by Dr Vaid Ji on Nov 14, 2023
- Haritaki also known as terminalia chebula , is a small to medium sized tree native to india and southeast asia. It is a drupe like fruit, oval in shape. Depending upon its variety, it turns green - blackish in colour when ripens. It tastes sweet, sour, bitter depending upon its types.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES :
RASA : kshaya, madhura, amla, katu, tikta.
GUNA : laghu, rooksha.
VIRYA : ushna.
VIPAKA : madhura.
EFFECT ON TRIDOSHA : balances all 3 doshas (vata, pitta, kapha)
PROPERTIES OF HARITAKI :
- Antioxidant: It contains antioxidants that help protect cells from oxidative damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- Anti-inflammatory: Haritaki have anti-inflammatory properties, which are useful in managing various inflammatory conditions.
- Detoxification: It supports the body's natural detoxification processes, helping to eliminate toxins and waste products.
- Immune Support: Haritaki boost the immune system, helping the body resist infections.
- Antimicrobial: Haritaki have antimicrobial properties, potentially helping to combat certain pathogens.
BENIFITS OF HARITAKI :
- Digestive Health: Haritaki is known for its mild laxative properties, which can help with constipation and promote regular bowel movements. It supports overall digestive health.
- Cognitive Health: It is used to support cognitive function and memory.
- Skin Health: Topical applications of haritaki help with various skin conditions and promote skin health.
- Oral Health: It is used in some oral care products for its potential benefits in maintaining oral hygiene.
- Weight Management: Haritaki is used in aiding weight loss and management.
- Cardiovascular Health: Haritaki have a positive impact on heart health by helping lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
- Anticancer Potential: Studies suggest that haritaki have anticancer properties.
- It is used for treatment of splenomegaly.
- It is useful in diseases like - delirium, haemorrhoids, diarrhoea, headache, anorexia, cough, cold, diabetes type 2, urinary tract disorders, bloating, jaundice, worm infestation, edema, impotency,asthma, bodyaches, chronic recurrent fever, skin discoloration, IBS, gout, itching, liver disorders, renal calculus, urine retention.