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The laxative benefits of Bahera | Anzen Exports

June 21, 2021by Anzen_Exports0

Terminalia bellirica, commonly referred to as Bahera or Baheda, is a large deciduous tree commonly grown on plains and lower hills in Southeast Asia. It is also known as ‘Bibhitaki’ in Sanskrit, which means “the one that keeps away from diseases”. It is one of the main constituents of ‘Triphala’ and is used as a laxative for constipation, indigestion, dyspepsia, flatulence, as well as other common ailments of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. It is also used in treating common cold and cough, pharyngitis and skin ailments like acne. Believed to help reduce weight by enhancing the body’s metabolism, Bahera is beneficial in increasing immunity and promoting longevity due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property. (1)

It is interesting to note that all the parts of this tree are used for medicinal purposes, especially the dried fruit. The fruits of this tree are astringent (bitter) and acrid (sour) in taste. (1)

The laxative benefits of Bahera

Highly beneficial for the gastrointestinal tract 

  • Enhances digestion

It actively facilitates the breaking down of food particles in the stomach and triggers digestive juices’ secretion. Not only does it help to eliminate abdominal gas while reducing abdominal distension, bloating and gaseous cramps, it also plays a pivotal role in treating a host of other gastrointestinal anomalies. (2)

  • Relieves constipation

Bahera bolsters the secretion of bile by the liver, which, in turn, acts on the peristalsis movement of the intestines and liver, thereby allowing smooth passage of faecal matter from the large intestine. The laxative property of this Ayurvedic herb is crucial in minimalizing mucous as well as excess fat content in the stools, thereby preventing them from sticking to the intestinal walls. (2)

The laxative benefits of Bahera


The efficacy of Bahera may vary from individual to individual depending on the age, strength, appetite and overall condition of the patient. It is strictly recommended to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner to prescribe the optimum dosage for a specific period. For adults, the usual prescribed dose is 3-6 grams of the herb along with water or honey, twice a day after meals. (2)

The laxative benefits of Bahera


When using Bahera, it is essential to bear in mind the following precautions. (3)

  • Inform your doctor if you suffer from diarrhoea or loose motion.
  • Due to its strong potency, it can lead to hyperacidity or even gastritis.
  • Women who are breastfeeding should only consume this drug after consulting with their doctor.
  • Pregnant women should consume this drug after informing their medical practitioner.
  • For people with diabetes – Bahera may lower blood sugar level, so it is generally advised to monitor your blood sugar level when using this drug in conjunction with anti-diabetic medicines.
  • The powder or churna of Bahera, if consumed in excess, can lead to dry skin and constipation.

We encourage you to lead a healthy life

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