Haritaki or Terminalia Chebula is one of the three fruits found in the Triphala. There are several benefits of Haritaki. It is a very famous rejuvenation herb and is found in higher quantities in northern India. The fruit, roots, and bark of this tree are used in preparing herbal medicines. It is a fruit, whose length ranges from 2cm to 4.5cm and width is 1.2cm to 2.5cm. Haritaki is known by many names in India, it is called “Harad” in Urdu and Hindi, “Kadukai” in Tamil, “Hirda” in Marathi, “Hilikha” in Assamia and “Horitoki” in Bengali. In Ayurveda, it is known by names such as Amrita, Pranada, Kayastha etc. It is sweet, penetrating, bitter, astringent and sour in taste. Let’ us look at some of the benefits of Haritaki.
Benefits of Haritaki
Some of the amazing benefits of this ayurvedic herb are:
1.Effects on Tridosha
Haritaki, due to its, sweet, bitter and sharp taste helps maintain Pitta. Its acute bitter and astringent taste maintains Kapha and its sour taste balances Vata. Thus, it is tridoshic herb.
2.Haritaki Ayurveda Benefits for Hemorrhoids Treatment
Haritaki helps in complications like bowel movements and hemorrhoids. It helps in reducing piles and bleeding.
For the sitz bath, add 2 tablespoons of Haritaki or Triphala powder in half a bucket of water, 10 minutes before taking a bath. This will help in reducing inflammation and heal wounds faster.
3.Haritaki Ayurveda Benefits for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Taking Haritaki regularly can improve your digestive system, make intestines healthy. It also increases the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat.
4.Haritaki Ayurveda Benefits for splenomegaly
To treat the growth of the spleen, take 3-5 gm of Haritaki powder with a mixture of 2-3 grams of jaggery once or twice a day.
5.Haritaki Ayurveda Benefits for Skin and Hair
Haritaki powder can also be used to treat skin problems, such as acne, rashes, hair fall, and dandruff.
- For acne, mix the Haritaki powder in hot water and apply it directly in the affected area after it gets cold.
- Mix haritaki powder with your hair oil and apply on the scalp to prevent dandruff and hair loss.
6.Haritaki Ayurveda Benefits for Mouth and Lung
The powder of this herb is often used to treat mouth ulcers and gum disease. It is very effective in preventing teeth problems when used regularly. Haritaki is also used for cough, bronchitis and other lung problems. For this, add half a teaspoon of haritaki powder to honey and drink it slowly.
Other benefits of Haritaki
Haritaki also helps in
- Repairing the urinary tract problems.
- Weight loss.
- Improving body weight.
- Diarrhea, dysentery and skin diseases.
- Skin allergies.
- Preventing cough and colds.
- Maintaining blood sugar levels.
- Improving eyesight.
- Improving intelligence.