Asucre Haritaki ~ Terminalia Chebula - Mother of All Herbs

Haritaki - Terminalia Chebula - Mother of All Herbs

Haritaki is wonder medicine and is used to cure many types of diseases. Terminalia chebula herb has astringent, rejuvenating, laxative and purgative properties.

Maybe you heard about this wonderful herb! Or maybe not!

But today I’ll tell you some interesting facts about Haritaki and why it is called the wonder medicine in Siddha & Ayurveda.

What Is Haritaki?

Haritaki is wonder fruit grown on Haritaki Tree (Terminalia Chebula Tree). It has unique characteristics which make him universal remedy of all diseases in Siddha & Ayurveda. This is one of the major components of wonder Siddha Ayurveda medicine known as Triphala Powder. Haritaki Trees are found in deciduous forests of India, especially in the northern region.

Fruits, Roots, and bark of this tree are used to prepare herbal medicines. Haritaki Fruit is a drupe-like fruit vary in size between 2 to 4.5 cm length and 1.2 to 2.5 cm in breadth having five longitudinal ridges.

Oval in shape and turns green to blackish in color as ripen depend upon its variety. The taste of Haritaki Fruits is sweet, sour; bitter and astringent depend upon its type which is discussed below in different types of Haritaki section.

Haritaki is called by different names in different languages in India like “Harad” in Urdu and Hindi, “Kadukkai” in Tamil,”Hirada” in Marathi, “Hilikha” in Assamese and “Horitoky” in Bengali.

Nutritional Value of Haritaki - 
Haritaki Fruit is very nutritious for a human being as it contains essential vitamins, minerals and protein. It is a rich source of Vitamin C and minerals like selenium, manganese, potassium, iron and copper.

Haritaki also has plants chemicals like tannic acid, bulimic acid, gallic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and behenic acid.

Siddha & Ayurvedic Properties of Haritaki

According to the Bhavaprakasha (Ancient Indian Scripture), Haritaki was derived from a drop of nectar from Indra's cup (Lord Indra - Zeus in Greek). Its botanical name is Terminalia Chebula. It treats a wide variety of diseases and is an ingredient that we first resort to for treating most of the small ailments at home. 

Haritaki has been regarded very highly from ancient times by traditional healers and it is rightly called the mother of herbs. It is widely used in siddha-Ayurvedic medicine and it is also one of the three ingredients of the famous Triphala which by itself signifies its importance in Siddha & Ayurvedic medicine.

Haritaki has got anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-ulcerogenic, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-viral, astringent, anti-aging, anti-arthritic, anti-microbial, hypoglycemic, anti-pyretic and hypolipidemic properties.

Actually the amount of diseases haritaki can cure is astonishing, it is used for treating arthritis, dental problems like caries and bleeding gums, skin problems like acne and eczema, for healing wounds, for neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer's, for constipation and shrinking hemorrhoids when used externally, for treating ulcers very effectively, for treating and preventing kidney stones, for improving digestion, for treating cough, sore throat and headache, for treating eye inflammations when used as an eye rinse, for improving immunity, for treating fever along with reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels! 

According to Bhavaprakasha (Ancient Indian Scripture), Haritaki is known as “The King of Medicines and Mother of all herbs” in Ayurveda because of these Ayurvedic properties:

Rasa (Taste): All six except salt, mainly astringent, sweet, sour, pungent, bitter.

Virya (Potency): It’s very warm.

Vipaka (Post Digestive Effect): its vipaka is sweet.

Guna (Quality): its guna is light and dry.

Unique Property: Maintain the balance of all three doshas that is Tri Dosha (Humors)

Effect on Doshas (Humors):

  • It is very useful in the vitiation of all three senses of humor, but it is particularly used to balance Vata (Air humor).
  • It helps to balance the Air (Vata) if taken with Ghee (Buttery Oil).
  • It helps to balance the Fire (Pitta) if taken with Shakara (Sugar/Coarse Jaggery).
  • It helps to balance the Water (Kapha) if taken with Lavan (Rock Salt).
  • It helps to balance all the three Doshas that is Vata, Pitta, and Kapha if taken with Gud (Jaggery).

Haritaki also helps to improve the digestion. It detoxifies and nourishes all the body tissues. 

Following are some uses of Haritaki according to Ayurveda:
  • It helps to detoxify and nourish all the status (body tissues).
  • Haritaki is best for purifying the channels of the body that is called “srotoshodhan.”
  • It helps to improve the digestive system & helps in healthy digestion of food.
  • It helps to strengthen the nerves & five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell & taste).
  • It helps in maintaining normal body temperature.
  • It helps in strengthening the female reproductive organs like a uterus.
How nutritious is Haritaki?

From the above section and Ayurvedic properties of Haritaki, let’s now know about its health benefits.

Health Benefits of Haritaki 


Haritaki, the wonder medicine has several health benefits, out of which few are listed below:

1. Prevents Hair Loss And Removes Dandruff:
Haritaki is a very useful remedy for hair fall in the form of Haritaki herbal oil. It also prevents Dandruff and Lice infection. Regular use of Haritaki oil is good for your hairs.

2. Helpful in Constipation:
Haritaki is a natural laxative and contains dietary fibers which are digestive agent’s fights with constipation. Haritaki is a natural remedy for Constipation Patients. Constipation Patients take Haritaki in the form of Haritaki Powder with water as a drug dosage to fight with constipation.

3. Removes Acne And Ulcers:
Haritaki has antibacterial properties which make it very effective for treating acne and ulcers. Take Haritaki powder and boiled water, make a paste and apply it on acne and ulcer spotted skin. It heals acne very quickly and prevents scars from forming.

4. Fights with Skin Allergies:
Haritaki is very useful in fighting with skin allergies. It treats skin allergies in the ears and nose caused by earrings and nose ring. Ornaments made of gold and silver don’t cause any skin allergy but artificial jewelry made of metal cause allergies and skin rashes.

Haritaki Paste is the best remedy for this problem. To make a Haritaki paste, take Haritaki fruit and rub it on sandalwood stone with little-boiled water. After rubbing it against sandalwood, you found light green color paste, take this paste and apply on the infected skin.

5. Prevents Cough and Cold:
It is a very useful remedy for preventing cough and cold naturally. The dosage of Haritaki powder mixed with honey will treat a cough and cold effectively. It also cures gingivitis and sore throat.

6. Boosts Immunity: Haritaki acts as an immunity booster and increases longevity if it’s powder is taken regularly fried in ghee.

7. Prevents Diabetes: Haritaki helps in regulating blood sugar levels and decreases insulin sensitivity in the body, so it is a very useful remedy Diabetes patient. Haritaki do not have any side effects at all.

8. Helps in Weight Loss: Haritaki is a natural blood purifier. It helps in remove toxins from the body and keeps digestive system on track as it contains dietary fibers which help in digestion of food. Taking Haritaki in the form of powder daily regulate hunger and combined with balanced diet and regular exercise will aid in weight loss naturally.

From Where To Get Haritaki? - Haritaki is available with us in the form of Haritaki Tablets, Haritaki Capsules, Haritaki Oil; Haritaki Powder also called Haritaki Churna and Haritaki Fruit.

Hope you got your haritaki fruit, powder, and tablet/Capsule. Now you want to know about its dosage, how to take it?

How to Take Haritaki? (Haritaki Dosage) - 
If you have haritaki powder, you can take 1-6 grams of powder along with co-drink or ingredient based on disease and season (read Ritu Haritaki given below) once or twice a day. If you have Haritaki Tablets or Capsules you can have one tablet/capsule twice a day. 

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Ritu Haritaki: Ritu means Season and dosage of haritaki with different ingredients according to the season is called Ritu Haritaki. . Let’s know more about this.

Vasant Ritu (spring): In Spring season, it is taken along with Madhu (Honey)

Greeshma Ritu (summer):
In Summer, it is taken along with Guda (Jaggery)

Varsha Ritu (rainy): In Rainy Season, it is taken along with Saindhava (Rock Salt)

Sharat Ritu (autumn): In Autumn Season, it is taken along with Sharkara (Sugar)

Hemant Ritu (Early Winter): In Early Winter Season, it is taken along with shunti (Ginger)

Shishira Ritu (winter): In Winter Season, it is taken along with Pippali (Long Pepper)

Haritaki Important Note

  • Haritaki is not recommended during pregnancy as its use may reduce production of Breast Milk. 
  • People with a lean body, weak immunity, low strength, excessive sensual activity, fasted for a long time avoid taking 
  • Alcoholics avoid taking Haritaki 
  • Do not give it to children under five years of age

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