It is a carminative, a killer of intestinal worms, a laxative, and is not only a general tonic but also a protector of the lungs. Haritaki contains tannin up to 30 per cent, chebulinic acid and a sufficient amount of Vitamin B complex. It is an effective purgative and helps in removing toxins and fats from the body, resulting in their reduced absorption.
Triphala is an important formulation in the ayurvedic pharmacopoeia containing haritaki. Triphala and each of its constituents are well known rasayana drugs.
Fruits contain about 30%. of astringent substances - chebulinic acid, tannic acid, gallic acid etc. Resin and a purgative principle of the nature of anthraquinone and sennoside are also present.
Short term clinical trials have been carried out on patients with simple constipation. Haritaki increases the frequency of stools and has got the property of evacuating the bowel completely. The total response of the drug is excellent in 90% cases and good in 80% cases.
Uses of Haritaki (Terminaial Chebula)
Haritaki is one of the best Ayurvedic herbs for Vata detoxification and digestive balancing. It can be used for abdominal distention, constipation, flatulence, and hiccups. Supports proper function of the colon, lungs, liver and aids in elimination of parasites.
It is very much useful in chronic constipation. Haritaki increases the frequency of stools and has got the property of evacuating the bowels completely.
Digestive upset or dysentery caused by parasites or infection, inflammation of mucus membranes, flatulence, etc. Indicated in ulcers. It increases the digestive enzymes and clears undigested residues.
Reduces lipid deposits in the blood and Liver. Use with honey to help reduce cholesterol.
Haritaki is very effective in piles, fistula and any other anorectal diseases.
Used in all sorts of eye disorders- inflammation, conjunctivitis. Use as a wash.
Gargle in sore throat, stomatitis & gingivitis with water this encourages its astringent nature
Do not take this herb if you are pregnant or if you are suffering from dehydration, severe exhaustion, and emaciation