Cubeb {Piper chaba}

Cubeb or chab or avya or gaja pippali

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balances Vata and Kapha
  2. Taste – Pungent
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Traditional Action: Digestive
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Help treats haemorrhoid, worms, cough common colds, spleen diseases, and pain.


Modern Research

Cubeb and its components have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitumor, anthelminitic, antimalarial, anticancer, analgesic, antipyretic, gastroprotective, and hepatoprotective effects. Several components has also been shown to have adipogenesis effects, increasing mRNA levels of adiponectin, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma2 (PPARgamma2), glucose transporter 4(Glut4), and  insulin receptor substrate 1(IRS-1).