Scientific name: Piper cubeba

Family name: Piperaceae


P.cubebais an annual wood-climbing plant that is 5-15 metres high. The climbing branches have oval-shaped leaves, small flowers and greyish brown coloured fruits. The fruit is spicy with a bitter taste and strong aromatic smell. Kabab chini in English is called tailed pepper or cubebe. It is known by different names in different languages and regions of India, kabab chini in Gujarati is tadmari, kababchini in Tamil is chinamilagu, sinamilagu and valmilagu, whereas kabab chini in Malayalam is vaalmilagu.

Chemical constituents:
The dried cubeb berries contain essential oil comprising monoterpenes (sabinene 50%, α-thujene, and carene) and sesquiterpenes (caryophyllene, copaene, α- and β-cubebene, δ-cadinene, germacrene), the oxides 1,4- and 1,8-cineole and the alcohol cubebol.

Taste (Rasa): Kababchini is believed to have a pungent and slightly sweet taste.
Energy (Virya): It is considered to have a heating or warming energy.
Post-digestive Effect (Vipaka): It is believed to have a pungent post-digestive effect.
Dosha: Kababchini is often used to balance Vata and Kaphadoshas and may aggravate Pitta dosha if used in excess.

  1. Bacterial and Fungal Issues
    Kabab chini uses have been effective for many people due to their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It gets rid of bacteria and deals with fungal issues, in turn, helping you heal faster.
  2. Cold & Cough
    Its antipyretic properties help you fight mild fevers, cold and cough. We take it in the form of tea along with holy basil and turmeric powder. You could add it to tea or any hot beverage when you are down with a cold.
  3. Reduces Inflammation
    As an anti-inflammatory it works on different parts of your body. It gives you relief from swelling and pain when consumed orally. Kabab chini medicinal uses can differ as per inflammation.
  4. Anti-Estrogenic
    Cubeb is great for reducing estrogen, especially for men with low testosterone.
    Its antiseptic properties have been great for dental problems, especially halitosis (mouth odour). It even helps cure mouth ulcers. It is one of the common cubeb benefits.
  5. Urinary Issues
    If you are suffering from pain while urinating or a burning sensation, kabab chini powder is great for you. It also helps urinary retention and stimulates urination if you are finding it tough to do so.

Is Kababchini safe:
Yes, it is good for your health. As per Unani and Ayurveda, kabab chini eases pain and inflammation and acts as a potent antioxidant. It is used to treat fungal, bacterial and worm infections.