Benefits of Haritaki

Haritaki is a very large tree growing throughout the deciduous forests of India and Sri Lanka. Haritaki is described as the ‘remover of diseases’. It literally means ‘green’ like the fruit. It is considered to be the best herb for the digestive and lung diseases.

Benefits of Haritaki: Jaundice, colic, anemia, asthma, gas, fever, digestive diseases, blood purifier, liver and spleen disorders, ulcers, edema, skin diseases, hiccup, diarrhea, malabsorption, nervous disorders, headache, epilepsy, burns, constipation, lung diseases.

Action: Rejuvenative, tonic, astringent, laxative, nervine, expectorant, anthelmintic, alterative.

Scientific name: Terminalia chebula.

Useful part: Fruit.

Dosage: 3–9g per day in a decoction.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): All but salty, mainly astringent, bitter

Vırya(energy): Heating

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet

Guna (quality): Light, dry

Dosa effect: VPK=

Dhatu(tissue): All tissues

Srotas (channel): Digestive, excretory, nervous, respiratory

Description: It is a medium sized deciduous tree with a rounded crown, spreading branches and dark brown bark . Leaves are simple, alternate or subopposite, ovate or elliptic ovate. Flowers pale yellow or white in 4-10cm long axillary spikes. Fruit is a drupe, yellow to orange brown in colour.

Classical and common names

English: Chebulic myrobalan

Bengali: Haritaki

Hindi: Harara, Harir, Har

Malayalam: Kadukka

Assamesse: Hilikha

Kannada: Alale

Marathi: Habra, Hirada

Botanical Classification

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Myrtales

Family: Combretaceae

Genus: Terminalia

Species: Terminalia Chebula