Numerous Health Benefits and Uses of Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica)
Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica)
Bibhitaki or Baheda is one among three fruits of Triphala. It is a brownish-grey colored large deciduous tree of up to 30 meters height, found throughout India like – Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is also found in the lower hills of Southeast Asia and plains.
This plant is composed of various chemical compounds such as egalic acid, galic acid, galloyl, glucose, chebugalic acid, oxalic acid, sitosterol, protein, tannins, glucose, galactose, fructose, ramnose, mannitol, and chebulasic acid.
It is as follows –
- Kingdom – Plantae
- Family – Combretaceae
- Order – Myrtales
- Botanical name – Terminalia bellirica
- Arabic name – Balelaj
- Bengali name – Bayada
- Dravidi name – Tanikooya
- English name – Baheda
- Farsi name – Baleel
- Hindi name – Baheda
- Kannada name – Tarekapi
- Latin name – Terminalia bellerica
- Punjabi name – Baheda
- Persian name – Talelah
- Sanskrit name – Vibhitak, Akshay, Karshfala, Kalidrum
- Telugu name – Vadikaya
Terms Used for This Herb
Following terms are used –
- Chakshushya – Herb beneficial for eyes
- Keshya – Herb beneficial for hair
- Kanthya – Herb effective for throat
- Rasayana – Herb rejuvenating in nature
Ayurvedic Properties of Bibhitaki
- Rasa (Taste) – Kshaya (Astringent)
- Guna (Physical Property) – Laghu (Light) and ruksha (dry)
- Virya (Potency) – Ushna (Hot)
- Vipaka (Metabolic Property – After Digestion) – Sweet (Madhur).
Seed, seed kernel and fruit rind.
Effects on Doshas
It helps to balance Pitta and Kapha dosha –
- Kasahara -Herbs useful for cough and cold.
- Jawarhara -Herbs which Relieves fever.
- Virechnopaga –Herbs used in purgation therapy.
An Ancient Verse About Bibhitaki
Reference – Bhavprakash nighantu
This verse explains about various synonyms and properties of Bibhitaki. Synonyms are – Aksh, bhootvaas, karshfala, kaliyugalya and kalidrum. It is astringent in taste but changes to sweet taste after digestion, hot in potency, has cooling effects and pacifies Pitta and Kapha dosha. Seed kernel is astringent in taste, easy to digest, narcotic, used to cure thirst, pacifies kapha and vata dosha and used to induce purgation therapy. Bibhitaki is useful in cough, eye problems, hair problems, worm infestation, voice hoarseness and purgation therapy.
Health benefits and uses of Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)
1. In Infections
This herb is very useful to fight with various infections due to its anti-bacterial property.
2. In Hair Growth
This herb is having a rejuvenating property which makes it helpful in hair growth.
3. In Respiratory Problems
It shows great results in managing respiratory problems like – Asthma, cough, common cold, hoarseness of voice and blood in sputum.
4. In inflammation
It shows great results in inflammatory conditions like Rheumatism. The seed oiL or paste of fruit is used for external application.
5. In Skin Problems
Seed oil is very useful in treating various skin diseases, in imparting black color to hair by boosting the hair growth. This oil also prevents premature graying of hair.
6. In Eye Disorders
Fruit paste is very helpful to cure conjunctivitis, myopia, corneal opacity and cataract. Paste can be locally applied on eyelids.
7. In Indigestion
Bibhitaki is very useful to cure problems related to digestion like – vomiting, loss of appetite, thirst, bloating, and flatulence. It also gives good results in curing piles and various worm infestations. The decoction of seed kernels is used.
8. In Pacifying Dosha
Bibhitaki is very useful in pacifying all three doshas, especially Pitta and Kapha dosha in the body.
9. Supportive For The Tissues Of The Body
This herb is very supportive for three essential tissues of the body which are –
• Bone (Asthi dhatu)
• Muscle (Mamsa dhatu)
• Plasma (Rasa dhatu)
10. Other uses
Bibhitaki is a very useful herb and very effective to cure dysentery, HTN, heart diseases, chest pain, dysuria, respiratory disorders and lowering cholesterol levels. Bibhitaki is also used in mouthwashes to treat halitosis.
Planet Ayurveda Products Which Contain Bibhitaki as an Ingredient
Planet Ayurveda serves various products which contain Bibhitaki. All these products are natural, pure, vegetarian, chemical-free, preservative-free and side effect free. These can be used for a prolonged period of time and are safe to use. All products are manufactured under the supervision of the MD Ayurvedic Doctors, by strictly following the principles of Ayurveda. Products include –
1. Bibhitaki Powder
This is an effective Ayurvedic formulation by Planet Ayurveda, useful in balancing all the three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) mainly kapha dosha, so very helpful in relieving respiratory disorders. This herb is astringent, sweet in taste and helps to maintain body health and throat health. Bibhitaki is having anti-asthmatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-tussive, expectorant properties and helps to keep the system warm and light.
Dosage – Half to one teaspoonful twice in a day with plain water after meals.
2. Navkarshik Churna
This formulation is a popular Classical Ayurvedic formulation from ‘Chakradatt Samhita’ used in Gouty arthritis, especially when the toe joint is very much involved and the uric acid is very high. These herbs act in a synergistic manner. Manjistha, Neem and Katuki purify the blood, help in correcting the metabolism of ‘Pitta’ and regulate heat in our body. Daruhaldi acts as an anti-inflammatory herb. Giloy improves immunity due to its immunomodulator property. This herb relieves ‘Vata’ and removes toxins from the body because it contains Triphala (Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki), so also effective in treating swollen, painful joints and other types of arthritis.
Dosage – One tsp. to one tbsp. two times a day with plain water after meals.
3. Arogyavardhni Vati
Planet Ayurveda serves highly authentic supplements which are widely used by people all over the world. Arogayavardhni vati is based on a classical formulation, mentioned in the ancient texts of Ayurveda. It is a good herbal product, a great natural supplement containing Bibhitaki, used for supporting health and well being. It is 100% natural, does not contain additives, preservatives, colors, dyes, binders, starch, yeast, fillers and can be taken as a good dietary supplement to support healthy living.
Dosage – 1- 2 tablets twice or thrice in a day with plain water after meals.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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