Common name: Haritaki ,Black Myrobalan, Chebulic Myrobalan, Hardh, Ink Tree, Harar, Hardad, Indian Gall Nut
Botanical name: Terminalia chebula
Part used: fruit
Harada : Of the thousands of Ayurvedic herbs, harada is the most commonly used. It is considered so precious that it is said “do not worry if you do not have a mother as long as you have harada.” Like the other fruits, harada is strongly astringent, and is often used for the health of the mucosa. This three-fruit combination balances each of the different bodily systems identified in Ayurveda, in order to maintain and restore balance to the entire system.
Haritaki powder has laxative, rejuvenative, purgative, astringent and dry properties.
The paste of its fruit powder 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 powder is combined with sunthi powder and given with hot water to lighten asthma and hiccups.
Its powder, 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 powder 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.
How to take?
Stir one level teaspoon of bulk powdered Triphala into a cup (8 oz) of hot water. Wait until powder settles and then drink the liquid. The same powder can be used a second time. Drink two times daily, and then discard the sediment. For best results, use between meals, or as recommended by your health care professional.
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