Thirikadugam powder

For generations, Ayurveda and Siddha practitioners have been using the three powerful herbs – Dry ginger (Sukku), black peppercorn (Milagu) and long pepper (Thippili) as a cure for various respiratory ailments. A combination of these three herbs, popularly known as Thirikadugam is used to cure common cold, flu, cough and even certain types of fever. In addition, this powder boosts immunity and guards against various infections.

Dry ginger – Names in other languages:

  • Scientific name – Zingiber officinale
  • English – Dry ginger
  • Hindi – Sonth
  • Sanskrit – Sunthi
  • Malayalam – Chukku
  • Bengali – Sonth
  • Tamil – Sukku
  • Kannada – Shunti
  • Telugu – Sonti


Long pepper – Names in other languages

  • Scientific name – Piper longum
  • English – Long pepper
  • Hindi – Pipli
  • Sanskrit – pippali
  • Malayalam – Tippali
  • Bengali – Pipal
  • Tamil – Thippili
  • Kannada – Hippali
  • Telugu – Pippallu


In this tutorial, we shall see how to make Thirikadugam powder at home and how to use it to find relief from common cold, cough, sore throat and flu.

How to make Thirikadugam powder to cure cold, cough and sore throat

  • 20 gms Dry ginger (Sukku in Tamil)
  • 20 gms Long pepper (Kandathippili in tamil (Arisi thippili can also be used))
  • 20 gms Black pepper (Milagu in Tamil)

How to make Thirikadugam powder?

  1. Take equal quantity of the three ingredients specified. You can make larger quantities too, based on your need.
  2. Take black peppercorn in a blender. Keep this aside.
  3. On a grinding stone (or any such hard surface), place dry ginger. Crush them well with another stone.
  4. Crush into small pieces as shown. Dry ginger is very hard and the blenders we use may not be able to grind them well. Or in some cases, the blender may get damaged. We crush and use dry ginger to avoid these.
  5. Add crushed dry ginger to the pepper.
  6. Similar to dry ginger, take long pepper on a grinding stone. Crush well.
  7. Crush into such small pieces.
  8. Place crushed long pepper in the blender and blend on high for 4 – 5 minutes. You will get a fine powder.
  9. Here is Thirikadugam powder. Sieving the powder isn’t necessary as a few granules wouldn’t hurt.

How to consume?

  1. In a small glass, take 1/2 teaspoon of Thirikadugam powder.
  2. Pour hot water into the glass.
  3. Stir well and drink.


You can drink this as many as 3 – 4 times a day to find a cure from any of the issues specified.

When you consume this drink as a prevention, once a day would suffice. Too much consumption would increase body heat and is hence not advisable.

Other than that, this drink is absolutely safe and extremely rewarding too.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.