Bilwa is a thorny tree native to India and is found growing wild in Sub-Himalayan tracts. Every part of the bilwa tree is medicinal and useful. The fruit is a very good remedy for the digestive system disorders.
Benfits of Bilwa: Digestive diseases, anemia, diabetes, colitis, dysuria, fever, constipation, gas, colic, sprue, scurvy, hypochondria, typhoid, intestinal disease, jaundice, piles, heart diseases.
Action: Aromatic, alterative, hemostatic, tonic, laxative, nutritive, astringent; digestive stimulant, stomachic, stimulant, antipyretic, aphrodisiac, antibilious, febrifuge, antiparasitical.
Scientific name: Aegle marmelos.
Useful parts: Fruit, leaves, root-bark, rind, flowers.
Dosage: 1–12 g per day or 50-100 ml fresh juice.
Rasa (taste): Astringent, bitter
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
Guna (quality): Dry, light
Dosa effect: VK−, P+ in excess
Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, blood
Srotas (channel): Digestive, eliminatory
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Bilva, Shriphala, Shaandilya, Shailuusha, Shalya, Sadaaphala, Mahaakapitha
English: Bael fruit, wood apple.