Some of the recorded uses here were for Piper sumatranum, which we have included as a synonym for this species[
Piper ribesioides is an evergreen, climbing shrub producing very stout stems.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a medicine and food flavouring. It is said to be occasionally cultivated for its fruits, which contain an oil that is used as a spice[
]. The stems are commonly sold in markets in northern Laos for use as a spice[
E. Asia - Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Malaysia.
Common in lowland forest[
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Very closely related to P. Cubeba and P. Pedicellosum.
An essential oil obtained from the fruit is used as a spice[
The stem is used as a flavouring. It is very spicy, with peppery and chilli tones, and leaves a lingering aftertaste. It is used especially in Northern Laos and northern Thailand food, and has a slightly numbing effect on the tongue[
This species is related to P. Cubeba and is said to have similar uses[
]. These uses are:-
Cubeb is a bitter, antiseptic, stimulant herb with a pungent, turpentine-allspice aroma[
]. Both the fruits and essential oil are used and have diuretic and expectorant effects whilst also improving digestion[
The fruits contain a number of medically active compounds including an essential oil; a bitter principle (cubebin); an alkaloid (piperidine); resin and a fixed oil[
The immature, dried fruits are used in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, throat and genito-urinary infections, poor digestion and amoebic dysentery[
Cubeb oil is antiseptic, carminative, diuretic and a stimulating expectorant[
]. It is used as an ingredient of some throat lozenges[
An essential oil is obtained from the fruit[
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