An Overview, Benefits, Side Effects and Interactions
Family Name: Leguminosae
Subfamily Name: Caesalpinidae
Botanical Name: Caesalpinia digyna Rottler, Caesalpinia oleosperma Roxb
English Name: Teri pod
Hindi/Sanskrit Name: Bakeri/Vakeri
Taste: Astringent, Bitter
Parts Used: Roots and Teri pods
Dosage: Powder 3-6 gm
C.digyna is an evergreen, large, struggling, prickly shrub or small tree. It grows to 10 m (32ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a fast rate. It can fix Nitrogen. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained and moist soil. It cannot grow in the shade. Distribution: E. Asia – China, Indian subcontinent, Malaysia to Indonesia. 
The roots and the seedpods are a source of tannins. The glycoside bergenin gives the plant its therapeutic properties. 
Mode of Action
- Ayurvedic Doshas: The plant balances all the three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
- The roots exhibit the properties – anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, anti-asthma and anti-tubercular . The roots are astringent and antipyretic. The roots and pods exhibit antioxidant properties .
- The root is said to be an effective treatment for Bronchitis, Asthma and Tuberculosis. 
- The root is given internally in the treatment of Phthisis, Scrofula and Diabetes. 
- As an antioxidant, Teri Pods are revered as a Tonic and Physical Rejuvenative. 
- In some part of Myanmar, the pounded root is mixed with water to make a drink which is used as febrifuge (Caius 1989).
- As an astringent on topical application will heal wounds more quickly. 
- Other uses: local tanning industries. 
Side Effects and Risk Factors
There is insufficient evidence regarding the safety of C.digyna in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, hence should be AVOIDED in Pregnancy, BreastFeeding and Children under 2 years of age.
- DRAVYAGUNA-VIJNANA Vol.2 (vegetable Drugs) by Prof. P.V.Sharma, Chaukhambha Bharati Academy, Varanasi, Sixteenth Edition:1995. 9th Chapter, Jwaraghnadi varga: Shoshhar drugs: Bakeri (page no.-830)
- Caesalpinia digyna Teri pods, Udakiryaka PFAF Plant Database
- Caius, J.F. 1989. The Medicinal and Poisonous Legumes of India. Scientific Publisher, Jodhpur, India, pp. 1-187