Baheda (Teminalia belerica)
Botanical name: (Terminalia Belerica)
Also Known As: Bibitaki
Shamans used Baheda regularly for guidance to finding cures, and it has been used extensively in Asian medicine, appearing in the Chinese, Indian and Arabic tradition for their unusual qualities.
The fruit of this bellarica variety and the bark of myrobolan (people on heart medication should NOT use these herbs) has a pronounced sedative and depressant effect on the sympathetic nervous system. By reducing the system's activity, the herb brings about the lowering of blood pressure. As a result, it may also be helpful when used to relieve anxiety and insomnia, as well as more serious mental health problems such as psychosis.
The various sub species of Termenlia have been used over 2000 years in the East, and continue to be used an ingredient in many pharmaceutical products to treat nervous disorders such as anxiety.
1/2 oz per 4 cups of water was traditionally used to make a tea with 1/2 cup equaling a single serving. The best way is to make a strong decoction (using a coffee filter press if possible) with boiling water. Another way to use it is to add the powdered fruit to alcohol and steep to make a tincture. Place 2 oz of herb into 100 ml of alcohol, and steep for 1 week. Then, squeeze out the herb as best you can, filter the liquid through a coffee filter, and place into a tincture bottle. Use just a dropper of the filtered liquid Baheda extract one or twice per day.
The extract is derived from the fruits which are well–known as commercial myrobalan, called Belliric Myrobalan. It is unique in being both laxative and astringent, so it purges the bowels, while simultaneously toning the tissues of the digestive tract.
It is one of the constituents of the famous preparation "Triphala" which finds use in a wide array of areas ranging from rejuvenating and astringent to cardio protective, antacid and antibacterial properties. The overall tonic effect of this fruit has been known for thousands of years in India and other Asian countries. Scientific studies have shown that Terminalia belerica reduced the levels of lipids in hyper–cholesterolemic cases. Experiments have shown a significant decrease in liver lipids and heart lipids in the drug studies.
Recent research has proven this herb to be a potent adaptogenic agent. The standardized extracts of Terminalia belerica were administered orally. Observations greatly supported the fact that Terminalia belerica significantly offers protection against these stressors. Experimental studies have also proven this herb as anti–diabetic, antioxidant, and antimicrobial.
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