Bibhitaki – Terminalia Belerica

Bibhitaki is a famous herb in India, it is a part of the famous formula called Triphala (Three Fruits).

Latin name: Terminalia Belerica
English name: Belleric myrobalan
Hindi name: Baheda, Bahira, Bahura

Its actual Sanskrit name is Vibheetaki. Bheeta means, fear. Vibheeta means lack of fear and Vibhitaki means the fruit that takes away the fear of disease, so it comes to show how useful this herb is.

Characteristics of Bibhitaki:

Rasa (Taste) – Kashaya (Astringent)
Guna (qualities) – Rooksha (dry), Laghu (light to digest)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Madhura (sweet)
Veerya (potency) – Ushna (hot)
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Kapha and Pitta.

In Triphala, which is laxative, Bibhitaki is providing the purgative factor. It is also regarded as Keshya (good for the hair), Kruminashanana (good for worm infestation), Netrahitam (good for the eyes), and many more.

According to Charaka, Bibhitaki is useful in fever, cough, cold and as a purgative.

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.

Recent research shows that bibhitaki reduces levels of lipids (important dietary constituents that are insoluble in water; they contain vitamins and essential fatty-acids; in excess they cause fat buildup in the tissues) throughout the body ad specifically lower the lipid levels in the liver and heart. This shows a strong action in preventing heart and liver fat congestion, which can lower the disease risk associated with those organs. Other studies indicate that bibhitaki has retroviral actions in inhibiting the viral growth in leukemia patients, and yet another study indicates the strong inhibiting effect bibhitaki has on the HIV virus.

Contraindication: High Vata, dry cough and dry skin

* This information is for general knowledge, please consult an Ayurvedic physician before takign any herbs.

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