Herb of the Month
Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
Botanical Name: Terminalia chebula,
Common Name: Harre (H), Chebulic myrobalan
Origin of Herbs:
Grows Throughout India.
Terminalia Chebula is a tree whose trunk towers from 40 to 70
feet, its verticillate branches giving the tree a symmetrical
head. The leaves are short-petioled, alternate, or slightly
dentate, arranged on the ends of the branches (hence the name
Terminalia), coriaceous and spotted. The 10-stamened flowers are
white or yellowish, and borne in racemes or spikes. The fruit is a
drupe about the size of a large plum.
Terminalia chebula is a tree with a rounded crown and spreading
branches. Its principle constituents contain chebulagic,
chebulinic acid and corilagin. Its fruits have laxative,
stomachic, tonic and alterative properties. It is also known as an
adaptogen and hepatoprotective drug. Haritaki is one of the best
Ayurvedic herbs for Vata detoxification and digestive balancing.
It can be used for abdominal distention, constipation, flatulence,
and hiccups. Supports proper function of the colon, lungs, liver
and aids in elimination of parasites. Should be taken with
It is very much useful in
chronic constipation. Haritaki increases the frequency of stools
and has got the property of evacuating the bowels completely.
Digestive upset or dysentery caused by parasites or infection (Shigella
spp, Salmonella typhi)1, inflammation of mucus membranes,
flatulence, etc. Indicated in ulcers. It increases the digestive
enzymes and clears undigested residues. Potential benefit in
intestinal permeability and 'leaky gut syndrome'.
Reduces lipid deposits in the blood and Liver. Use with honey to
help reduce cholesterol.
Haritaki is very effective in piles, fistula and any other
kapha-type coughs are cleared. It sends accumulated vata downwards
and helps to clear wheezing, weak voice and asthma.
Used in all sorts of eye disorders- inflammation, conjunctivitis.
Use as a wash.
Gargle in sore throat, stomatitis & gingivitis with water this
encourages its astringent nature
Historical Ayurvedic uses suggest Haritaki to be used in cough
Ayurvedic Supplements that contains Haritaki :