Baheda, known as Vibhitaki in Sanskrit, is a very popular herb. It is one of the ingredients of famous classical combination Triphala.
Classically, this herb has been described in Ayurveda as:
विभीतकं स्वादुपाकं कषायं कफपित्तनुत्। उष्णवीर्यं हिमस्पर्शं भेदनं कासनाशनम्।।
रुक्षं नेत्रहितं केश्यं कृमिवैस्वर्यनाशनम्। (भा.प्र.)
Baheda is bitter to taste and pacifies pitta and kapha dosha
It is dry and ushna (warm in potency)
Helps in clearing bowel
Triphala which has Baheda as an ingredient is an effective purgative. Apart from Triphala, many effective purgation-inducing combinations contain Baheda along with other herbs like isabgol, sanay, harad, amvala etc.
Effective in cough and hoarseness of voice
It can be administered in small repetitive doses with plain or lukewarm water. In case of congestion, baheda along with saindha namak can be given. Baheda decoction can be prepared and can be used for gargling.
Benefits to Eyes and Hair
- For eyes: Externally as an eye wash, decoction of Triphala is used. An application of baheda paste can be applied around the eyes to draw the benefits.
- For hair: Externally, it can be used as a hair pack or hairwash along with ritha, amvala, shikakai, nagarmotha, jatamansi It imparts color and conditions the hair.
A regular intake of triphala churna along with unequal quantity of ghee and honey is beneficial both to the eyes and hair.
It is advisable in intestinal worms and can be locally applied to an infective wound.
So make this wonderful herb a part of your simple home remedies and avail the benefits naturally.
Triphala is a wonderful combination which has been used from ages and is easily available in the market. Owing to its properties, triphala is available in different proportions and form due to its extensive utility in various conditions.
It is a classical, authentic and time-tested combination of three fruits viz. Haritaki (Harad), Vibhitaki (Baheda) and Amalaki (Amvala). These three herbs are mixed either in an equal or in a 1:2:4 ratio or in a ratio of 1:2:3. The benefits of these are nearly same. The coarse powder of Triphala is also in use which is for external purpose and is available in the markets with name “Triphala Jawkutt”.
Health Benefits and Uses of Triphala
- Constipation: Some people have it religiously to treat constipation. If you are suffering from constipation, you can also have it at bedtime.
- Strengthens the gut: Triphala strengthens the intestines. Therefore, it can be used on a regular basis.
- For weight management: This Ayurvedic combination can also be taken with honey for weight management as it is a healthy cleanser.
- For an improved eyesight: It can be taken to benefit the eyes. Three-forth teaspoon of Triphala can be mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey and ¼ teaspoon of ghee (i.e.in an unequal quantity). This combination can be taken regularly provided there are no other ailments.
- As an eye wash: Triphala jawkutt is prepared into a liquid by adding it to the warm water and later on sieving it. This finely sieved medicated water then can be used for eye wash in a very lukewarm state.
- Rejuvenation: This is a tonic to the body. Therefore, it is ideal for consumption for all.
Apart from these general uses, triphala covers a broad spectrum of diseases. It can also be used in skin and hair problems, fever, diabetes and many such health conditions.
This widely used combination is available in all the three forms viz. Triphala, Triphala 1:2:4 and Triphala Jawkutt at Gyan Herbal Home in high quality.