T.bellirica A large deciduous tree 10-12 m or more high, with straight & tail trunk. Leaves sub opposite, hairy, 6-18 cm long, ovate or oblong ovate, elliptic, clustered at the end of the branch lets, acuminate, lateral nerves prominent. Petiole 1-2.5cm long, usually with glands on the upper side.
Bibhitaki is a large deciduous tree found throughout India reaches height up to 30 meters. Trunk of the tree is straight with brownish grey color. Leaves are long, alternate, oval and are clustered towards the end of branches. These are 7-14cm in breadth and 10-12cm in length.
Ellagitannins such as corilagin, chebulagic acid, galloylpunicalagin, and digalloyl-hexahydroxydiphenoyl-hexoside were found to be the major components in Terminalia bellirica whereas flavonoid glycosides including quercetin rutinoside and quercetin galloyl-glucoside were highly abundant in Terminalia sericea.
Is Bibhitaki safe:
Bibhitaki is also commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat diabetes and blood sugar dysregulation. This is because Bibhitaki is high in gallic acid and ellagic acid, two phytochemicals that have beneficial effects on blood sugar levels, insulin sensitivity and body weight.
While Bibhitaki has various potential health benefits in Ayurveda,there are certain contradictions and precautions to consider like: Pregnancy and Lactation, Digestive conditions,Dehydration