8.3 Famous Ayurvedic
8.3.3 BIBHITAKI (Terminalia belerica, Gaertn)
Attribute: Cold and oily
General Action: Digestive stimulant, purgative, promotes eyesight and hair growth, anti-viral
Specific Action: Rejuvenating
Therapeutic Action: Reduce kapha and pitta; increases vata
Bibhitaki is used primarily to lower kapha-releated diseases and respiratory disorders, such as coughs and bronchitis. Diseases are said to fear ir because of its strong purgative action throughout the body. It can expel stones or other kapha-type accumulations in the digestive, urinary, and respiratory tracts. It is also a strong rejuvenator of the body, especially for the voice, vision, and hair.
Recent research shows that bibhitaki reduces levels of lipids (important dietary constituents that are insoluble in water; they contain vitamins and essential fatty-acids; in excess they cause fat buildup in the tissues) throughout the body ad specifically lower the lipid levels in the liver and heart. This shows a strong action in preventing heart and liver fat congestion, which can lower the disease risk associated with those organs. Other studies indicate that bibhitaki has retroviral actions in inhibiting the viral growth in leukemia patients, and yet another study indicates the strong inhibiting effect bibhitaki has on the HIV virus.
As a daily rejuvenating an preventative supplement bibhitaki is superb, especially for kapha body types. Bibhitaki reduces excess body water, fat, and slowly regenerates the body on a tissue level. For people prone to viral infections, or a history of leukemia in the family, bibhitaki is a recommended daily supplement, alone or on the triphala formula.
Dose: 2 to 4 grams per day with meals