Black pepper can be one of the best spices for cough because it is sharp, light, dry, hot and penetrating. The taste after digestion is pungent (katu).
However, pepper is very hot. Therefore caution is advised because it irritates Pitta, dries up and destroys Kapha. Please do not use on small children and weak children.
Not ideal for people with stomach ulcers or gastritis.
Black pepper*, whole
* from controlled organic cultivation