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.
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.
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:
- Urinary Stones
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- May help lower blood sugar.
- May reduce cholesterol.
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
- Enhances the five senses
- Protects from oxidative stress
- Mouthwash preparation using this herb’s extracts can help prevent cavities
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.