Cubeba, Tailed Pepper, African Pepper

Cubeba, Tailed Pepper, African Pepper

Sanskrit name: Cavya
Botanical name: Piper Cubeba
Habitat: It is native to Africa





  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta

General information

Cubeb is native to Africa and was first introduced In Europe as a pepper with tail. Portugal King forbade import of tailed pepper fearing it would spoil the sail of Long Pepper. It is antiseptic, carminative, expectorant, laxative, purgative and aromatic in nature. It is also used as a spice in various Culinary purposes. Cubeb oil is helpful in treating urinary tract disorders. It is chewed in bad mouth odor conditions and other dental conditions. Oil is also helpful in treating common cold and cough.


No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

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