What is Black pepper?

Category: Nutrition/Diets


Black pepper is a flowering vine cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice or seasoning. The fruit is known as peppercorn when dried. The spiciness of black pepper is due to the chemical piperine. Eastern medicine has traditionally used it a a medicine for many conditions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Arthritis pain 1 0
Degenerative disc disease 1 0
Inflammation 1 1
Pain in back of neck and shoulders 1 0
Traumatic brain injury 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Black pepper

Side effect Patients Percentage


Based on patients currently using Black pepper

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.25 tsp. daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Black pepper

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 1
See 1 patient who's stopped using Black pepper


Currently using Black pepper

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped using Black pepper

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 0

What people switch to and from

Patients started using Black pepper after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Diclofenac (Voltaren) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Black pepper.