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  • Vaividang – वैविदंग – False Black Pepper – Embelia ribes

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    Embelia ribes, Scientific name: Embelia ribes, Common names: False black pepper, vidanga, 

    Description: Woody climber that can grow up to 10 meters in length. Produces small, greenish-white flowers and dark, spherical berries.

    Traditional uses: Used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat digestive problems, respiratory ailments, and skin disorders.

    Active compounds: Contains a number of bioactive compounds, including embelin.

    Culinary uses: Dried berries (Organic)

    Ayurvedic properties:

    • Taste (Rasa): Embelia ribes is primarily bitter (Tikta) and pungent (Katu) in taste.
    • Energy (Virya): It is believed to have a heating energy (Ushna Virya) which helps to improve digestion and stimulate the body’s metabolism.
    • Post-digestive effect (Vipaka): The post-digestive effect of Embelia ribes is pungent (Katu Vipaka).
    • Doshas: It is believed to balance Kapha and Vata doshas, but may aggravate Pitta dosha in excess.
    • Actions (Karma): Embelia ribes is believed to have a wide range of actions, including digestive stimulant, carminative, expectorant, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.
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