Water Pepper

Other names: American water pepper, culrage, pepperwort, smartweed, water smartweed

Scientific name: Persicaria hydropiper

Common names:

Ayurvedic names:

Chinese names: La liao, Shui liao

Bangladesh names: Bishkatali?, Pakarmul?

Arabic names:    فلفل الماء (fulful al maa’e)

Rain Forest names:

Family: Fabaceae

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Whole herb, sprouts

Collection: Flowering time july to September

Annual/Perennial: Annual

Height: 20 to 70 cm

Actions:  Astringent, antiseptic, diaphretic, emmenagogue, stimulant, tonic

Known Constituents:

Constituents Explained:


Traditional Use:

It has been used for spotty menstruation, and the kidneys.1  A poultice made with charcoal has been put over the stomach and bowel area for stomach pain.1  It has been used in appendicitis.1

Clinical Studies: