Cubeb Berries Whole
Botanical Name: Piper cubeba
Cubebs is an herb. The dried, fully-grown but unripe fruit is used to make medicine.
People use cubebs for increasing urination to relieve water retention (as a diuretic). They also use it to treat a certain parasitic infection in the intestines called amoebic dysentery. Other uses include treatment of intestinal gas, gonorrhea, and cancer. Some people take it for loosening mucus.
In foods, cubebs oil is used as a flavoring ingredient.
Cubebs contains cubebic acid, which might have an effect on the urinary and respiratory tracts.