Pippali, Pippalī, Pīppalī: 29 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Cikitsa (natural therapy and treatment for medical conditions)

Source: Wisdom Library: Ayurveda: Cikitsa

Pippalī (पिप्पली):—A Sanskrit word referring to the “long pepper” herb and is used throughout Ayurvedic 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: Ancient Science of Life: Botanical identification of plants described in Mādhava Cikitsā

Pippalī (पिप्पली) (or Kaṇā, Kṛṣṇā) (one of the tryuṣaṇa) refers to the medicinal plant Piper longum L., and is used in the treatment of atisāra (diarrhoea), according to the 7th century Mādhavacikitsā chapter 2. Atisāra refers to a condition where there are three or more loose or liquid stools (bowel movements) per day or more stool than normal.  The second chapter of the Mādhavacikitsā explains several preparations [including Pippalī] through 60 Sanskrit verses about treating this problem.

Dietetics and Culinary Art (such as household cooking)

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to a type of spices according to Atharvaveda VI. 109, and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Spices referred to in Vedic literature are haridrā and pippalī. Dharmasūtra literature mentions other spices such as marica and hiṅgu.

Kalpa (Formulas, Drug prescriptions and other Medicinal preparations)

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Yogaśataka of Pandita Vararuci

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to a medicinal plant known as Piper longum Linn., and is mentioned in the 10th century Yogaśataka written by Pandita Vararuci.—The Yogaśataka of Pandita Vararuci is an example of this category. This book attracts reader by its very easy language and formulations which can be easily prepared and have small number of herbs (viz., Pippalī). It describes only those formulations which are the most common and can be used in majority conditions of diseases.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Evaluation of Cyavanaprāśa on Health and Immunity related Parameters in Healthy Children

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to the medicinal plant known as Piper longum, Fr., and is used in the Ayurvedic formulation known as Cyavanaprāśa: an Ayurvedic health product that helps in boosting immunity.—Cyavanaprāśa has been found to be effective as an immunity booster, vitalizer and a preventer of day to day infections and allergies such as common cold and cough etc. It is a classical Ayurvedic formulation comprising ingredients such as Pippalī. [...] Cyavanaprāśa can be consumed in all seasons as it contains weather friendly ingredients which nullify unpleasant effects due to extreme environmental and climatic conditions.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Piper longum Linn.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning pippalī] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Pippalī (पिप्पली) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Piper longum Linn. or “Indian long pepper” from the Piperaceae or ‘pepper’ family of flowering plants, according to verse 6.11-13 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Pippalī is commonly known in Hindi as Pippalī or Pipara; in Bengali as Pīpula; in Marathi and Gujarati as Pipalī; in Telugu as Pipallu; and in Tamil as Tipili.

Pippalī is mentioned as having eighteen synonyms: Kṛkarā, Śauṇḍī, Capalā, Māgadhī, Kaṇā, Kaṭuvījā, Koraṅgī, Vaidehī, Tiktataṇḍulā, Śyāmā, Dantaphalā, Kṛṣṇā, Kolā, Magadhodbhavā, Uṣṇā, Upakulyā, Smṛtyāhvā and Tīkṣṇataṇḍulā.

Properties and characteristics: “Pippalī is febrifuge, aphrodisiac, unctuous, hot (uṣṇa), pungent and bitter. It stiumlates the digestion and is indicated in the disease due to vāta and/or kapha-doṣa. It cures asthma, cough and tuberculosis”.

Veterinary Medicine (The study and treatment of Animals)

Source: Asian Agri-History: Paśu Āyurvēda (Veterinary Medicine) in Garuḍapurāṇa

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to Piper longum, and is used in the treatment of Horses (Gajāyurveda or Aśvāyurveda) in the Garuḍapurāṇa.—[Treatment of worms, mucous discharges, Intoxication and deranged Vāyu]—A compound formulation made up of powdered paṭola (snake gourd), nimba (neem) leaves, vacā (sweet flag), Citraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Pippalī (Piper longum), Śṛṅgavera (Zingiber officinale) should be administered to the horse with water.

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Pippali (पिप्पलि) or “long pepper” is used in the treatment of snake-bites such as those caused by the Uṣṇa, Śopha, Pītta or Ghoṇasa varietes of Maṇḍalī-snakes, according to the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Viṣavidyā or Sarpavidyā).—Accordingly, the treatment is mentioned as follows: “A drink prepared from butter, curd, salt, honey and Kaṭutraya is the generic treatment for Maṇḍalī snakes. Cooked Kadamba mixed with ghee and water must be consumed. White sesame also helps in alleviating this poison. Paste made out of ginger, pepper, long pepper (pippali), and salt in equal measures mixed with butter , when applied , forms an efficacious antidote”.

Unclassified Ayurveda definitions

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Pippalī (पिप्पली).—The Sanskrit name for an important Ayurvedic 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: archive.org: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to “long pepper” and is one of the pañcakola (“five spices”), mentioned in verse 3.46 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—By pañcakola (“the five spices”) are meant long pepper (pippalī), long-pepper roots (pippalīmūla) , elephant pepper (cavya), plumbago (citraka), and dry ginger (nāgara). Instead of lṅai CD offer lṅa ni, which is probably corrupt for lṅa-yi.

Source: Website of Todd Caldecott: 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: Ancient Science of Life: Vaidyavallabha: An Authoritative Work on Ayurveda Therapeutics

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to Piper longum, and is recommended for use in headache, according to the 17th-century Vaidyavallabha (chapter 7) written by Hastiruci.—The Vaidyavallabha is a work which deals with the treatment and useful for all 8 branches of Ayurveda. The text Vaidyavallabha has been designed based on the need of the period of the author, availability of drugs (viz., pippalī) during that time, disease manifesting in that era, socio-economical-cultural-familial-spiritual-aspects of that period Vaidyavallabha.

Source: eJournal of Indian Medicine: Jajjaṭa’s Nirantarapadavyākhyā and Other Commentaries on the Carakasaṃhitā

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to Piper longum Linn., and is a medicinal plant mentioned in the 7th-century Nirantarapadavyākhyā by Jejjaṭa (or Jajjaṭa): one of the earliest extant and, therefore, one of the most important commentaries on the Carakasaṃhitā.—(Cf. Glossary of Vegetable Drugs in Bṛhattrayī 249-250, Singh and Chunekar, 1999).—(Cf. Indian Medicinal Plants 4:290, Arya Vaidya Sala, 1993-96.)

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 114. 25.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to “long pepper” (Piper longum), according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 16) (“On the planets—graha-bhaktiyoga”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] Venus also presides over simple silk, coloured silk, wollen cloth, white silk, Rodhra, Patra, Coca, nutmeg, Agaru, Vacā, Pippalī and sandal”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Sports, Arts and Entertainment (wordly enjoyments)

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Source: archive.org: Syainika Sastra of Rudradeva with English Translation (art)

Pippalī (पिप्पली) refers to “long pepper” (used in the treatment of Hawks), according to the Śyainika-śāstra: a Sanskrit treatise dealing with the divisions and benefits of Hunting and Hawking, written by Rājā Rudradeva (or Candradeva) in possibly the 13th century.—Accordingly, [while discussing the treatment of hawks]: “If a white spot forms on the eyes owing to heat, smoke or some kind of hurt, [...] Or a pill made of the following drugs in equal quantities, soaked in goat’s urine and dried in the shade, may be given ; turmeric, leaves of nīm/neem, pepper, yellow myrobalan, long pepper (pippalī), Cyperus rotundus, and viḍaṅga. It should be administered with honey and goat’s milk in the case of the red kind of birds. This pill destroys the spot, as if the pill had been made by Rudra”.

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This section covers the skills and profiencies of the Kalas (“performing arts”) and Shastras (“sciences”) involving ancient Indian traditions of sports, games, arts, entertainment, love-making and other means of wordly enjoyments. Traditionally these topics were dealt with in Sanskrit treatises explaing the philosophy and the justification of enjoying the pleasures of the senses.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Pippali [पिप्पली] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Piper longum L. from the Piperaceae (Pepper) family. For the possible medicinal usage of pippali, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Pippali in India is the name of a plant defined with Pedalium murex in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Rogeria microcarpa Klotzsch (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Naturwissenschaftliche Reise nach Mossambique (1861)
· Annales des Sciences Naturelles (Paris) (1865)
· Prodromus Stirpium in Horto ad Chapel Allerton vigentium (1796)
· Ethnobotany (2004)
· Systema Naturae, ed. 10

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Derivable forms: pippaliḥ (पिप्पलिः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pippali (पिप्पलि).—f.

(-liḥ) Long-pepper: see pippala.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Pippalī (पिप्पली):—[from pippala] a f. See sub voce

2) Pippali (पिप्पलि):—[from pippala] f. long pepper, [Āpastamba.???]

3) [v.s. ...] n. (with vasiṣṭhasya) Name of a Sāman.

4) Pippalī (पिप्पली):—[from pippala] b f. a berry, [Atharva-veda]

5) [v.s. ...] Piper Longum (both plant and berry), [Rāmāyaṇa; Varāha-mihira; Suśruta]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pippali (पिप्पलि):—(liḥ) 2. f. Long-pepper.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Pippalī (पिप्पली) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Pipparī, Pippali, Pippalī.

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Pippali in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Pippali (पिप्पलि) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Pippali.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pippali (ಪಿಪ್ಪಲಿ):—

1) [noun] the pepper plant Piper cubeba ( = Cubeba officinalis) of Piperaceae family.

2) [noun] its black seeds.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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Tamil dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pippali in Tamil glossary
Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Pippali (பிப்பலி) noun < pippalī. Long pepper. See திப்பலி. (வைத்திய மலையகராதி) [thippali. (vaithiya malaiyagarathi)]

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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