Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – The King Of Medicine


In Ayurveda there are certain names given to the extraordinary herbs like Black Pepper– The King of Spice but do you know that there is a certain herb considered as “King Of Medicine“. This miraculous ayurvedic fruit is extensively used for a wide range of traditional remedies. This Miraculous ayurvedic fruit is named Haritaki.

Name :-Haritaki
Botanical Name :-Terminalia chebula
Other Names :-Harad in Hindi
Kadukkai in Tamil
Karakkaya in Telugu
Haritaki in Bengali
Indian Hog plum or Indian Walnut in English
Haritaki Benefits :-1. Prevents Diabetes
2. Improves Cognitive Functioning
3. Boosts Sexual Health And Stamina
4. Helps In Digestion
5. Promotes Weight loss
6. Heals wounds and infections

What is Haritaki ?


Haritaki botanically called “Terminalia chebula” is a treasured plant food for thousands of years. Its properties are known to support healthy bowel movements and gut health. This healthy fruit grows on large deciduous trees in India and Nepal that thrive up to 3,000 feet in elevation.

Haritaki variety :-

  • Vijaya Haritaki
  • Chetaki Haritaki
  • Rohini Haritaki
  • Putna Haritaki
  • Jayanti Haritaki
  • Abhaya Haritaki
  • Amrita Haritaki

Frequently Asked Questions about Haritaki

What is haritaki good for ?

It treats countless health problems including indigestion, gastritis, lung disease, obesity, impotence, cough, cold, asthma, vision defects, urinary tract infections and hair, and skin problems.

Can haritaki be taken daily ?

Yes, it can be taken daily and is considered safe for everyday use, especially when taken in small doses and blends such as triphala.

Is Haritaki good for the gut ?

Yes, it is good for the gut as it is enormously beneficial in improving the digestive functions of the body by increasing the absorption of essential nutrients from the food.

Is Haritaki good for the liver ?

Yes, it is good for the liver as it has free radical scavenging activity thereby can be used for the prevention and treatment of liver damage.

Is Haritaki good for the heart ?

Yes, it is good for heat as it helps purify blood, making heart muscles stronger and further helps in stopping the build-up of fat in the artery. All this ensures a reduction in blood pressure and a stronger heart.

Haritaki uses 

Haritaki uses

Uses for Eyes :- Its potent Chakushya properties hold high significance for a large number of eye problems including dry eyes, watery eyes, inflamed eyes, stye infection and conjunctivitis. 

Uses for Skin :- The abundance of powerful antioxidants and nutrients like Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, iron and copper make it a key medicine in treating various skin and hair issues. It effectively scavenges free radicals from the body and diminishes oxidative damage. Being a natural toner, it flushes out the toxins from the internal layers of the skin, promotes overall skin health and treats various skin infections like acne, pimples, rashes, boils etc. It can be used in several ways for uplifting skin health.

Haritaki Benefits 

Haritaki Benefits

Prevents Diabetes

Its excellent hypoglycaemic property plays a significant role in alleviating the blood sugar levels of the body. The production of insulin from the β-pancreatic cells becomes active in taking this wonder fruit. It helps to reduce the breakdown of starch into glucose. Hence, regular usage of its powder effectively brings down the blood glucose levels and relieves from various diabetic symptoms like frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss etc.

Improves Brain Functioning

It is one such traditional remedy that has potent brain-boosting properties because of the powerful antioxidants and flavonoids present in it which improves the memory capacity, focus, concentration, calmness, alertness of an individual. It is a brain tonic and stimulator. People taking it in various forms experience a delay in the progression of neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinsons, dementia. It serves as memory boosting food, aids in reasoning, problem-solving, and other cognitive abilities. The neuroprotective elements in the plant prevent loss of memory and relieve tension from the brain.

Boosts sexual health and stamina

Among its many health benefits there is one such significance is that it is extremely beneficial in promoting sexual health of both males and females’. Being a natural aphrodisiac, it helps in reducing mental stress and anxiety and stimulates the hormones for increasing libido. It improves male and female fertility, treats several reproductive issues and increases virility and stamina in men.

Promotes Digestion

It is a traditional remedy for improving gut health and treating a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders like esophagitis, heartburn, diarrhea, flatulence, peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, indigestion, constipation, flatulence and stomach pain. The carminative nature of the fruit helps in breaking down the food particles in the stomach and intestine, enhances the secretion of the digestive juices and thereby increases the absorption of essential nutrients through the intestines. It helps to eliminate abdominal gas and reduces abdominal distension, bloating and gaseous cramps.  

Helps in Weight Loss

Haritaki plays an important role in burning excess fat. It effectively detoxifies the body by removing AMA toxins and reduces sudden hunger pangs and a craving for unhealthy dietary choices. It reduces the accumulation of LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol in the body, thereby improving metabolism and helping the body to shed weight faster.

Heals wounds and infections

Its strong anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties used for removing bacteria and germs from the body and also treats wounds and improves healing. The bioactive compounds present in this miraculous herb are useful since ancient times to treat various skin issues like sores, ulcers, skin fungus, etc.

Good for hair

It is extremely valuable for its role in improving hair health. It is useful for treating scalp infections like dandruff, itching and hair fall. As a potent constituent in triphala, it cleans the hair follicles, gets rid of dirt and impurities and promotes hair growth. It also strengthens them from the roots, prevents breakage and loss of hair and bestows silky soft smooth hair.

Treats Respiratory Anomalies

It is considered as the ultimate remedy for all sorts of respiratory troubles. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, and anti-asthmatic properties hold high significance in treating various respiratory problems like the common cold, cough and flu, bronchitis, asthma etc. It also thins and loosens accumulation of phlegm from within the chest and nasal cavities and hence eases breathing and helps the body to get rid of mucus. Daily intake of this herb reinforces the lung tissues and augments lung health.

Good for heart

Its extensive heart-healthy properties plays a key role in treating a host of heart ailments. By calming the mind, it relaxes the cardiac system, which is extremely beneficial for patients suffering from arrhythmias and palpitations. It holds high significance in fortifying the heart muscles, lowering cholesterol levels in the blood and preventing lipid build-up, which in turn reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, heart blocks, blood clots, etc

Boosts Immunity

Imbued with a wealth of antioxidants and Vitamin C, It is an absolute remedy for improving the immune system, fighting microbes and shielding the body against various infections. It also inherently portrays the presence of strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties, which is extremely effective in preventing infections. It also facilitates wound healing by promoting tissue regeneration. 


Haritaki is a magical remedy that holds high significance in treating countless health problems including indigestion, gastritis, lung disease, obesity, impotence, cough, cold, asthma, vision defects, urinary tract infections and hair, and skin problems. Available in various forms, the dried powder or fruit can be ingested in different seasons by using different additives.