Latin name: Embelia ribes Burm. f. (Myrsinaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Vidanga, Tandula, Krimighna, Baberang, Vayvidang
False Black Pepper has been known as an anthemintic (expulsion of parasitic worms from the body). An 1887 report published in The Lancet revealed that the herb is a potent remedy for tapeworm.
Its anti-inflammatory properties are effective in treating swollen gums. The dried fruit is used in decoctions for fevers and for chest and skin diseases. The fruit has antibacterial properties.
The principal constituent of the herb is embelin. It also contains some volatile oils, some stable oils, tannins, resins, fatty acids and alkaloids like christembine. The aqueous extract of the herb is most effective in expelling parasitic worms.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The herb is helpful in combating E.coli and ascariasis.
- False Black Pepper soothes respiratory tract disorders, like cough and chest congestion.
- It is effective in treating fungal skin infections.