Vibhitaki or Bibhitaki is an ayurvedic fruit. It is one of three important healthy fruits or triphala. Other two fruits are Amla (Emblica Officinalis ) and Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula). This fruit has immense medicinal properties and is used in various diseases.
Vibhitaki tree grows to a height of 60 to 80 feet. It grows all over India. The leaves are large and about 15 cm long. The flowers are white in colour or pale yellow.
According to principles of Ayurveda this fruit increases dryness of tissues and is lite to digest. It has Kashaya Rasa or astringent taste. It gets a sweet (Madhura Rasa) taste after digestion. It is hot in potency and boosts metabolism. This fruit normalises all three doshas and specially reduces kapha.
Ayurveda Acharayas (Bhava Prakaasha) eulogise the medicinal properties of Vibhitaki as follows.
Health Benefits of Vibhitaki
For painful Joints and muscles: This fruit has anti-inflammatory properties. The powder of vibhitaki has to be mixed in warm oil. This oil is applied on aching muscle and joints to get a relief.
For Cough, Cold and Bad throat: The small bits of pulp of dry bhibitaki fruit has to be fried in pure ghee. These bits have to be chewed slowly to get relief from cough, cold and sore throat.
Weight Loss: Since this fruit reduces kapha and Medhadhatu (body fat), it is used in weight reducing ayurvedic preparations. The weight reduction Kit contains herbal preparations which have this fruit as main ingredient.
Diabetes: Vibhitaki can be effectively used in diabetes. Since it normalises kapha and medhas (body fat), which are main causes for diabetes, it reduces fluctuating blood sugar level.
Erectile Dysfunction: Seeds of this plant are known to have aphrodisiac properties. Hence this fruit is used as an ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction. Due to its weight loss aiding properties it can be efficiently used in erectile dysfunction due to obesity. Its blood sugar controlling properties help to use this herb in erectile dysfunction related to diabetes.
Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS): The dry fruit powder of this fruit helps to reduce increased motility of intestines in IBS. It also helps to reduce the inflammation of walls of intestines.
Precaution: This herb should not be used in excess and pregnant women have to avoid consuming vibhitaki.
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