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Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) – Uses and Benefits


Botanical Name: Terminalia Chebula,

Family Name: Combretaceae

Popular Name(s): Black Myrobalan, Chebulic Myrobalan, Hardh, Ink Tree, Harar, Hardad, Indian Gall Nut

Parts Used: Fruit, Root, Bark.

Habitat: Grown throughout India


The deciduous Haritaki tree grows at an altitude of 1,800 meters. The round tree is crowned and branches spread out, with a diameter of 1.5 to 2.5 meters. The long ovate leaves are acute, in opposite pairs about 10 to 20 cm long. The flowers are dull white with spikes and can be found at the end of the branches. The fruit is hard and yellowish green in color. Each fruit has a single seed that is light yellow in color. The tree can be found in the sub Himalayan tracks, from Ravi to West Bengal and in the deciduous forests of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Maharashtra. It is known as haritaki, abhaya and pathya in Sanskrit; harad in Hindi; hirada in Marathi; alalekaayi in Kannada; kadukkai in Tamil; horitoky in Bengali; xilikha in Assamese and karakkaya in Telugu.

Uses & 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.


  • Haritaki should be sparingly used by lean individuals and pregnant women.
  • It should be avoided in severe debility, mental depression, while fasting and vitiated pitta conditions.

via Haritaki – Uses & Benefits of Haritaki, Terminalia Chebula.

Loss of sleep and Ayurveda

“INSOMNIA” is a common sleep disorder in our modern, fast paced & stressful life. It is a inability to obtain an adequate amount or quality of sleep. The difficulty can be in falling asleep, remaining asleep, or both. People with insomnia do not feel refreshed when they wake up, which affect their ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.

Symptoms of Inadequate sleep are day time fatigue, sleepiness, lowered energy levels, delayed reflexes, weak memory, lack of concentrate, confused state of mind, increased blood pressure, dark circles under eyes, dry skin, appearance of wrinkles on skin and hair loss.

Psychological conditions (anxiety, mental depression, stress etc.), Medications (steroids, diuretics, blood pressure medications etc.), excessive work, excessive consumption of tea or coffee, smoking, drinking alcohol, hunger or overeating before sleep, constipation, dyspepsia and menstruation (in female) are common causes of Insomnia.

According to Ayurveda, an improper diet and lifestyle causes aggravation of Vata dosha which travels through the channels of the head and cause insomnia or Anidra (Ayurvedic name). Ayurveda says, Prana Vata (sub-dosha of Vata dosha) makes the nervous system sensitive. When this sensitivity of nervous system coupled with an aggravated Prana Vata, it lead to “INSOMNIA”. Vata is aggravated by worries, anger, suppressed emotions, overwork, over-excitement, increased intake of tea and coffee especially before going to bed, long gaps between meals and intake of cold and dry food, etc. Sometimes as like Prana Vata, Tarpak Kapha and Sadhak Pitta may also responsible for Insomnia. Tarpak Kapha (sub-dosha of Kapha) nourishes the brain cells and facilitates a good night’s sleep. Imbalance of this dosha causes poor nourishment of brain cells, leading to Insomnia. Sadhak Pitta (sub-dosha of Pitta) is located in the heart. It controls emotions, desires, decisiveness, and spirituality. Its imbalance makes a person demanding and workaholic, thereby leading to situations that may cause sleeplessness.

The Ayurvedic treatment of Insomnia focuses on balancing the aggravated doshas through classical herbal medicines as well as customized diet and lifestyle plans.

Diet Recommend for Insomnia

  •  Low-salt diet
  • Calcium / Magnesium rich food, as they are natural sedatives like milk, almonds, peanuts, walnuts.
  • Vitamin B containing diet : Whole grain, cereals, pulses and green vegetables, fresh fruits and curd.
  • Avoid white-flour foods, sugar, tea, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, fatty foods, fried foods

Lifestyle Recommend for Insomnia

  • Avoid watching television or working on the computer late at night.
  • Prepare a sleep schedule. Go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at a fixed time every morning.
  • If possible, take a hot bath or shower before bedtime.
  • Regular physical exercise.
  • Create a sleep environment in the room, avoid too much light and noise.

Massage (abhyanga)

Before going to bed, rub warm sesame oil on your scalp and the soles of your feet.

Ayurvedic Herbs Recommend for Insomnia

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yoga Recommend for Insomnia


Meditation at bedtime is a technique to soothe the stressed nerves. This powerful technique improves concentration and helps discard all the negative thoughts from the mind. Sleep is one of the supporting pillars of life. Along with diet, sleep is important for good health and well-being.