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.
Rasa (taste): All but salty, mainly astringent, bitter
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
Hindi: Harara, Harir, Har
Marathi: Habra, Hirada
Species: Terminalia Chebula