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     FOREVER Bibhitaki

Terminalia belerica

 

 

  Sanskrit

:

Bibhitaka, Aksha, Karshaphala, Kalidruma, Bhutavasa, Kaliyugalaya
  English : Belleric myrobalan
  Hindi : Baheda, Bahira, Bahura
  Latin name : Terminalia belerica
  Family : Combretaceae

 

 

Morphology:

It is a large deciduous tree found throughout the Indian forest and plains. Leaves are petiolate, broadly elliptic, clustered towards the end of branches.. Flowers are greenish yellow, simple,  in axillary spikes with offensive odour. Calyx lobes are pubescent outside. The fruits are green and inflated when young and yellowish and shrink (nearly seen as ribbed) when mature. The nut is stony.

Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic Properties:

  Rasa : Kashaya (astringent)
Guna : Ruksha (dry), Laghu (Light)
  Vipaka : Madhura (Sweet)
  Virya : Ushna (Hot)
  Doshakarma :

Kaphapittajit  (Pacifies Kapha and Pitta)

Useful part: Fruit, seed, bark

Chemical compositon:

The principle constituents are Triterpenoids cardiac glycoside saponins, bellericoside, bellericanin, Sterols B-sitosterol, Tannin gallic acid, ellagic acid.

It also contains galloyl glucose and number of free sugars. The seeds contain protein and oxalic acid, while bark contains tannin and its oil contains palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids as major fatty acids.

 

Medicinal Properties:

Fruits are asrtringent, acrid, sweet, thermogenic, anti-inflammatory, anodyne, styptic, narcotic, digestive, anthelmintic, aperient, expectorant, ophthalmic, antipyretic, antiemetic and rejuvenating. It has purgative, blood pressure depressant, antifungal, antihistaminic activity against viral hepatitis and vitiligo. Antiasthmatic, broncho-dilatory, antispasmodic, antibacterial, CNS stimulant, amoebicidal, antistress, anti-atherogenic agent and endurance promoting activity.

 

Medicinal Uses:

Bibhitaki primarily supports the healthy formation of three bodily tissues-nutrients plasma (rasa dhatu), muscle (mamsa dhatu) and bone (asthi dhatu).

It has been used both internally as well as externally.

 

 INTERNAL USES:

  • It is best for treating Kapha disorders,  by removing mucous from the digestive tract helping in better absorption of nutrients by the body.

  • Digestion: It is a good stomach tonic, it reconciles the digestive functions and helps in anorexia, flatulence, thirst, piles and worms. It softens the hard impacted feces in the rectum.

  • Respiratory system: It alleviates cough, relieves the blocked phlegm, controls bleeding in the sputum and eases the bronchospasms.

  • Insomnia: It helps in deep sleep and alleviates pain in vata disorders..

  • Diarrhoea: Mature and dry fruit is constipating and is useful in diarrhoea

  • It is also useful in treating cardiac disorders , hemorrhage, leprosy, ulcers, urinary calculus, dyspepsia and general debility.

  EXTERNAL USES:

  • Externally its paste is applied on eyelids in conjunctivitis.

  • Seed oil or paste of fruit is applied on swollen and painful parts.

  • In  premature graying of hair- It boost hair growth and imparts black color.

  • Fruit powder is useful in wound dressing to arrest bleeding.

Dose: 3-6 gm of drug in powder form

Important formulation: Triphala churna, Triphala ghrita, Bibhitakadi kvatha, Talishadi churna, Lavangadivati

Home Remedies:

  • The churna of the dried fruit pulp is used with honey for severe cough and asthma.

  • The decoction of the dried fruit may be taken internally and externally as an eyewash in the treatment of ophthalmological disorders.

Contraindication: High vata, dry cough and dry skin

Summary:

Terminalia belerica  is one of the oldest medicinal herb of India. It  is an ingredient of Indian Ayurvedic drug 'triphala' used for the treatment of digestion and liver disorders. It is the best herb for controlling Kapha.

 

In an open clinical trial of 93 patients suffering from various respiratory conditions, It was found to have anti-asthmatic, anti-spasmodic, expectorant and anti-tussive activities. It had shown  reduction in  the levels of lipids in hypercholesterolemic animals, and promoted a significant decrease in liver and heart lipids. Experiments  have also shown that it possesses anti-HIV-1, antimalarial, antimutagenic and antifungal activities.

 


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