Black pepper : pungent and warming

Black pepper is known as one of the most commonly and utilise medicinal herbs, but in resent times, it has been relinquished to the culinary backseat. Black pepper has a wonderful pungent and warmingPepper property, which not only can enhance favour but can also assist in digestive and circulatory function. The black pepper plant processes properties which are antimicrobial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, circulatory stimulant, and can stimulating diaphorese.


Black pepper can have a extensive range of uses, due to its hot and stimulating nature it is fabulous for a variety of cold and flu symptoms, like chills, fevers and mucus congestion. Black pepper can assist with micro circulation by increasing blood vessel circulation and thus help with cold feet and hands.

One of the most fascinating aspects of black pepper ability to increase bioavailability, that is to increase the absorption rate of food and herbs into the body. From a food aspect black pepper will increase the nutrition which will enter the body but when it comes to herbs and drugs may act synergistic, where the effects would be enhanced.


Chinese five spice mix

3 teaspoons of peppercorns

3 teaspoons cinnamon bits

3 whole star anise

2 teaspoon whole cloves

2 teaspoon fennel seeds


Place the herbs in a warm fry pan with no oil and stir for 3 to 4 min


Grind the herbs in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder until fine powder

Store in an air tight containers





The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

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Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine