Bibitaka: The Rejuvenator
Bibitaka also known as Beleric myrobalan is one of the most potent herbs used in Ayurveda. It is one among the three ingredients in the formulation Thriphala -known as the most superior Rejuvanative medicine in Ayurveda. The herb have broad spectrum uses in medicinal field owing to it’s properties. Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Bibitaka in conditions like Cough and Asthma, Oedema etc because of the Herb’s tridosha samaka property. The herb alleviates all three doshas and hence used to treat diseases arised by the vitiation of Vata Pitta and Kapha doshas. The plant is also used as an Astringent and Expectorant.
General aspects and Geography
Botanical name : Terminalia belerica
Family : Combretaceae
Habitat: Found through out India
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks
Charaka Samhita – Jwarahara varga (alleviates fever )
Susruta Samhita – Mustadi gana
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
Kasahara (Reduces Cough)
Kesya (Beneficial for hair growth)
Jwaraghna (Reduces fever )
Cough (Kasa)- Decoction prepared from Bibitaka is beneficial in reducing cough.
Oedema (Sotha)- Externall application of paste of Fruit pulp of Bibitaka alleviates Oedema.
Corneal opacity (Sukra)- Collyrium prepared from seed pulp of Bibitaka is used to treat Corneal opacity
Powder (Churna) – 2 g
Decoction (Kashaya )- 60 ml
Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor
Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor.
A large tree deciduous tree with elliptic, rounded leaves. Inflorescence is axillary spike. Flowers are greenish yellow with an offensive odour. Fruits are drupe.
Vernacular names of Bibitaka
English – Beleric myrobalan
Malayalam – Thanni
Rasapanchaka of Bibitaka
Rasa- Kashaya (Astringent )
Guna- Laghu (Light)
Vipaka- Madhura (Sweet )
Virya- Ushna (hot )
विभीतकंस्वादुपाकं कषायं कफतित्तनुत् ।
उष्णवीर्यं हिमस्पर्शभेदनं कासनाशनम् ।
(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Haritakyadi varga-shloka 36)
Bibitaka alleviates all 3 doshas because of it’s properties like Hot potency, Astringent taste, and Madhura vipaka. Hence it is used to prepare medicines to alleviate tridoshaja vyadhis. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, uses the herb to Bibitaka to cure various diseases and also conducts research on the herb to fully exploit its medicinal values. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health.
Researches on Bibitaka
Frequently asked Questions
What are the uses of Bibitaka churna?
According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Bibitaka churna can be used to treat Respiratory difficulties (Swasa).
What is the Dosage of Vibhitaki churna?
Vibhitaki churna can be taken internally at a dose of 2 g for an adult.