Information on Cubeb

Latin NamePiper cubeba
Other NamesCubeba
Part UsedFruit
Herb FormsTinctures, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsContraindicated in nephritis.
Botanical InfoAn evergreen shrub or climbing vine in the pepper family; native to Indonesia.
DescriptionCubeb berries are diuretic, expectorant, and aromatic and have been used for respiratory infections and bronchial inflammation. They are also indicated for urinary tract infections, catarrh of the bladder, and leukorrea. Cubeb powder has been shown effective in treating amoebic dysentery.

Cubeb has a taste of PUNGENT and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion2-4 grams daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful daily

Ailments Treated by Cubeb

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bladder infectiondiuretictincture, tea
Bronchitisexpectoranttincture, tea, capsule


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McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.