Bibhitaki (Beleric Myrobalan) is an Ayurvedic herb found commonly in Indian forests. The herb has tremendous antiseptic, anthelmintic, astringent, laxative, expectorant, lithotriptive and rejuvenative properties.
It is widely used in treating kapha dosha thereby removing mucous from the digestive tract helping in better absorption of nutrients by the body. Bibhitaki is considered to be good for vision and hair. When taken internally it helps in de-worming. When applied externally on wounds it is a good antiseptic and also treats diseases pertaining to eyes.
It is a good tonic to stomach and brain and is an effective medication for headache, chronic diarrhea and piles. The fruit of the herb is used in ayurvedic medication called Triphala and is useful in treating bronchitis, sore throat, diseases of heart, eyes, nose and bladder.
The herb should be used only under the guidance of an ayurvedic practitioner as excess dosage could result in gastric problems.