Welcome to Haritaki or Terminalia
chebula. Its fruit is mild laxative, stomachic, tonic, alterative, adaptogen,
hepatoprotective, febrifuge, antispasmodic, expectorant, anti-asthmatic,
antiviral and hypoglycaemic. It is useful in ophthalmia, hemorrhoids, dental
caries, bleeding gums, ulcerated oral cavity and in many other diseases
according to Ayurveda.
Terminalia Chebula &
The Three Humors:
Haritaki is useful in
vitiation of all the three humors. It is better esp. in Vata disorders.
Topical Use Of
Its paste with water is found to
be anti-inflammatory, analgesic and having purifiying and healing capacity for wounds. Its decoction as a lotion is
surgical dressing for healing the wound earlier.
Equal parts of three myrobalans
and catechu are made in a paste with clarified butter or some bland oil work as
an ointment in chronic ulcerations, ulcerated wounds and other skin diseases
with discharge. These ointments could be a substitute
for Gall ointments used in Britain.
These are used for
astringent purpose in hemorrhoids as well.
Its decoction is used as gargle in oral ulcers, sore throat. Its powder is a
good astringent dentrifice in loose gums, bleeding and ulceration in gums.
Terminalia Chebula &
It is good to increase the
appetite, as digestive aid, Liver stimulant, as stomachic, as
gastrointestinal prokinetic agent, and mild laxative.
Haritaki has proven gastrokinetic effect i.e. it helps in
moving the contents of stomach earlier. So it can be used after surgeries and as
adjuvant with other drugs that interfere with gastric motility as
antihistaminics, atropine like drugs.
Base on its comprehensive properties, it
appetite and helps in digestion.
It stimulates the liver and protects it further by
expelling the waste excretory products from the intestines.
The powder of Haritaki
has been used in chronic diarrhea, sprue with good results. It should be used as
hot infusion in these disorders. It is indicated in
Protracted diarrhea with hematochezia and prolapse of rectum.
For persons with excessive gas in intestine,
flatulence, it is a good herb that can be taken daily. it will relieve these
One compound Chebulagic acid from
Haritaki has shown antispasmodic
action like that of Papaverine.
Being a mild laxative, it is a mild herbal colon
cleanse. With its other properties, it provides some help in conditions with
Liver and Spleen enlargement and in Ascites. It is not a strong purgative like
other herbs as Senna. It does the cleansing action very smoothly. Further it can be taken for a long time without any ill effects.
In Ayurveda haritaki is the best for
'Srotoshodhana' or purifying the channels of body.
Terminalia Chebula &
Central Nervous System:
It is a good nervine. It is used in nervous weakness,
nervous irritability. It promotes the receiving power of the five senses.
For Heart & Blood Vessels:
adjuvant in hemorrhages due to its astringent nature. It helps in
edema and various inflammations.
For Lungs & Airways:
It is good for Chronic cough, coryza, sorethroat and asthma.
It is used with other herbs in many holistic herbal formulations in Ayurveda.
Reproductive Or Sexual Health:
Being anti-inflammatory, and astringent, it is useful in
urethral discharges like spermatorrhea, vaginal discharges like leucorrhea. It
can be given as adjuvant in atonic conditions of Uterus.
Haritaki For Kidney
& Urinary Bladder:
It is helpful in Renal calculi, dysurea,
and retention of urine.
Haritaki For Skin
It is useful in skin disorders with discharges like allergies, urticaria and
other erythematous disorders.
General Uses Of
It is given
as adjuvant herb in Chronic fever. On long term use it is helpful in
gaining weight in the emaciated persons and in losing weight in obese persons.
When taken with meals it sharpens the intellect,
increases strength, stimulates the senses, expels the urine, stool and other
waste materials from the body. It saves the person from the vitiating effects of
bodily humors. Thus it is considered as an alterative and adaptogen.
Haritaki reduces the ill
effects of fat rich, creamy and oily food. T. chebula is the definite aid for
persons who habitually overeat. Further it can
supplement the Cholesterol normalizing drugs.
If we review all the herbal formulations in Ayurveda's all
classical texts, we will find haritaki to be one of the most frequently used
ayurvedic herbs. In most of
the compounds it is used as minor adjunct. In many others it is used as the
foundation base of the entire formula - like in most of the electuaries or jams.
It is the one of the prominent herb in formulations for asthma, cough, tonics,
skin diseases, abdominal disorders.
Approach With Terminalia Chebula:
Bhava Prakash in his Materia
Medica relates haritaki to be used with sugar in Pitta disorders, with salt in
Vata disorders, with dried ginger in Kapha disorders.
Research & Terminalia Chebula:
Haritaki can serve to act as an
effective alternative to modern prokinetic drugs like metaclopramide.
anti-bacterial and antioxidant
Some preliminary evidence of its
capability to be useful in HSV Herpes simplex virus.
Some anti-tumor activity and
effect in inhibiting the HIV virus.
Anthraquinone and Sennoside like
purgative activity. Ability to evacuate the bowel.
Wide antibacterial and antifungal
activity, esp. against E. coli.