Botanical name: Bibhitaki / Baheda
Bibhitaki - Summary
One of the constituents of ‘Triphala’ ,Bibhitaki is a fruit and widely used for many digestive disorders like diarrhea, biliousness, dyspepsia, etc. In Sanskrit, it means “fearless of disease”. It is found throughout India and for centuries, its leaves, fruits, and bark have been used in the treatment of various diseases. Its fruits are bitter, astringent, analgesic, brain stimulant, laxative and expectorant.
- One of the three ingredients of Triphala i.e Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amalaki.
- Profoundly used to treat all three types of dosha, especially for kapha.
- It is known to treat disease symptoms, give longevity, and promote intellectual ability and strength.
- According to Ayurveda, Bibhitaki is a wild-crafted fruit, which means it is not cultivated but is collected from immature forests.
- It belongs to three groups of herbs: Jwarahara, herbs used to relieve fever; Kasahara for cold and cough; and Virechanopaga, used for Panchakarma detoxification.
Bibhitaki and Doshas
- It soothes the imbalances of three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
- In the case of Kapha aggravation, the oral consumption of bahera helps clear Kapha because of its astringent and expectorant properties.
Bibhitaki - Health Benefits
- Improves digestion as its dried fruits have amazing digestive qualities
- Treats chronic constipation by acting on the peristalsis movement of lives and intestines
- Due to the presence of antioxidants and bio active elements, it strengthens immunity
- Strengthens the heart muscles and promotes healthy cardiac functioning
- Treats different types of ulcers like ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer, canker sores or mouth ulcers, etc.
- Relives pain and inflammation
- Pacifies the blood sugar levels in the body
- Improves cognitive ability
- Treats several respiratory problems like the common cold, cough, sore throat, and flu
Scientific Studies About Bibhitaki
- Bibhitaki or belerica has pharmacological characteristics such as antioxidant, anticancer, antidiabetic, wound healing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective potential
- Preclinical studies have revealed that Triphala and its ingredients, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellirica, and Emblica officinalis, possess substantial antibacterial effects against various pathogenic bacteria.
Dharmsala Teas with Bibhitaki