Bibhitaki (Terminalia berecilla), is a large deciduous medicinal tree and holds a great value in traditional medicines like Ayurveda and Unani. It is known as baheda in Hindi, tanikaya in Telugu and tanri in Tamil and in Sanskrit it is called as Vibheeta which means one which destroys the fear of disease.
The fruit of bibhitaki contains a host of plant compounds like beta sitosterol, tannins, gaelic, ethyl and elegiac acid. The yellow colour oil extracted from the seed kernel is highly valued for its astringent and laxative properties. Even the leaves and root of bibhitaki have potent medicinal values.
Bibhitaki is one among the three fruits of Triphala which help in balancing Kapha. Bibhitaki fruit is dried, powdered and used as medicine in Ayurveda. It possesses healing properties in combating disease, bestows longevity, stamina and strength.
How To Use
Bibhitaki fruit is dried, powdered and consumed by mixing with water or honey.
Healing Wonders of Bibhitaki
Bibhitaki is an amazing fruit that can be effective in treating stomach ulcers. Evidence proves that the antiulcer properties of Bibhitaki fruit derived from rich plant compounds like gallic acid and ellagic acid, aid in digestion and soothe the tummy.
Depression and anxiety are mood disorders that can hamper your health and Bhibhitaki serves as a wonder fruit in easing stress. Studies have proven that ethanolic extracts present in the fruit have shown significant anti-depressant effect and can lower stress.
Prevents Metabolic Disorder
A metabolic syndrome is a group of a conditions characterized by elevated blood pressure, blood sugar and obesity which can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Research supports that Bibhitaki has amazing medicinal properties and can be beneficial in preventing metabolic syndrome. The powder mixed in hot water helps in losing weight, lowering cholesterol and improves insulin sensitivity.
Promotes Liver Health
Bhibhitaki fruit is hepatoprotective in nature. According to various studies, the extract has shown positive effects in promoting liver health by lowering lipid peroxidation, liver fibrosis and detoxifies the liver.
Bibhitaki is well known for its potent wound healing properties. The goodness of ethanol and tannins extract present in the fruit heal external wounds at a faster rate. The antimicrobial properties of the fruit can significantly hinder the growth of harmful microorganisms. The leaf extract of this plant is also known to exhibit antimicrobial activity against Gram-negative bacteria.