Pepper, one of the oldest known spices, is native to tropical Asia. India is one of the largest producers of pepper in the world.
Pepper, rich in essential oil, is an aromatic herb, that helps prevent intestinal flatulence, promotes sweating and urination. Pepper signals the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid which is required to digest food. This prevents food from staying for too long in the stomach, and prevents stomach irritation and flatulence.
Black Pepper also has great anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. It stimulates absorption of several micronutrients in the body such as coenzyme Q-10, beta-carotene and EGCG (a powerful anti-oxidant).
In Ayurveda, pepper seeds are used in the form of medication for relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. Sucking a few pepper corns provides instants relief from dry cough and throat irritation.