Friday, September 4, 2009

Terminalia bellirica

Botanical name : Terminalia bellirica (Gaertn.) Roxb.
Family : Combretaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vibhitaki, Vibheetaka, Aksha, Kalidruma, Bhootavasa, Vibheetaki

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Belliric myrobalan
Hindi : Baheda, Bhaira
Malayalam : Tanni, Tannikka

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in deciduous forests

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate to large sized tree grows up to 30 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, long petioled and crowded at the tip of branches, elliptic, entire and acute. Flowers small, pale green, found in axillary spikes. Fruits ovoid drupes contain single stony hard seed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, cough, bronchitis, allergic cough, insomnia, edema, dyspepsia, flatulence, hemorrhage, skin diseases, diarrhea, dysentery, leukoderma, and graying of hair.
Useful part : Bark, Fruits

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