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.

  • Rithu Haritaki

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


-Triphala Choornam

-Dashamoola Haritaki


-Pathyakshadhatyradi Kashayam

-Pathyashadangam Kashayam

  • 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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