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
Varieties are found in Haritaki:
–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
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.
of the fruit Terminalia chebula displays potential antiulcerogenic activity.
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.
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.