Medicinal Uses of Bael Tree
Posted by Dr.GBH on April 1st, 2012
‘Bael tree’ is native to India and a sacred plant to Hindus. It has got immense medicinal values. All the parts of the plant are useful and used in Ayurvedic medicines. Hindus use the leaves to worship Lord Shiva (Bilwa patra) and keep them on Shivlinga and they consider it is very auspicious and to get the blessings of Shiva. The Bael leaves are also used on Vinayakachavithi festival to worship Lord Ganesha. The plant is of medium sized hard and the fruits are yellowish or green with soft pulp inside of medicinal value. The Bael fruit is bitter in taste and used in Ayurvedic medicine to cure Vatha and Kaphay disturbances in the body. The fully ripened fruit is not much used in medicines. Half ripe fruits are mostly used in medicine.
Medicinal uses of the Bael:
- Bael is bitter and acrid. It stimulates production of bile
- It is a restorative and increases body’s resistance and immunity.
- Bael improves digestion
- Ripened fruits are used in the preparation of a drink (Sharbhat)
- Bael powder is also used for medicinal purpose
- The leaves of the Bael plant are used in Ayurvedic medicine to cure and control diabetes. The juice is extracted from the leaves and taken every day morning on empty stomach. It is said that it controls the blood sugar levels and bring it to normal levels in about a month.
- The fruits are used to control diarrhea. The unripe fruits are collected and the pulp is dried and powdered. The dry powder if taken with water or fresh curd three times a day will control diarrhea.
- Bael extracts are also used to control cholesterol and blood urea.
- Bael is also useful in relieving constipation. Regular use of Bael extract or powder prevents constipation.
- Fresh Bael leaves extract mixed with honey and taken can cure stomach pais and constipation.
- The paste of the leaves is said to relieve joint pains and swellings if used as a poultice.