Terminalia chebula

The Benevolent Detox Ayurvedic Herbal Remedy - Terminalia chebula or Haritaki or Chebulic Myrobalan - Whose Full Potential is Utilized in Ayurveda

Haritaki or Terminalia chebula's 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 Terminalia chebula:

  •   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 & Abdominal Disorders:

  •   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 promotes 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 conditions smoothly.
  • 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 tonic. It is used in nervous weakness, nervous irritability. It promotes the receiving power of the five senses. 

Terminalia chebula For Heart & Blood Vessels:

It is adjuvant in hemorrhages due to its astringent nature. It helps in edema and various inflammations.

Haritaki or Chebulic Myrobalan  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.

Haritaki For 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 Disorders:

It is useful in skin disorders with discharges like allergies, urticaria and other erythematous disorders.

General Benefits and Uses Of Terminalia chebula:

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.

Haritaki is reputed for its alterative, adaptogenic and tonic effect when used throughout the year with different substances in different six seasons of the year. Want to follow more about Seasonal use of Haritaki - Ritu Haritaki.

You will find the graphics for personal use to get help and motivation for such use of haritaki.

Using Haritaki or Chebulic Myrobalan  With Other Herbs:

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.

Ayurvedic Holistic Approach With Haritaki or Chebulic Myrobalan:

The author Bhava Prakashin his Materia Medica relates Haritaki to be used with sugar in Pitta disorders, with salt in Vata disorders, with dried ginger in Kapha disorders.

Modern Clinical Research & Terminalia chebula:

  1. Haritaki can serve to act as an effective alternative to modern prokinetic drugs like metaclopramide.
  2. Anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.
  3. Some preliminary evidence of its capability to be useful in HSV Herpes simplex virus.
  4. Some anti-tumor activity and effect in inhibiting the HIV virus.
  5. Anthraquinone and Sennoside like purgative activity. Ability to evacuate the bowel.
  6. Wide antibacterial and antifungal activity, esp. against E. coli.    

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