HARITAKI, Terminalia chebula


Latin name: Terminalia chebula

English name: Chebulic myrobalan, hardad

Sanskrit/Indian name: Haritaki

Medicinal parts used: Fruits, Roots, Bark

Haritaki is a tall, large, deciduous tree. The wood is brownish-grey and very hard and durable. The younger leaves have velvet hairs. The leaves are longer than broad, oval shaped. The flowers are small, creamy white, and sweet scented. The fruit is a drupe with single seed. The drupe is shiny, spindle shaped, greenish yellow and faintly angled. Size of the fruit varies. It is found all over India from eastern to western region.

Therapeutic use:

  • Its paste with water is found to be anti-inflammatory, analgesic and having purifying and healing capacity for wounds.
  • It is good to increase the appetite, as digestive aid, liver stimulant, as stomachic, as gastrointestinal prokinetic agent, and mild laxative.
  • It is a good nervine. It is used in nervous weakness, nervous irritability. It promotes the receiving power of the five senses.
  • It is adjuvant in hemorrhages due to its astringent nature. It helps in edema and various inflammations.
  • It is good for chronic cough, coryza, sore throat and asthma. It is used with other herbs in many holistic herbal formulations in Ayurveda.
  • 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.
  • It is helpful in renal calculi, dysurea, and retention of urine.
  • It is useful in skin disorders with discharges like allergies, urticaria and other erythematous disorders.
  • 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.


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