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Bibhitaki or Belleric {Terminalia Belerica}

Belleric Myrobalan is called Bibhitaki in Ayurveda and is good for Kapha.  Bibhitaki is also a key ingredient in an Ayurvedic herbal medicine called Triphala.

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balancing for Kapha and also Pitta
  2. Taste – Astringent
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Traditional Action: expectorant, laxative as part of Triphala, antiseptic
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Improves overall bodily tone and is useful in cough, asthma, congestion, and migraine headaches

Modern Research

Bibhitaki was found to have anti-asthmatic, anti-spasmodic, expectorant and anti-tussive activities. It has also been shown to have hepatoprotective activity and in a reduction of lipids in hypercholesterolemic animals. It has been shown in in vitro studies to have antimalarial, antimutagenic, and antifungal activity.

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