Haritaki- Chebulic Myrobalan
One of the three components of the well-known Ayurvedic preparation Triphala, along with Amalaki, Haritaki, and Vibhitaki.
The name ‘Haritaki’ means “that which cleans and shines the body.”
Botanical name: Terminalia chebula
Sanskrit name: Haritaki, Abhaya, Vijaya, Pathya
English name: Chebulic myrobalan
Malayalam name: Katukka
Arabic name: Haleelaz
Medicinal Properties of Haritaki
|Anti-inflammatory- Acts against Inflammation||Hepatoprotective- Protects the Liver|
|Wound healing||Laxative- Treats Constipation|
|Prokinetic (Improves Gastrointestinal motility)||Immunomodulator- Enhances Immunity|
|Renoprotective- Protects the Kidneys||Anti-neoplastic- Acts against Cancer cells|
|Cardioprotective- Protects the Heart||Hypolipidemic- Acts against high Cholesterol levels|
|Anti-diabetic||Rejuvenation- Enhanced longevity|
|Digestive -Improves Digestive fire||Antioxidant|
|Anti-microbial||Anti-helminthic- Acts against Worms|
-Also proven to cure Haemorrhoids, Splenomegaly, Anaemia, Ascites, Impotency, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Renal Calculus, Gout, etc.
Haritaki is given as a Rejuvenative combined with other adjuvants (Drugs that enhances the potency of other drugs when combined) in different seasons. This is known as Rithu Haritaki.
-In Monsoon Season, it is given with Rock Salt.
-In Autumn, it is given with Sugar.
-In Early Winter, it is given with Dry Ginger.
-In Late Winter, it is given with Long Pepper.
-In Spring, it is given with Honey.
-In Summer, it is given with Jaggery.
Phytoconstituents of Haritaki
-Chebulagic acid, Chebulic acid, Tannic acid, Gallic acid, Terchebulin, etc.
Side-effects of Haritaki
-Haritaki should be avoided by women who are pregnant or nursing since it may alter the fetus’ weight and lessen the volume of breastmilk produced.
-Haritaki should not be given to children under the age of five.
-May worsen Gastritis in some patients.
Ayurvedic Formulations containing Haritaki
Home Remedies containing Haritaki
5g Haritaki powder can be taken with 1-2 tsp of Ghee or Honey at night for gut cleansing
CAUTION: All medications described here are being used solely for educational reasons. This does not replace seeking expert medical advice. Before using any drugs, please seek the advice of a licensed Ayurvedic practitioner. Please keep out of the reach of children.
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