Chebulic myrobalan (Haritaki)
Botanically it is known as Terminalia chebula. It contains tannins, chebulagic acid and gallic acid. It is a miraculous fruit having immense healing powers. Hippocrates said that if one bites a piece of haritaki after meals and swallows its juice, one will remain free from all diseases. Seven different types of haritaki are found and they are known as avaya, amrita, ketaki, juvanti, putana, vijoya and rohini. It is also known as 'long life elixir'. It is a magic fruit of proven value.
Haritaki chewed in the morning everyday in empty stomach heals a number of ailments like piles, colitis, skin eruptions, constipation, voice disorders, asthma, defective vision, wounds, acidity, gall-stones etc. The most important point to remember is that it, increases longevity. It is said to be a good liver tonic.
It is one of three constituents of the well-known Indian preparation called triphala, the other two constituents are bahera and amlaki. Triphala is used as a laxative and in the treatment of enlarged liver, stomach troubles and pain in the eyes.
Haritaki increases appetite; if taken after boiling removes constipation; if taken after grinding, purifies blood; if taken along with other foods, increases intellect, vitality and sexual power; if taken after frying in ghee, it subsides vata, pitta, and kapha. Taken after principal meals, it prevents cough and cold, acidity, biliousness and stomach disorders.
Rules for taking haritaki in different seasons: During summer months, it should be taken with molasses; in rainy season, it should be taken with rock-salt; in autumn, it should be taken with sugarcandy; in dewy season, it is usually taken with ginger; in winter, it should be taken along with ground pepper,and in spring, it is usually taken with honey.
Ayurvedic cures by haritaki
A pregnant woman should not take haritaki as it may cause abortion.
J.F. Dastur in his book 'Medicinal Plants of India and Pakistan' has said that chebulic myrobalan is a mild, safe and efficacious laxative, astringent, stomachic, tonic, and alterative; the pulp of the fruit is given in piles, chronic diarrhoea, dysentery, costiveness, flatulence, asthma, urinary disorders, vomiting, hiccup, intestinal worms, ascites, enlarged liver and spleen.
Benefit and uses of Chebulic myrobalan
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