Terminalia bellirica
Terminalia bellirica


Terminalia bellirica is a tree. Its fruit is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine in combination with Terminalia chebula and Indian gooseberry.

The fruit of the Terminalia bellirica tree contains chemicals that might affect digestion and protect the liver. It might also affect the heart, but less than other Terminalia species.

People use Terminalia bellirica for constipation, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, high cholesterol, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse Terminalia bellirica with other Terminalia species, including Terminalia chebula and Terminalia arjuna. These are not the same.
When taken by mouth: Terminalia bellirica is possibly safe when used for up to 24 weeks. It seems to be well-tolerated.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy: Terminalia bellirica is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth during pregnancy. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Terminalia bellirica is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Surgery: Terminalia bellirica might interfere with blood sugar control during surgery. Stop taking Terminalia bellirica at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


There is interest in using Terminalia bellirica for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of Terminalia bellirica might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

Terminalia bellirica might lower blood sugar levels. Taking Terminalia bellirica along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

Herbs and supplements that might lower blood sugar: Terminalia bellirica might lower blood sugar. Taking it with other supplements with similar effects might lower blood sugar too much. Examples of supplements with this effect include aloe, bitter melon, cassia cinnamon, chromium, and prickly pear cactus.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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