Family: Piperaceae

Synonym:Piper chaba Hunter

Bengali/Vernacular name: Chuijhal.

Tribal name: Choimarich (Khumi).

English name: Long pepper. 

Description of the plant: A perennial, rather bushy climbing shrub, up to 10 m long. Stem stout. Leaves simple, alternate, glabrous, firmly coriaceous, ovate-oblong or lanceolate, base cordate, apex acuminate. Fruiting spikes 2.5-5 cm long, stoutly peduncled, suberect, conico-cylindric, forming a fleshy cone of innumerable fruits.

Plant parts used: Leaf, fruit, root.

Herbal uses:Fruits of the plant are used forasthma, cough, cold, bronchitis, inflammation, piles, and pain in the abdomen and at the anustreatment.

Decoction prepared from the roots of the plant is taken internally as cure for colic, dyspepsia, and gastralgia.

Fruits of the plant are used for improves appetite and taste.

A handful of leaves are salted and oiled, then heated over embers and stroked over the entire body, from head to foot for fever remedy.

Leaves of the plant are used for the treatment of body pain.

A fresh juice extracted from the leaves of the plant is taken thrice a day (three tea spoons amount each time) until the schizophrenia is cured.

Fresh juice extracted from the leaves of the plant and massage is done to the affected part of the body twice a day until the rheumatic pain is cured.

Distribution: It is cultivated in Jessore and Khulna districts, especially in the Satkhira-Bagerhat areas.

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