Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Terminalia bellerica ROXB.

English Name : Belliric myrobalan

Family : Combretaceae

Origin : India

A tall tree, with characteristic bark. The stems are straight, frequently buttressed when large; the leaves, broadly elliptic, clustered towards the ends of branches; the flowers are solitary, simple, axillary spikes; the fruits, are globular and obscurely 5-angled.

It occurs most frequently in the moist valleys.

Parts Used : Bark, powder, fruit, fruit coat and dry fruit

Herb Effects
Anthelmintic, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, laxative, lithotriptic, rejuvenative, tonic.

Active Ingredients
ß- sitosterol, gallic acid, ellagic acid, ethyl gallate, galloyl glucose, chebulagic acid.

Medicinal Use
In dropsy, piles and diarrhea; in cases of myopia, corneal opacity, pterigium, immature cataract, chronic and acute infective conditions; as a tonic to brain and stomach.

The dose is from 2 to 5 grains, in pill or capsule, every 2 to 4 hours.


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