Latin name: Terminalia bellirica Roxb. (Combretaceae), Terminalia belerica
Sanskrit/Indian name: Vibhitaki, Karshaphala, Kalidruma, Bahera
Belliric Myrobalan is known as Vibhitaki in Sanskrit, which means ‘fearless’. In Indian folklore, it is said that demons inhabited the Belliric Myrobalan tree and those who sat under its shade were vulnerable to an attack.
Belliric Myrobalan is one of the three key ingredients of Triphala, a natural compound that provides overall support for digestive function and helps ensure that the digestive tract works at an optimal level. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India has documented that the powdered herb is used for treating nausea and worm infestation.
The herb contains ß-sitosterol, gallic acid, ellagic acid, ethyl gallate, galloyl glucose and chebulagic acid, which render the herb its therapeutic properties (Indian Medicinal Plants—An Illustrated Dictionary, C.P.Khare. 652. 2007).
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The herb is an excellent remedy for stomach disorders like diarrhea, indigestion, constipation and stomach worms.
- Belliric Myrobalan is helpful in alleviating cough.
- It is an important herbal ingredient in Ayurvedic medication for treating eye disorders.