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Bibhitaki

Bibhitaki primarily supports the healthy formation of three bodily tissues - nutrient plasma (Rasa Dhatu), muscle (Mamsa Dhatu) and bone (Asthi Dhatu).

It is most commonly seen along with Amalaki and Haritaki as an ingredient in the popular Ayurvedic formula known as Triphala, which aids digestion and nourishes all the bodily tissues (the Dhatus). Triphala also helps scrub the colon, and supports the action of other ingredients in any well-balanced formula.

 

 

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Latin Names

English Name

Sanskrit Names

Hindi Name

Terminalia bellirica
Roxb. (Combretaceae)
/
Terminalia belerica

Belliric Myrobalan

Vibhitaki, Karshaphala, Kalidruma

Bahera

 

 

History  |  Habitat  |  Morphology Description (Habit)  |  Principal Constituents  |

Indications  |   Product Range

 

 

History


 

This tree, called Vibhitaki in Sanskrit, meaning fearless, was avoided by the Hindus of Northern India, who would not sit in its shade as it is supposed to be inhabited by demons. As long as the influence of Arabian medicine prevailed, it was used medicinally in Europe, having been introduced by the Arabs from India.

 

Habitat

It is a large deciduous tree. Leaves are alternate, broadly elliptic or elliptic-obovate, puberulous when young but glabrous on maturity and the nerves are prominent on both surfaces. Flowers are in axillary, spender spikes longer than the petioles but shorter than the leaves. 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.

 

Morphology Description (Habit)

A tall tree, with characteristic bark. The stems are straight, frequently buttressed when large; the leaves, broadly elliptic, clustered towards the ends of branches; the flowers are solitary, simple, axillary spikes; the fruits, are globular and obscurely 5-angled.

 

Principal Constituents

ß- sitosterol, gallic acid, ellagic acid, ethyl gallate, galloyl glucose, chebulagic acid.

 

Indications

The fruit possesses antibacterial properties. It is employed in dropsy, piles and diarrhea. While using herbal eye drops containing T.bellirica, encouraging results have been obtained in cases of myopia, corneal opacity, pterigium, immature cataract, chronic and acute infective conditions. The fruit possesses myocardial depressive activity.

 

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Parts Used:

Fruit (contrary to one of its many names name, this is not a nut). Each plant and part has a different therapeutic value and must be prepared in its own way for maximum benefits. This tree is found throughout the Indian forests and plains.

Traditional Ayurvedic Uses:

Bibhitaki primarily supports the healthy formation of three bodily tissues -- nutrient plasma (Rasa Dhatu), muscle (Mamsa Dhatu) and bone (Asthi Dhatu).

It is most commonly seen along with Amalaki and Haritaki as an ingredient in the popular Ayurvedic formula known as Triphala, which aids digestion and nourishes all the bodily tissues (the Dhatus). Triphala also helps scrub the colon, and supports the action of other ingredients in any well-balanced formula.

Combinations are Best

The ayurvedic physicians of Ayurveda do not recommend the use of single herbs for self-care due to several important reasons (see the index page of the ayurvedic herb section for details).

One of the specialties of Ayurveda is the science of herb combining that has been perfected over thousands of years of clinical practice. From this ayurvedic perspective, the study of herbs from scientific research which is based on single ingredient formulas is not very practical. This is because an herb can give a number of different effects depending on the other herbs it is combined with as well as a number of other factors such as dosage, how the herb was processed, etc. If one focuses just on the results of a study based on one ingredient, while it may be interesting, it does not give the full insight into the complete range of effects available from that particular herb.

Medical research:

AIDS: An extract of Terminalia bellerica showed significant inhibitory activity on human immunodeficiency virus-1 reverse transcriptase, with IC50 < or = 50 micrograms/ml (el-Mekkawy et al 1995). Four lignans (termilignan, thannilignan, hydroxy-3',4'-(methylenedioxy) flavan, anolignan B) possessed demonstrable anti-HIV-1 in vitro (Valsaraj et al 1997).

ˇAntimalarial: Four lignans (termilignan, thannilignan, hydroxy-3',4'-[methylenedioxy] flavan, and anolignan B) possessed demonstrable antimalarial activity in vitro (Valsaraj et al 1997).

ˇAntimutagenic: Two polyphenolic fractions isolated from T. bellerica were significantly effective against mutagenic effects in Salmonella typhimurium. Interaction of the polyphenols with S9 proteins may be the probable cause of the inhibitory effect (Padam et al 1996).

ˇAntifungal: Four lignans (termilignan, thannilignan, hydroxy-3',4'-(methylenedioxy) flavan, and
anolignan B) possessed demonstrable antifungal activity in vitro (Valsaraj et al 1997).

Comments: Vibhitaka is a stimulating astringent, and has a wide application in any condition of atony, prolapse, and relaxation of the mucosa. For coughs, sore throats, laryngitis and dyspepsia the churna may be taken with honey. In the treatment of dry, irritative coughs Nadkarni recommends a linctus of equal parts Vibhitaka, Saindhava (rock salt), Pippali (Piper longum), and Maricha (Piper nigrum) (1976, 1204).

Frawley and Lad mention that Vibhitaka is useful in the treatment of cholelithiasis and urinary lithiasis, liquefying and expelling the stones (1986, 164). It is useful in the treatment uterine and colonic prolapse, and hemorrhage (Varier 1996, 258). The mature, dried fruit of Vibhitaka is effective in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery and parasites, but in the latter case should be taken along with purgatives such as Senna (Cassia angustifolia) as Vibhitaka can be constipate (Varier 1996, 258). A decoction of the fruit may be taken internally and can be used externally as an eyewash in the treatment of ophthalmological disorders (Nadkarni 1976, 1204). Vaidya Mana Bhajracharya indicates that the fresh fruit pulp is used as a collyrium in the treatment of nontraumatic corneal ulcer (avranashukla) (1997, 85). Varier mentions that the oil from the seeds is trichogenous, and can be used topically for leucoderma and skin diseases (1996, 258). Vibhitaka is most commonly found as an ingredient in Triphala, usuallu mixed in equal parts with Haritaki and Amalaki.

References:
Bhattacharya, Mana, Alan Tillotson and Robert Abel. 1997. Ayurvedic Ophthalmology: A Recension of the Shalakya Tantra of Videhadhipati Janaka. Unpublished manuscript.
Dash, Bhagwan. 1991. Materia Medica of Ayurveda. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers.
Frawley, David and Vasant Lad. 1986. The Yoga Of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine. Santa Fe: Lotus Press.Kirtikar KR and BD Basu. 1993. Indian Medicinal Plants. 2nd ed. Vol. 1-4. 1935. Reprint. Delhi: Periodical Experts.
Nadkarni, Dr. K.M. 1976. The Indian Materia Medica, with Ayurvedic, Unani and Home Remedies. Revised and enlarged by A.K. Nadkarni. 1954. Reprint. Bombay: Bombay Popular Prakashan PVP.
Padam, S.K. et al. 1996. Antimutagenic effects of polyphenols isolated from Terminalia bellerica myroblan in Salmonella typhimurium Indian J Exp Biol. Feb;34(2):98-102.
Valsaraj, R. et al. 1997. New anti-
HIV-1, antimalarial, and antifungal compounds from Terminalia bellerica. J Nat Prod. Jul;60(7):739-42
Varrier, P.S. 1996. Indian Medicinal Plants: A Compendium of 500 species. Edited by PK Warrier, Vata / Pitta / Kapha Nambiar and C Ramankutty. vol 5. Hyderabad: Orient Longman.

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