Haritaki Benefits That Boost Your Metabolism and Purify Your Blood

Haritaki is a herb that comes from the fruit of the Terminalia chebula tree. It is primarily used to increase your metabolism and cleanse the blood. The chebula tree grows up to 30-meter tall with a with a trunk that measures approximately 1 meter when full grown. The small nut-like fruits contain an elliptical-shaped seed covered by a fleshy and rigid pulp.

Map of the sub-himalayan tract

A simple map indicating the growing region of Haritaki

The main growing region of haritaki is in India in the sub-Himalayan tract

In Ayurvedic medicine and in Traditional Tibetan medicine, Haritaki is highly regarded as a universal panacea and is used to prevent or treat a wide variety of health concerns. It is a perfect fit if you are looking for a blood cleanser or especially a boost for your metabolism.

Active Compounds

Haritaki has a bunch of active compounds including healthy acids and metabolites: tannic acid, gallic acid, chebulinic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, terchebin, chebulin, behenic acid, oleic acid, sennoside, anthraquinone, mucilage, arachidic acid, and linoleic acid.

Haritaki has many names like a lot of herbs out of India so here are some of the other names it is known as: Abhaya, Kadukkai, Chebulic Myrobalan, Black Myrobalan, Hardh, Ink Tree, Hardad, Harar, Karakkaya, and Marathi.

Uses of Haritaki

In Ayurveda, Haritaki powder is used to treat blood and digestive disorders like:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Gout
  • Anemia
  • Dysuria
  • Urinary Stones
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • May help lower blood sugar.
  • May reduce cholesterol.

Haritaki Benefits

Here are some of the properties and benefits of the herb.

  • It has laxative, purgative, astringent and restorative properties
  • Boosts energy
  • Promotes longevity
  • Improves memory
  • Improves metabolism and aids digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Enhances the five senses
  • Protects from oxidative stress
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Antioxidant
  • Mouthwash preparation using this herb’s extracts can help prevent cavities

Haritaki growing on tree.Haritaki has the ability to cleanse your body of toxins and has natural blood-purifying effects, it is believed to contribute significantly to weight loss by keeping by speeding up your metabolism and cleansing your digestive system. Obviously, nothing alone is a “magic bullet” but if you combine Haritaki with a sensible diet and exercise plan this herb can definitely aid in your natural weight loss plan.

If you have any digestive, especially stomach related disorders, Haritaki is a good fit for you. It is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from acidity to constipation. It works by forming a protective barrier in your stomach by increasing the production of mucus, effectively preventing ulcer and acidity.

It is a natural laxative that can benefit people suffering from constipation. When combined with a diet rich in fiber, it promotes good bowel health without the side effects of flatulence and bloating which are common to most constipation pills.

This is not a tonic herb so it is not intended to be taken every day for an extended period. Haritaki is perfect for you if you are planning a diet or cleansing cycle. If you are looking for a tonic herb with similar benefits you might want to check out Jiaogulan.

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Haritaki is used in Ayurvedic Medicine as an almost universal treatment for a wide variety of health concerns, as both a blood cleanser and metabolite. In this article, I wanted to share everything I know and have learned about this remarkable herb.
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