Pippali, aka: Pippalī, Pīppalī; 5 Definition(s)


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Ayurveda (science of life)

[Pippali in Ayurveda glossaries]

Pippalī (पिप्पली):—A Sanskrit word referring to the “long pepper” herb and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known as Māgadhī or Upakulyā. Its official botanical name is Piper longum and is commonly referred to in English as “Indian long pepper”. It grows throughout the Indian subcontinent and usually prefers evergreen forests.

This plant (Pippalī) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is also known by the name Granthika. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of both the Pippalīdvaya and Trikaṭu group of medicinal drugs.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Pippalī (पिप्पली).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug.—It was mostly obrained from Magadha and Videha (hence is called Māgadhī and Vaidehī) and has synonyms as Kṛṣṇā and Capalā. It pacifies vāta and kapha, promotes strength and is useful in cough and chronic fevers.

(Source): Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Pippalī is a slender aromatic climber with a perrenial woody root, an erect rootstalk, with many jointed branches, the nodes swollen and sometimes rooting. The leaves are entire, glabrous, with reticulate venation, the lower leaves ovate, cordate, on long petioles, the upper leaves smaller, similarly cordate but oblong-oval, petioles short or absent. Pippalī is without a doubt the most celebrated and widely used pungent remedy in Āyurveda, used as a simple home remedy in the treatment of disorders such as dyspepsia, coryza and bronchitis, and also as an important rasāyana dravya. Botanical name: Piper longum, Piperaceae.

(Source): Website of Todd Caldecott: ayurveda
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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[Pippali in Purana glossaries]

Pīppalī (पीप्पली).—A river from Rṣyavān.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 114. 25.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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[Pippali in Sanskrit glossaries]

Pippali (पिप्पलि) or Pippalī (पिप्पली).—f. Long pepper.

Derivable forms: pippaliḥ (पिप्पलिः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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