Baheda is also known as “Bibhitaki” in Sanskrit which means “The one that keeps away from diseases”. It is also one of the main constituents of “Triphala”. Baheda is beneficial in relieving cough and cold symptoms due to its antimicrobial and anti-allergic properties. It also prevents constipation by loosening stool and promoting bowel movements due to its laxative property.
Cough and cold: Baheda is an effective herb in managing cough and cold. A study conducted in 2016 among adults found that this herb affirmed the same. The study also found that baheda releases mucus, clears air passages, thus allowing breathing freely.
Reference: Deb A, Barua S, Das B.Pharmacological activities of Baheda (Terminalia bellerica): A review.Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2016
Treats constipation: Baheda is effective in relieving constipation as a result of its laxative property. It provides a soothing and lubricating effect on the gastroenteric tract, further helping in easy expulsion of stool. A study done in 2014 confirms the laxative property of baheda. It also gets rid of certain parasitic worms from the body, owing to its antiparasitic property. Being antimicrobial in nature, the Dry Baheda fruit prevents microbial infections.
Reference: Manohar VR, Rai MS, Kateel R, et al. Attenuation of depression on sub acute administration of Terminalia bellerica fruit in tail suspension test. The journal of phytopharmacology. 2014 and Elizabeth KM. Antimicrobial activity of Terminalia Bellerica. Indian journal of clinical biochemistry. 2005
Solves hair problems: Possessing anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, Baheda treats various scalp and hair infections like folliculitis, itching and dandruff. It also nourishes the hair follicles with essential nutrients, and fortifies the hair strands from the roots to the tips. According to a study done in 2014, it was found that those who supplemented with baheda had significantly greater reductions in dryness on the scalp as well as strong roots, compared to the control group. The study also found a lesser number of hair problems among those who used herb continuously.
Reference: Kadian R, Parle M, Yadav M. Therapeutic potential and phytopharmacology of Terminalia belerica.World J Pharm Pharm Sci.2014
How baheda is used in Traya: In Traya behada is used as one of the main ingredients in Gutt shuddhi.
Gutt shuddhi (Digestion herbs): Gutt shuddhi is an ayurvedic formulation which enhances hair health by relieving the body of constipation and improving digestion.
Gutt shuddhi benefits:
- Relieves constipation and gas
- Increases good bacteria in the gut
- Helps regulate bowel movements
- Rejuvenates hair and skin health
Recommended for: Unisex, anyone with gut (digestion and constipation) problems, stress problems.