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Terminalia chebula          

  Latin Name Terminalia chebula        
English Name Chebulic Myrobalan
Hindi Name Haritaki
Part Used Fruit Rind

Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) the Tibetan "king of medicine", a classic heart-brain-longevity tonic, is often depicted in the extended palm of the Buddha. It is an essential ingredient of famous ayurvedic formula called Triphala that uniquely cleanses the body systems.   Seven Varieties are found in Haritaki:

Vijaya –antioxidant and immunity booster, Jeevanti – Rasayana, Rohini –Good for wound healing, Abhaya – Useful in Eye problems, Putana –Excellent in paste form, Amrita – Potent Biopurificatory, Cleanse toxins from Shrotas, Chetaki - Powerful Bowel cleanser

1Haritaki, traditionally picked in spring, is a rich source of tannins, amino acids, fructose, succinic acid and beta sitosterol. Numerous studies of Termination chebula demonstrated its anti-spasmodic properties by the reduction of abnormal blood pressure as well as intestinal spasm. Mild laxative, enhances bio-assimilation, enhances memory, rejuvenating, prevents aging and  good for eyes, digests easily, increases life span, and nourishes body tissues. 

2Extract of the fruit Terminalia chebula displays potential antiulcerogenic activity. 3The water extract appeared to have good antioxidant activities in cupric sulfate-Phen-Vc-H(2)O(2) and luminol-H(2)O(2) assays. Pyrogallol-luminol assay showed the 95% ethanol extract to have good antioxidant activity. The methanol and water extracts presented neuroprotective activities on H(2)O(2)-induced PC12 cell death at 0.5-5.0 μg/mL.  4Terminalia chebula is a commonly advocated agent in Ayurveda for improving gastrointestinal motility. Oral administration of Terminalia chebula has showed gastric emptying activity in an experimental study.


References:

 

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4. PMID: 21993359, Epilepsy Res. 2011 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print]


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