Kabab Chini Benefits, Uses, Side Effects & More

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What Is Kabab Chini

Kabab Chini, also known as Cubeb pepper or Java pepper has a unique flavor profile that is slightly sweet, peppery, and with hints of citrus and pine. While popular as a spice and flavoring agent, the ingredient is most renowned for its therapeutic potential and is widely recommended in Ayurvedic medicine.

Kabab Chini Benefits

Brain Health

Primary Benefits: Our thoughts and memories define who we are, making degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia so devastating. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to protect against these age-related conditions. Kabab Chini is one such helpful herb, which is proven to prevent lipofuscinogenesis, a process that accelerates brain aging 1

Liver Protection

Primary Benefits: Increased exposure to toxicity is taking a greater toll today, which is no surprise given the rapid pace of urbanization and resultant changes in diet and lifestyle. Herbs and spices can play a crucial role in protecting liver function from the pressure of toxicity, both through detoxifying and hepatoprotective action. These benefits have been well established in investigations of Kabab Chini 2.

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Kidney Function

Primary Benefits: Chronic kidney disease is another public health threat that is rapidly increasing in India, especially among people with diabetes. In addition to lifestyle and dietary changes to protect kidney function, we can also explore Kabab Chini benefits. Clinical studies show that roughly 42 days of supplementation could improve clinical symptoms and disease management in non-dialysis dependent patients with chronic kidney disease 3

Fight Infections

Secondary Benefits: Certain compounds found in Kabab Chini have demonstrated antimicrobial properties in laboratory studies 4. They have shown activity against various bacteria and fungi. Experts believe that these effects are most likely a result of the essential oils and lignans present in Kabab Chini, especially cubebin and hinokinin.

Anti-Diabetic Activity

Secondary Benefits: Kabab Chini could play an increasingly important role in the fight against diabetes as researchers have been closely studying the effect of the herb in glycemic control. They have found that Kabab Chini helps by inhibiting the action of certain digestive enzymes like α-amylase and α-glucosidase. While the herb can help with diabetes control, you should speak to your doctor about using it 5.

Treats Erectile Dysfunction

Secondary Benefits: Erectile dysfunction can be notoriously hard to treat because of various contributing factors, such as aging, psychological problems, heart disease, and so on. Conventional treatments therefore pose a high risk of side effects. Kabab Chini is regarded as potential alternative of considerable value as the dried seeds have been found to improve erectile function most probably by inducing vascular relaxation 6.


Secondary Benefits: Kabab Chini has been traditionally used to promote digestive health. It is believed to possess carminative properties that may help relieve flatulence, indigestion, and stomach discomfort. It is sometimes used as a natural remedy for gastrointestinal issues. Studies confirm that Kabab Chini benefits extend beyond treating minor digestive problems, also exhibiting antiulcer and gastric cytoprotective effects 7.

Cancer PreventionPrimary Benefits: There is no foolproof way to prevent any cancer, but lowering your risk can make a huge difference and this is one of the most notable Kabab Chini uses. Many Kabab Chini compounds such as cubebin have been investigated for anticancer and cytotoxic potential. Results so far have been promising, with the fruit extract destroying some breast and colon cancer cells 8.

How To Use Kabab Chini 

The simplest way to use Kabab Chini is by adding it to your diet. You can use it in the following:

  • Spice Blends: Kabab Chini is often included in spice blends like garam masala, curry powder, and ras el hanout. It adds depth of flavor and enhances the overall taste of the dishes.
  • Pickles and Preserves: The berries can be added to pickles and preserves to impart a unique flavor. They are sometimes included in chutneys, relishes, and pickled vegetables.
  • Soups and Stews: Kabab Chini can be added to soups, stews, and sauces to enhance their flavor. It can provide a subtle spicy and aromatic note to the dish.
  • Beverages: In some traditional drinks and cocktails, Kabab Chini is used to add a distinct flavor. It can be infused in teas, syrups, or mixed into beverages for a unique twist.

When using Kabab Chini, it is common to grind the berries before adding them to the dish to release their flavors. However, it is also possible to use them whole in certain preparations and remove them before serving.

You can also use Kabab Chini in the form of Ayurvedic supplements or by consuming polyherbal formulations that contain this ingredient.

Kabab Chini Side Effects And Safety

Kabab Chini is generally considered safe for culinary use, but there is little information about dosage and side effects when used as a drug. It’s important to note that individual responses can vary, and some people may be more sensitive to certain ingredients. Just be cautious and start with small doses to minimize the risk of allergic reactions, gastrointestinal upsets and interaction with other medications.


If you are considering using Kabab Chini for its potential health benefits, it would be best to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner for personalized advice and guidance. Until you do so, simply use it as garnishing in food, but exercise caution and use it in moderation.


1. Is Kabab Chini same as black pepper?

No, Kabab Chini is not the same as black pepper, although it can be confused because its odor is like a combination of spices that includes black pepper, as well as Lavang and Jayphal.

2. How does Kabab Chini taste?

Kabab chini has a mildly spicy and peppery taste, but it also has a bitter flavor that adds to its complexity. In fact, it is often called ‘Allspice’ because it tastes like a combination of different spices.

3. Can I use Kabab Chini for cough and cold?

Yes, Kabab Chini can help treat coughs, colds and the flu. Simply use it as a herbal tea, along with other ingredients like Tulsi and Haldi.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for general information and not meant to substitute any medical advice. Please consult your doctor for appropriate medical consultation.


  1. https://www.scielo.br/j/bjb/a/nCFtY7CBGrFhWD3bFcFHdvg/?lang=en
  2. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/359358/
  3. https://www.ijrrjournal.com/IJRR_Vol.7_Issue.1_Jan2020/Abstract_IJRR0055.html
  4. https://www.wjpps.com/Wjpps_controller/abstract_id/28
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28603121/
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23401173/
  7. https://www.lifescienceglobal.com/86-abstract/ijbwi/491-abstract-antiulcerogenic-anti-secretory-and-cytoprotective-effects-of-piper-cubeba-l-on-experimental-ulcer-models-in-rat
  8. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2022.1048520/full

Dr. Deepa Kadam

Dr. Deepa has over 25 years of experience making her one of the notable medical professionals in the field of Ayurveda with expertise in Ayurvedic pharmacology.