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 FOREVER HARITAKI

Terminalia chebula

Sanskrit

:

Haritaki

English

:

Chebulic myrobalans

Latin name

:

Terminalia chebula

Family

:

Combretaceae

Morphology: A tall, large, deciduous tree. The wood is brownish-grey and very hard and durable. Leaf: The younger leaves have velvet hairs. The leaves are longer than broad, oval shaped. Flower: The flowers are small, creamy white, and sweet scented. Fruit: The fruit is a drupe with single seed. The drupe is shiny, spindle shaped, greenish yellow and faintly angled. Size of the fruit varies. Bark: The stem bark is dark brown and falls of into irregular woody scales.

 

Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties:

Rasa

:

Pancharasa mainly Kashaya (astringent)

Guna

:

Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry)

Virya

:

Ushna (hot)

Vipaka

:

Madhura (sweet)

Doshakarma

:

Tridosha Shamak (alleviate V, P and K Dosha)

 

 Useful parts

 

:

 Fruits.

Medicinal uses

:

It is astringent, light, easily assimilated, digestive, antiseptic, alternative, laxative, diuretic and carminative. It promotes digestive power, heals wounds and ulcers, cures local swellings, skin and eye diseases. Laxative, stomachic, tonic and alternative. Used in fevers, cough, asthma, urinary diseases

Dose

:

Churna 1-3 gm

Important formulations

:

Triphala Churna, Haritakyadi Churna

Home remedies:

  1. It is a safe purgative its powder can be used as purgative in the dose of 3-5gms.
  2. One should perform Kavala and Gandusha along with the decoction of Haritaki in the diseases of oral cavity.
  3.  One should paste its dry powder on the teeth to make strengthen them.

 Summary:  

Various extracts have been prepared from the powdered fruits. It contains a constituent, which has a wide anti- bacterial and antifungal spectrum. The most common organism responsible for urinary tract infection. The oil in the kernel increased the motility, of the gastrointestinal tract of the mouse. The action was comparable with castor oil. The oil by itself is non-irritant but releases an irritant principle when incubated with lipase. The laxative activity of Triphala has been tested on albino mice. The laxative activity is also exhibited by the fruit pulp.

The plant is used extensively in the preparation of many ayurvedic formulations for infectious diseases such as chronic ulcers, leucorrhoea, pyorrhoea and fungal infections of the skin. Haritaki increases the frequency of stools and has got the property of evacuating the bowel completely. Triphala is an important formulation in the ayurvedic pharmacopoeia containing haritaki. Triphala and each of its constituents are well known rasayana drugs. They are used to prevent aging and impart longevity, immunity and body resistance against disease. They have beneficial effects on all the tissues.

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