Bibhitaki:Health Benefits,Uses,Side Effects

Bibhitaki Health Benefits,Uses,Side Effects
Bibhitaki Health Benefits,Uses,Side Effects

Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) is one of the ingredients of ‘Triphala Powder’.Bibhitaki is very useful for hair, throat, and eyes related problems.It is known to boost the immune system of the body.That’s why it is known as ‘One who keeps you away from disease.’

What is Bibhitaki?

Bibhitaki is a large deciduous tree found across India especially in lower hilly areas. It is also known by the botanical name “Terminalia Bellirica” in the world. In Sanskrit, Bibhitaki is known as “Vibheetaki” in which ‘bheeta’ means fear and ‘Vibheeta’ means lack of fear.

The whole word “Vibheetaki” means the fruit that takes away the fear of disease. In different languages of India, it is known by different names like “Tanikaya, Taadi” in Telugu, “Todikai” in Tamil, “Baida” in Bengali, “Baheda” in Guajarati and Malayalam, “Bahera” in hindi and “Tare Kayi” in Kannada.

It’s the fruit known as Bibhitaki Fruit, Leaves and root are of important value in Indian Ayurveda and are very useful for healing many diseases like asthma, diabetes, constipation, headache, etc.

Bibhitaki Fruit looks like Haritaki Fruit and is one among the three fruits of “Triphala” and it also helps in maintaining the balance of “Tridosha(humor)” especially Kapha(Water).

Nutritional Value of Bibhitaki:

Bibhitaki Fruit is very nutritious for a human being as it contains essential vitamins, minerals, and protein. It is a rich source of Vitamin C and minerals like selenium, manganese, potassium, iron and copper.

Bibhitaki also has plants chemical like tannic acid, gallic acid, ellagic acid, cardiac glycosides-Billerica in 1. Let’s take a look at Ayurvedic properties of Bibhitaki:-

Ayurvedic Properties of Bibhitaki:

According to Charaka(Ancient Indian Scripture), Bibhitaki is the one who keeps you away from disease, and it is very useful remedy in Indian Ayurveda because of these ayurvedic properties:

Rasa (Taste): Astringent

Virya (Potency): Warm

Vipaka (Post Digestive Effect): Sweet

Property: Light, Dry

Unique Property: Balance Tridosha(Humors) especially Kapha(Water).It also helps in the healthy formation of three bodily tissues known as nutrient plasma(Rasa Dhatu), Muscle(Mamsa Dhatu) and Bone(Asthi Dhatu).

According to Ayurveda, Bibhitaki when combined with other herbal ingredients provide more health benefits, given below are some possible combinations:-

  • A mixture of Bibhitaki with Haritaki and Amla is known as “Triphala” which is rejuvenating in nature.
  • A mixture of Bibhitaki with Pippali and Black Pepper is good for lungs and high Kapha (water vitiation).
  • A mixture of Bibhitaki with Haritaki and Ginger is useful to extract extra mucous from lungs.
  • A mixture of  Gokshura, Coriander, and Manjistha with Bibhitaki is very useful in case of problems related to urine discharge like burning sensation during urine pass out.
  • A mixture of Bibhitaki with Brahmi is useful to provide comfortable sleep.

As you came know, Bibhitaki is quite nutritious, from the above section!

Health Benefits of Haritaki:

Bibhitaki, the wonder medicine has several health benefits, some of them are mentioned below:

1.Prevents Hair Loss and Removes Dandruff:

Bibhitaki is a very useful remedy for hair fall in the form of Bibhitaki herbal oil. It also prevents Dandruff and Lice infection. Regular use of Bibhitaki oil is good for your Hair.

You can buy it online or make at your home. To make Bibhitaki oil, heat a cup of coconut oil in a pan and add three bibhitaki pods(fruit).Once it has turned brown and the outer shell cracks, take it out of flame and let it cool.

When it cools down, store it in a bottle and use according to your need.

2.Helpful in  Constipation:

Bibhitaki is a natural laxative and contains dietary fibers which are digestive agents fights with constipation. Bibhitaki is a natural remedy for Constipation Patients. Constipation Patients take it in the form of Bibhitaki Powder with water as a drug dosage to fight with constipation.

You can buy it online or make it at home. To make Bibhitaki Powder at home, take it’s fruit, remove the seed from it and sundry the peel of the fruit. Take the peel and churn it in the grinder to make a powder.

Store the powder in the bottle and use it with water whenever needed.

3.Removes Acne and Ulcers:

Bibhitaki has antibacterial properties making it very effective for treating acne and ulcers. Take bibhitaki powder and boiled water, make a paste and apply it on acne and ulcer spotted skin.

It heals acne very quickly and prevents scars from forming.

4.Fights with Skin Allergies:

Bibhitaki is very useful in fighting with skin allergies. It treats skin allergies in the ears and nose caused by earrings and nose ring. Ornaments made of Gold and Silver don’t cause any skin allergy but artificial jewelry made of metal cause allergies and skin rashes.

Bibhitaki Paste is the best remedy for this problem. To make a  paste, take bibhitaki fruit and rub it on sandalwood stone with little-boiled water. After rubbing it against sandalwood, you found light green color paste, take this paste and apply on the infected skin.

5.Prevents Cough and Cold:

It is a very useful remedy for preventing cough and cold naturally. The dosage of Bibhitaki powder mixed with honey will treat a cough and cold effectively. It also cures gingivitis and sore throat.

6.Boosts Immunity:

Bibhitaki acts as an immunity booster and increases longevity if it’s powder is taken regularly fried in ghee.

7.Prevents Diabetes:

Bibhitaki helps in regulating blood sugar levels and decreases insulin sensitivity in the body, so it is a very useful remedy Diabetes patients.

One more thing as many diabetic medicines has side effects along with regulating blood sugar levels, but bibhitaki do not have any side effects at all.

8.Help in Weight Loss:

Bibhitaki is a natural blood purifier. It helps in remove toxins from the body and keeps digestive system on track as it contains dietary fibers which help in digestion of food.

Taking bibhitaki in the form of powder daily regulate hunger and combined with balanced diet and regular exercise will aid in weight loss naturally.

As you came to know about different health benefits of Bibhitaki, I’m sure you want to buy this wonder fruit, let’s know from where to get it?

Where To Get Bibhitaki From?

Bibhitaki is available in Indian Ayurvedic Shops in the form of Bibhitaki Tablets, Bibhitaki Capsules, Bibhitaki Oil; Bibhitaki Powder also called Bibhitaki Churna and Bibhitaki Fruit.

You can buy it from there, or you can buy it online. One Pound of Bibhitaki Fruit costs you around $10 to $15, and its powder costs you between $10 and $15 or more.

Hope you got your Bibhitaki fruit, powder, tablet/Capsule, and you want to know about its dosage?

How To Take Bibhitaki?(Bibhitaki Dosage)

If you have bibhitaki powder, you can take 250mg-3grams of powder along with co-drink or ingredient based on disease once or twice a day, and if you have bibhitaki tablets or capsules.

You can have one tablet/capsule twice a day. Consult your Ayurvedic Doctor before taking this Dosage.

Bibhitaki Side Effects:

Being Wonder Medicine, bibhitaki also has some following side effects and should be avoided in these cases

  • Bibhitaki is not recommended during pregnancy as its use may reduce production of Breast Milk.
  • People with a lean body, weak immunity, low strength, excessive sensual activity, fasted for a long time avoid taking it.

Dr.M.Gopi Krishna is a renowned professor in the dept. of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishajya kalpana at Sri Jagadguru Gavisiddheshwara Ayurvedic Medical College & Post Graduate Research Center.He has personally made around 250 Ayurvedic preparations and self dispense in his own clinic for his patients.

  • Ligia de Medeiros

    Dr Krishna, I am calling you from Brazil. I bougth in a health store a medicine called Triphala, (tablets). Well, I suffer from attrial fibrillation, and my problems start when I consume alcohol, choccolat, sugar, or any other stimulating substance. I wonder if I intake this tablet, I will have any heart problem. I am sorry about my poor english…