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Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) – Uses and Benefits


Haritaki

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

Description

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.

Caution

  • 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.

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Ayurveda for Constipation


If late night sleeping habit, stress, eating unhealthy food and lack of exercise are some of the characteristics of your lifestyle, you could face a problem of constipation. It may not be severe, but it surely requires on time medication.

An inability to meet the urge to pass normal stool is a primary symptom of constipation. The other symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, infrequent bowel movements and hard stool. In constipation, passing the stool becomes difficult and painful. An unhealthy lifestyle is the main cause of constipation. It involves insufficient water intake (8 glasses of water is the daily water requirement of your body), excessive consumption of caffeine in form of tea and coffee, consuming refined foods lacking vitamins and minerals and eating meat.

Constipation and Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, the vitiation of vata dosha is the primary cause of constipation and the other doshas responsible for constipation are pitta and kapha. Constipation felt mostly in hot months is due to vitiation of the pitha dosha, characterized by dry stool. And in the constipation caused by vitiation of kapha dosha, it becomes painful to pass the sticky feces, because of the excessive mucus blocking the rectal passage. The severity of constipation varies depending on the age of the person. Initially, constipation leads to infrequent (typically three times a week) and difficult bowel movement. But, if not treated in time, it may lead to severe or chronic constipation accompanying significant pain and discomfort and lead to complications such as fecal impaction or fecal incontinence. A prolonged constipation may lead to a feeling of heavy abdomen, headache, lethargy, and loss of appetite.

Constipation should be treated on time to avoid total apathy. The most effective remedy for constipation is available in Ayurveda. Below is the list of ayurvedic medicines for constipation.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Constipation

Ayurveda gives prime importance to the daily diet. Including fiber rich foods, raw vegetables and fruits such as papaya, tomato, beetroot and sugarcane proves to be beneficial. Below is a list of ayurvedic medicines for constipation:

Triphala Churna:Triphala Churna is the best ayurvedic herbal medicine. As the name suggests, it is made up of three (tri) fruits (fals) namely, amla (Indian gooseberry), haritiki (chebulic myrobalan) and bibhitaki (belleric myrobalan). It is an excellent cleanser, rejuvenator and it works wonders. Available in both powder and capsule form, it is advisable to take 1 tablespoon of triphala choorna with lukewarm water twice a day

Aloe vera: Another ayurvedic herbal medicine is aloe vera juice known as ‘Kumari Saar’ in Ayurveda. It acts as a natural detoxifier, cleans the intestine and removes endotoxins from the blood. It is taken twice a day, one dose of which consists of 20-30 ml of aloe vera juice mixed with equal quantity of water.

Isabgol or Psyllium husk: The isabgol or psyllium husk is an effectual herbal ayurvedic medicine for constipation. It helps in emptying bowels with ease. Advisable dose is 1-2 table spoons of powdered isabgol with lukewarm water before going to bed. How well it suits an individual, depends on his/her constitution. So it\’s good to consult a doctor for its dosage.

Rhuharb: It is another herb which is effective in acute constipation only. But, should be used with caution as in the long run it can precipitate constipation.

Sometimes, in case of chronic constipation

  • Agastya rasayana
  • Abhayadi modaka
  • pancha sakar choorna
  •  madhu yashthayadi choorna (Mulethi churan)

are also prescribed. These ayurvedic medicines help in improving the intestinal functions and strengthen the intestinal valves.

Special ayurvedic therapies to treat constipation are purgation therapy named virechana karma and enema therapy named vasti karma. But, these therapies should be taken under the guidance of ayurvedic experts only.

Drink lots of water, especially in the morning. For better results, drink the water kept overnight in a copper vessel. Take vata pacifying food (containing adequate amount of oil and ghee). Avoid rice and take wheat instead. Improve your sleeping habits and your constipation will also improve, finally coming to an end.

via Ayurvedic Medicine for Constipation.