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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

(Piper nigrum)
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CONTRAINDICATED: Large amounts of members of the Piper family (pepper/s) should be avoided during PREGNANCY (abortifacient properties).

White and black peppers are produced from the same plant.
For black pepper the berries are dried in the sun before being fully ripe.
For white pepper the berries are allowed to ripen fully, then soaked in water until the outer coat peels off and then are dried in the sun.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH