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   Organic Haritaki/Harad (Terminalia chebula)

Name - Haritaki/Harad (Terminalia chebula)
Botanical Name - Terminalia Chebula, Terminalia Reticulata
Family Name - Combretaceae

   Introduction

The chebulic myrobalan is of great importance in Ayurvedic medicine. It is known as haritaki in Sanskrit because it is sacred to Shiva (hara). It is ingredient of Triphala, or 'three fruits', a rasayna which also contains Tbelerica (Bibhitakz) and Phyllanthus emblica (Amalakz). The plant was first mentioned in Chinese medicine & it is also used in Tibetan medicine, where it is referred to as the ''King of Medicines.'' It has been known as Abhay as it is thought to promote fearlessness.


    Uses And Benefits of Haritaki

»  Haritaki has laxative, rejuvenative, purgative, astringent and dry properties.
» The paste of its fruit is effective in reducing swelling, hastening the healing process and     cleansing the wounds and ulcers.
»  The paste gives relief to the eyelids, in case of conjunctivitis.
»  Gargling with haritaki decoction helps in stomatitis, oral ulcers and sore throat.
»  It serves as a good astringent for loose gums, bleeding and ulceration in gums.
»  The herb is used in preparing ‘Triphala’ that is used for hair wash, brush teeth in pyorrhea and     treat bleeding gums.
»  Regular consumption of haritaki powder, fried in ghee, promotes longevity and boosts energy.
» It responds well to gastrointestinal ailments, tumors, ascites, piles, enlargement of liver-     spleen, worms and colitis.
»  Powdered haritaki, mixed with jaggery, works well in gout.
»  Its powder, when mixed with honey and ghee, is an effective remedy for anemia.
» Haritaki is combined with sunthi powder and given with hot water to lighten asthma and     hiccups.
»  Its decoction, when taken along with honey, is of great help in hepatitis and obesity.
»  The herb improves memory and is salutary in dysuria and urinary stones.
»  Haritaki helps in improving appetite and helps in digestion.
»  It is a good nervine and helps in nervous weakness and nervous irritability and promotes the     receiving power of the five senses.
» Since it is anti-inflammatory and astringent, it is helpful in urethral discharges like     spermatorrhea and vaginal discharges like leucorrhea
»  If taken after meals Haritaki prevents imbalance of any of the humors due to bad food or drink.
»  Haritaki maintains the balance of all the three Doshas. When taken with Lavana (Rock salt) it     pacifies the aggravated Kapha, with sugar the Pitta and with Ghruta (Indian clarified butter) the     Vata.
»  Haritaki gives different results according to the mode of taking i.e. when chewed it ignites the    digestive fire, when taken after making a paste it ensures the timely evacuation of the feces     and when taken after roasting it balances all the three Doshas.
» According to Charak, the most eminent Ayurvedic physician, Haritaki is the best fruit for     rejuvenation and disease cure.


   Ayurvedic Properties

»  Rasa: All rasas (except lavana)
»  Guna: Laghu (light), ruksha (dry)
»  Veerya: Ushna (Hot)
»  Vipa 1 ut: Madhur (Sweeet)
»  Dosha: pacifies Tridosha


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