The dried, unripe berries of the East Indian cubeb shrub (Piper cubeba), native to the East Indies and the Malabar Coast, resemble the grains of black pepper but are less spicy and pungent. They were used extensively as a tonic for nerves and stomach, an abortive for kidney and bladder stones, a support for asthma and other bronchial troubles, and as a potent laxative. Cubeb brandy was used to help support symptoms of infections.
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