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Bahara, Beleric

(Terminalia Bellirica / Terminalia Bellerica)

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    Bibhitaki is also known as Terminalia bellirica, Bahera, Beleric, or Bastard Myrobalan. William Roxburgn transferred the original published scientific base name of Myrobalanus bellirica to Terminalia as "T. bellerica". This spelling error is now widely used, causing confusion. The correct name is Terminalia bellirica.

    Bibhitaki is a large deciduous tree common on plains and lower hills in Southeast Asia, where it is also grown as an avenue tree. The leaves are about 15 cm long and crowded toward the ends of the branches. It is considered a good fodder for cattle. The seeds have an oil content of 40-percent, whose fatty acid methyl ester meets all of the major biodiesel requirements inn the USA. The seeds are called bedda nuts.

    In traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Beleric is known as Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica). In its fruit form, it is used in the popular Indian herbal rasayana treatment triphala. This tree, in Sanskrit Vibhita and Vibhitaka (fearless), is avoided by the Hindus of Northern India, who will not sit in its shade, as it is supposed to be inhabited by demons. Two varieties of T. belerica are found in India, one with nearly globular fruit, 1/2 to 3/4-inch in diameter, the other with ovate and much larger fruit. The pulp of the fruit (Beleric myrobalan) is considered by Hindu physicians to be astringent and laxative, and is prescribed with salt and long pepper in affections of the throat and chest. As a constituent of the triphala (three fruits), i.e., emblic, beleric and chebulic myrobalans, it is employed in a great number of diseases, and the kernel is sometimes used as an external application to inflamed parts. On account of its medicinal properties the tree bears the Sanskrit synonym of Anila-ghnaka, or "wind-killing." According to the Nighantus the kernels are narcotic. These kernels are eaten by the Lodha people of the Indian subcontinent for their mind-altering qualities.

    The nuts of the tree are rounded but with five flatter sides. It seems to be these nuts that are used as dice inn the epic poem Mahabharata. A handful of nuts would be cast on a gaming board and the players would have to call whether an odd or an even number of nuts had been thrown. In the Nala, King Rituparna demonstrates his ability to count large numbers instantaneously by counting the number of nuts on an entire bough of a tree.

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    Terminalia Bellerica is used for high cholesterol and digestive disorders, including both diarrhea and constipation, and indigestion. It has also been used for HIV infection. T. bellerica is used to protect the liver and to treat respiratory conditions,, including respiratory tract infections, cough, and sore throat. It is used as a lotion for sore eyes. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, T. Bellerica has been used as a health harmonizer.

    Bibhitaki helps to maintain the body temperature, helpful in premature graying of hair, helpful in loss of appetite, flatulence, piles, worms. It is useful in excessive thirst and vomiting. It acts as a support for the eyes. it is used to control bleeding in the sputum and ease bronchospasm, improve immunity enhancing the body resistance. It helps in balancing cholesterol and blood pressure. Bibhitaki contains several triterpeoids, including belleric acid, britosterol and the saponin glycosides, bellericoside and bellericanin.

    Bibhitaki is known as a Digestive, Rejuvenator and Laxative herb.
    • Calms the feeling to vomiting.
    • Helps to loosen the bowel movement.
    • Acts as a destroyer of parasitic worms in the stomach.
    • Helps to discharge waste matter (such as urine, sweat, carbon dioxide, or faeces) from the body through the kidneys, skin, lungs, bowels etc.
    • Supports when there is unnatural or acute uneasiness.
    • Supports the system pertaining to intake of oxygen and expulsion of carbon dioxide from the body.
    • Supports when there is irritation and swelling in the respiratory passage.
    • Acts as an agent in checking blood flow or restricting secretions of fluids.
    • Promotes the secretion, liquefaction, or expulsion of sputum from the respiratory passages.
    • Helps to maintain the body temperature.
    • Helpful in premature graying of hair.
    • Helpful in loss of appetite, flatulence, piles, worms.
    • Useful in excessive thirst and vomiting.
    • Act as a support for the eyes.
    • Control bleeding in the sputum and ease bronchospasm.
    • Improve immunity.
    • Enhances the body resistance.
    • Helps in balancing cholesterol and blood pressure.

    External Uses of Bibhitaki Powder
    • Externally its paste is applied on eyelids in conjunctivitis.
    • Paste of "Bibhitaki Powder" is also useful when applied on swollen and painful parts.
    • It is also useful in wound dressing to arrest bleeding.

    Bibhitaki Herbal Combinations
    Bibhitaki Fruit Powder is used for detoxification and rejuvenation for kapha.
    • Supports proper function of the lungs and healthy comfortable breathing.
    • Promotes healthy elimination.
    • Promotes healthy vision, voice and hair.
    • Maintains proper function of heart, liver and kidneys.

    Ayurvedic Energies
    • Rasa (taste): Astringent, sweet.
    • Virya (action): Heating.
    • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet.
    • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for all doshas, may aggravate vata in excess.

    One of the three ingredients in the most widely used Ayurvedic health promoting formula Triphala. Bibhitaki is one of the best herbs for detoxifying and rejuvenating kapha. As such, it is used in all types of kapha imbalances and is especially helpful in supporting the organs and tissues where kapha tends to accumulate. These include the lungs, liver and urinary tract as well as the sinuses, ears, eyes and throat. It is extremely astringent in taste and has the qualities of being dry and light, all of which help to balance the inherent damp and heavy qualities of kapha. Bibhitaki also helps maintain balanced body fluid levels while toning and cleansing the colon.

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    The following doses have been recommended:

  • 250 mg to 3 grams daily or 5 to 15 ml of a 1:5 tincture (25%).

  • Powder: 2 to 5 grams, twice to three times daily.
  • Extract: 30 to 60 ml, twice to three times daily.
  • Tincture, Crushe Dried Fruit, 1:4, 50%: 1 to 3 ml, twice to three times daily.

  • 2 to 4 grams per day with meals.
  • 3 to 6 grams powder per day.

    The above doses are only examples. To find the correct dosage for your particular health concern, contact your Ayurvedic practitioner. Dosage depends on many factors and will vary from individual to individual as well as the problem being treated.



    Not enough is known about the safety of T. bellerica. The safety during pregnancy is unknown. It is best to avoid unless prescribed by your health care provider. No drug-herb interactions information is known and available.

    Contraindication: High vata, dry cough and dry skin. Dry symptoms in the lungs, skin, bowels.


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    Bibhitaki Fruit Powder (Terminalia Bellerica / T. Bellirica) is a traditional rejuvenative used to cleanse and nourish the bodily tissues. Useful for all doshas, especially kapha.


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    Triphala is recommended and used more than any other Ayurvedic herbal formulation. Popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it, this traditional formula supports the proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and genitourinary systems. Triphala Guggulu effectively decongests the channels of the body and scrapes away toxins held within the tissues. It is particularly useful for weight management as it enkindles the digestive fire, promotes healthy metabolism and releases excess kapha from the system. Used preventatively, Triphala Guggulu minimizes the accumulation of toxins in the GI tract, blood and joints by supporting proper digestion and elimination. Triphala Guggulu contains triphala, pippali and guggulu. Used by Ayurvedic practitioners to support weight management and to remove toxins from the GI tract and tissues. Triphala contains certified organically grown amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki, this formula cleanses the entire GI tract, supporting digestion and gently maintaining regularity. Considered in Ayurveda to be a general panacea for all doshas, it is also used to support weight management, improve the complexion and strengthen the urinary tract.


    Mountain Rose Herbs: Triphala Powder Blend, Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Contains: Amlaki (Emblica officinalis) Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica).
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Triphala Blend Capsules, Certified Organic, 565 mg, 100 Caps, Herbal Organic Capsules
    A blend of Amlaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki Ayurvedic herbs.


    Ayurvedic Herbs Direct: Triphala Powder, Traditional Ayurvedic Formula, Planetary Herbals, 16 oz.
    Used as a household staple throughout India, Triphala is a balanced blend of three Indian herbal fruits: harada, amla, and behada. This formula is unique in that the astringent qualities of the fruits serve to tonify the colon, thereby promoting internal cleansing naturally. Stir 1 level teaspoon of powdered Triphala into a cup (8 ounce) of hot water. Wait until powder settles and then drink the liquid. The same powder can be used a second time. Drink two times daily, and then discard the sediment. For best results, use between meals.
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    Traditional Indian blend of commiphora mukul, terminalia belerica, terminalia chebula, emblica officinalis.
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    Triphala, as it is called, is the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formula of India, since it is an effective laxative which also supports the body's strength. Triphala uniquely cleanses and detoxifies at the deepest organic levels without depleting the body's reserves. Triphala is also useful for vision support. It is taken daily both internally as well as externally as an eye wash. Taken in this way for at least three months, Triphala becomes an herbal eye tonic.
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    Triphala Laxative is a unique combination of the legendary Ayurvedic blend Triphala combined with key intestinal cleansers of Western herbalism for relief from occasional constipation. Unlike many laxatives, Triphala has been used traditionally to strengthen and tone as it cleanses, which helps to restore normalcy, health and efficiency to bowel function.
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    Ayurvedic Herbs Direct: Triphala Gold, Sustainably Wildcrafted, Planetary Formulas, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
    Triphala is the legendary intestinal cleanser and tonifier of India. Planetary Herbals Triphala Gold is made with premier, high quality fruits. Grown without chemicals and pesticides in the pristine forests of Madhya Pradesh, each fruit is sustainably wildcrafted and processed to maintain its freshness, purity, and quality. Deeply cleansing and tonifying, Triphala Gold is a potent, yet gentle formula designed to support the body's natural detoxification and antioxidant processes.
    Ayurvedic Herbs Direct: Triphala Gold, Planetary Ayurvedics, PlanetaryFormulas, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
    Triphala is the legendary intestinal cleanser and tonifier of India. Planetary Ayurvedics Triphala Gold is made with premier, high quality fruits. Grown without chemicals and pesticides in the pristine forests of Madhya Pradesh, each fruit is sustainably wildcrafted and processed to maintain its freshness, purity, and quality. Deeply cleansing and tonifying, Triphala Gold is a potent, yet gentle formula designed to support the body's natural detoxification and antioxidant processes.


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    TakeHerb: Triphala Powder, Certified Organic Amalaki, Bibitaki, Haritaki, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Triphala Guggulu, Banyan Botanicals, 1 lb.
    Contains triphala, pippali and guggulu. Used by Ayurvedic practitioners to support weight management and to remove toxins from the GI tract and tissues.


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    Kalyx: Trifala (Triphala) Compound Powder, Vadik Herbs, 1 lb: B
    Kalyx: Guggulu Trifala (Triphala) Blend Powder, Vadik Herbs, 1 lb: B
    Kalyx: Triphala, Savesta, 60 Caps: HF
    Kalyx: Triphala Compound (Amalaki, Babitaki, Haritaki), Vadik Herbs, 100 VCaps: B
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