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Benefits of Haritaki And Its Side Effects

Haritaki is also known as 'the king of medicines' and serves remarkable health benefits such as; it prevents hair loss and removes dandruff, helpful in constipation, prevent a cough and cold, removes acnes and ulcers, boost immunity, prevent diabetes, helps in weight loss, fight with skin allergies, improves heart conditions.

Benefits of Haritaki And Its Side Effects

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Haritaki
Nutritional Value of Haritaki
Health Benefits of Haritaki
Prevent hair loss and dandruff
Removes acne and ulcer
Helpful in constipation
Fight skin allergies
Prevents cough and cold
Prevent diabetes
Helps in weight loss
Boost immunity
Improves heart condition
Uses of Haritaki
Side-Effects & Allergies of Haritaki
Cultivation of Haritaki

Haritaki

haritaki is an ayurvedic herb derived from the seeds of Terminalia Chebula tree. It is a drupe-like fruit, oval in shape with size varying between 2 – 4.5 cm in length and 1.2 – 2.5 cm in breadth having 5 longitudinal ridges. Depending upon its variety, it turns green – blackish in color when ripens. Haritaki fruit tastes sweet, sour, bitter depending upon its types. There are 7 types of Haritaki: Vijaya, Rohini, Putane, Amruta, Abhaya, Jivanti, Chetak.

Nutritional Value of Haritaki

Haritaki consists of ingredients which are recognized to have healing properties including anticancer, antibacterial, antidiabetic and anti-oxidant properties. Haritaki is very nutritious containing essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It is a source of vitamin C, manganese, selenian, potassium, iron and copper. It also contains plant chemicals like – tannic acid, gallic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and behenic acid.

Health Benefits of Haritaki

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Haritaki
Health Benefits of Haritaki

Prevent hair loss and dandruff

Haritaki proves to be very useful for hair loss in the form of Haritaki herbal oil, which can be prepared by heating a cup of coconut oil in a pan with 3 pods of Haritaki till it turns brown and the outer shell cracks and allowed to cool. This oil also prevents Dandruff and lice infections.

Removes acne and ulcer

Haritaki has antibacterial properties which make it very effective for treating acne and ulcers. Take haritaki powder and boiled water, make a paste and apply it on acne and ulcer spotted skin.

Helpful in constipation

Haritaki is a natural laxative and contains dietary fibers, which fights constipation. During constipation, one should take haritaki in the form of powder with water. To prepare a Haritaki powder, take haritaki fruit, remove the seed and sundry the pill, then take the peel and grind it.

Fight skin allergies

Haritaki is very useful in fighting with skin allergy. The haritaki paste is the best remedy for such problems. This paste is light green in color and can be made by taking a haritaki fruit and rubbing it on sandal stone with little amount of boiled water. Take the paste and apply on the infected skin.

Prevents cough and cold

Haritaki provides protection from cough and cold. To cure cough and cold, one should take haritaki powder along with honey. It also cures a sore throat and gingivitis.

Prevent diabetes

Haritaki helps in controlling blood sugar levels and decreases insulin sensitivity in the body.

Helps in weight loss

Haritaki helps in removing the toxins from the body and keeps digestive system on track. Haritaki is a natural blood purifier. Haritaki if taken in form of powder regulates hunger, and if combined with balanced diet and exercises leads to weight loss.

Boost immunity

If ghee fried Haritaki powder is taken regularly, then it acts as an immunity booster and increases longevity.

Improves heart condition

As the purity of the blood increases, the heart muscles grow stronger. The clean blood has the effect of stopping the build-up of fat in the artery, especially the coronary artery. When these effects take place, they lead to a reduction in blood pressure, a strong heart, and clear arteries.

Uses of Haritaki

Apart from its medicinal uses, Haritaki has spiritual benefits, such as third eye awakening. It has a unique property of maintaining the balance of three doshas i.e. The air (Vata), the fire (Pitta), the water(Kapha).

Side-Effects & Allergies of Haritaki

The side effects of Haritaki are as follows; elimination of large amounts of built – stool, it leads to system weakening if taken with alcohol, Haritaki is not recommended if one has excessive sexual activity. Not recommended during pregnancy as its use may reduce production of breast milk.

Cultivation of Haritaki

Haritaki are indigenous to Southern Asia. Their distribution ranges from India and Nepal in the North to southwestern China in the east and Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Malaysia in South.

Haritaki trees are grown from seeds. The seeds are sown during Spring in clay and sandy soils. They are best grown in full sunlight and ample amounts of water. These trees cannot tolerate cold temperature below 16°C. Their fruits are harvested while they are green.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am a 33 years old. My job is a field job n m suffering for cold. Not regularly but frequently. Can you pl suggest me Ayurveda treatment for 100% cure.

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Hi lybrate-user welcome to Lybrate You are suffering from allergic cold 1 Avoid taking hot ; sour: spicy: much salty food 2 take vrahat haridra khand 1 tsf bd .3 vyaghri haritaki half tsf bd sitopladi churna 3 gm bd for 1 month.

From 5/6 days my diet is good and heavy but amount of stool during washroom is coming very low my stomach is not getting empty properly.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
U should take food having high fibre like oats,, whole grain,,multigrain etc,,and if it continued then u need homoeopathic treatment

Hello I am a mother of 2 and 11 months child. Before and after my marriage I had a very clear morning stool. I had no constipation or hard bowel routine. In 2014 my child is born in a C Section procedure. After that my struggle started. I am right now suffering from constipation. I hardly have any clear bowl movement, every time my period starts and again during ovulation I go through the same lower abdominal discomfort. Truly if I count in a month only 10 days around I enjoy clear stomach and a free bowl. Kindly suggest me so that I can take a permanent medication.

M.S. (Ayurveda), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
You should Take high Fiber diet Increase fluid intake Do regular exercise Take Haritaki Churna 1 tea spoon after breakfast and dinner. Take Kumari Asav and Drakshasava 4 tsf from each bottle mixed with half cup of luke warm water twice a day after meals. For further follow up please contact through Lybrate.

There is some liquid is coming out of my stomach what toh do? Which disease is this? How can I recover.

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), M.D (Ayu)
Ayurveda,
It may be GERD i.e. Gastro esophagoal reflux disease. There are many reason behind it. According to Ayurveda it may be due to more liquid intake like more water intake, more tea or coffee intake etc. Also it may be due to constipation and improper sleep also. Ayurveda can help you by help of dietetics related guidelines and some medicines like shtavari, Haritaki, triphala.

Am getting fissure like lesions in my ground often? What could be the cause and what can I do to get rid of that?

M.S. (Ayurveda), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Take Hot water Tub Bath and clean the area with Betadine solution and apply Coconut oil. Take Haritaki Churna 1 tsf in night for softening the stool. For further advise please contact through Lybbrate with your detailed symptoms.
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Triphala - 4 Reasons Why It Is So Good For You!

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), M.D (Ayu)
Ayurveda,
Triphala - 4 Reasons Why It Is So Good For You!

If you are not new to Ayurveda and its treatments, then you are sure to know about Triphala; for the concoction has been used in Ayurveda since a very long time. Widely known for its laxative abilities, Triphala offers highly effective remedies and have several medical benefits. If you are curious to know about them, read on for a few facts.

What is Triphala?
The name is etymologically derived from two Sanskrit words 'tri' meaning three and 'phala' signifying fruits. Thus, Triphala is a combination of three fruits which are powdered and ground together. These three fruits are:

  • Embellica officinalis, more commonly referred to as Indian gooseberry or amla.
  • Terminalia chebula or haritaki in Sanskrit is a fruit with nut-like appearance. It is also known as harad.
  • Terminalia bellirica is known as bibhitaki in various languages and vibhidaka in Sanskrit. Many people also refer to the fruit as baheda.

What are its uses?

The powder of Triphala is used for the treatment of many health issues which may range from high blood sugar to weight loss. Moreover, its anti-inflammatory properties help in the treatment of arthritis. It is also endowed with antioxidants which can delay aging. The good news is that the long list of benefits of Triphala doesn't end right here. Some of the commendable advantages of using Triphala include:

  1. Get rid of dark circles: Our daily lifestyle has left us with panda eyes which deteriorates our appearance. You can use Triphala powder as an eyewash and bid farewell to your dark circles as well as puffiness under the eyes. For this purpose, all you have to do is add a little amount of this powder into some water and wash the eyes thoroughly with it.
  2. A brilliant ingredient for rejuvenating skin: If you are looking to have baby soft and supple skin, then you can use Triphala powder which helps in softening, moisturizing and smoothening the skin. This is due to the presence of various antioxidant compounds that fights not only pigmentation but also acne-causing bacteria.
  3. A great stimulator of hair growthIf you have been suffering from thinning of hair or hair fall, then Triphala can help you as well. You may apply Triphala water directly on the hair directly. The emollient properties of Triphala water help in locking the moisture and offer relief, if you are suffering from alopecia.
  4. Effective in reducing digestive issues: Triphala works as a brilliant laxative which can be used in stimulating bowel movements. If you have been suffering from bowel or digestive problems, then you can have a teaspoon of Triphala early morning. It will help in treating bloating, diarrhea and other issues of the stomach.

So, if you are suffering from any of the issues, you can purchase this simple yet effective medicine from your local Ayurveda store.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Unani Therapy - How It Can Help You Treat Diseases?

BHMS, MD - Psychiatry, MD - Homeopathy
Unani Specialist, Delhi
Unani Therapy - How It Can Help You Treat Diseases?

Unani, the system of traditional medicine, has been practiced in India for a long time now. Originated in Greece and pioneered by Hippocrates, it came to India through Arabs and Persians during the 11th century. Even though it has foreign roots, it has been practiced widely and adopted in India.

Core of Unani
The Unani system of medicine believes that disease is a natural process and their symptoms are reactions of the body to the disease. The proper functioning of the body is dependent on seven key factors or Umoor-E-Tabaiya - elements, temperament, humours, organs, vital forces, faculties and functions. Also, it emphasizes the presence of four humours in the body. These are the essential fluids, which the human body obtains from food and constitutes of various hormones and enzymes.

Each of these humours carry a temperament:

  • Blood – Dam: It is hot and moist.
  • Phlegm – Balgham: It is cold and moist.
  • Yellow bile – Safra: It is hot and dry.
  • Black bile – Sauda: It is cold and dry.

A person is considered to be healthy if these four humours and their corresponding temperaments are in a state of mutual equilibrium. Every individual has their own humoural composition, which represents their state of health. An imbalance in the humours leads to diseases and ailments in the body.

Diagnosis of Unani
The balance of the humours and the overall health of the body is assessed through the pulse or nabz, urine and stool. Also the functioning of the entire body and mental health is determined with the help of the pulse, urine and stool.

The Unani Therapy
Unani takes into account the whole personality of the individual and employs the following techniques:

  1. Regimental therapy – It is a special technique that uses detoxification methods to remove waste materials and improve the defence mechanism of the body. Some of the commonly used therapies under this section are as follows:
  2. Venesection – This corrects blood-related problems and relieves high blood pressure.
  3. Cupping – This cleans the skin and gets rid of waste matters
  4. Sweating – Dry or wet fomentation, massage, warm water bath are used to remove waste through the natural process of sweating.
  5. Diuresis – Waste products are excreted through urine and used as cure for certain diseases of heart, liver and lungs.
  6. Turkish bath - Hot or cold bath is taken to eradicate waste and increase nutrition.
  7. Massage – It improves the blood supply and relaxes muscles.

Pharmacotherapy
Important components used in Unani medicine are as follows:
• Hibiscus
• Haritaki
• Saunf
• Ashwagandha
• Almonds
• Kasni or chicory

Diet therapy: Proper monitoring of the diet in accordance with the individual is prescribed. This age-old alternate form of medicine is noteworthy for its remarkable benefits. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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4 Ayurvedic Ways For Proper Bowel Movement!

BAMS, MD, Panchakrma
Ayurveda, Nashik
4 Ayurvedic Ways For Proper Bowel Movement!

Think you may be constipated? For somewhere in the range of, a bowel development each other day is totally ordinary (however, Ayurveda would at present prescribe a few methodologies to expand consistency). For others, only one day without a bowel development is a certain indication of clogging. Likewise with most things in Ayurveda, the setting of every person (and his or her experience of the circumstance) is significantly more critical than any one-size-fits-all meaning of what is healthy or typical.

The Ayurvedic Perspective
As indicated by Ayurveda, blockage happens when vata's cool and dry qualities irritate the colon, repressing its appropriate working. The remedy is to include warmth, oil, and hydration to the framework with a specific end goal to counter the overabundance vata.

In constipation, Ayurveda does vatanuloman. For that, we use Sukumar ghruta, Gandharava hastyadi kashay, Haritaki tab, Triphala tab, Kismis. At night, take much quantity of Desi Ghee in food. By this way, you can remove your constipation.

The accompanying procedures particularly counter vata's cool and dry qualities and can be exceptionally useful in supporting the arrival of ordinary bowel movements.

  1. Drink Lots of Warm or Hot Water and Herbal Tea: Drink no less than 80 ounce of water or natural tea every day. Warm and hot liquids are best since they adjust vata's frosty quality. It's additionally imperative to drink the larger part of these liquids far from dinner, no less than 20 minutes prior, or 1 hour in the wake of eating.
  2. Expand the Quantity of Organic Oils in Your Diet: Top notch oils grease up the tissues so that a fitting measure of oil or fat can stay in the stool. While most oils are for the most part steady, the best oils for vata are sesame oil, ghee and olive oil.
  3. Eat Plenty of Fruit: Natural product is hydrating, sinewy and for the most part assuaging to vata. Particularly strong decisions incorporate ready bananas, peeled apples, drenched raisins, doused prunes, and peaches. Be certain to eat the organic product no less than one hour before or after different sustenance and bite them altogether to get the most extreme advantage.
  4. Drink Some Fruit Juice: Pineapple squeeze and prune juice are especially viable at moving abundance vata in the colon. It is likewise fine to warm or weaken natural product juices with water. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.

Ayurveda gives you proper solution for constipated bowel - these are in two ways first one by medicines that is 

(1) take twenty kishmis in soaked water  
(2) take hariataki powder one tap in the evening 
(3) take triphala churn one tap in the night 
(4) take markandika churn one tap in the evening

Second way is by cleaning the bowel that is by giving panchakarma treatment basti. It will wash your bowel

Another one is by giving virechana - it also washs your bowel.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hepatitis B & C - Can Ayurveda Help You In Treating It?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Hepatitis B & C - Can Ayurveda Help You In Treating It?

Hepatitis B and C are both viral infections of the liver caused by Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) virus respectively. Though the viral infections mostly affect children, adults are equally susceptible, if not more. The condition, if left untreated can have serious consequences on the liver (liver damage, scarring, liver cirrhosis and even cancer).

The symptoms for hepatitis B and C are almost similar and include:

  • Abdominal or belly pain.
  • Jaundice is one of the common and most important symptoms or medical condition associated with hepatitis B and C. The infection often interferes with the ability of the liver to filter out the bile pigment, bilirubin (the breakdown product of hemoglobin).
  • Extreme tiredness and exhaustion.
  • Nausea, loss of appetite.
  • There may be a fever and vomiting in case of hepatitis B.

In both hepatitis B and C, the infection causing virus can spread through

  • Unprotected sex.
  • From the affected person (through their blood, body fluids or open sores).
  • Use of infected needles and syringes.
  • In the case of hepatitis C, the virus can also spread from the pregnant women to her child.

Though conventional medications and treatments are available, many people go for the Ayurvedic treatments instead. Ayurveda adopts a holistic approach in treating the ailment or disease. The treatment is 100% natural and thus, have negligible or no side effects at all. The Ayurvedic treatment may be time-consuming, but it treats the condition from the base (it works towards identifying and eliminating the very underlying factor responsible for the ailment). The approach is similar in the case of hepatitis B and C. In addition to treating hepatitis, the medications also bring about a remarkable improvement in the associated symptoms (like jaundice, fatigue and nausea).

Some of the Ayurvedic medicines used to treat hepatitis B include

  1. Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus Niruri): Bhumi Amla can be used to treat Hepatitis B and the associated symptoms successfully. The medicine lowers the bilirubin level in the blood, thus providing relief from jaundice (one of the characteristic symptoms of Hepatitis B and C). It is also an effective medicine to deal with liver failure or liver problems.
  2. Echinacea (Andrographis): The medicine has anti microbial properties and, thus, checks and prevents the growth of the HBV (Hepatitis B Virus). It also enhances the overall functioning of a person's immune system (immune booster).
  3. Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna): People with Hepatitis B can benefit immensely from this medicine. Like Echinacea, Arjuna is also known to be an immune booster.
  4. Kaasni: The medicine is used to treat hepatitis B and liver problems. Kaasni is also an excellent blood purifier.

The ayurvedic medicine for Hepatitis C include

  1. Kalmegh (Andrographis Paniculata): The medicine comes as a relief for people with hepatitis C and liver problems. The anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties of Kalmegh further enhances its effectiveness.
  2. Guduchi (AMBROSIA), Haritaki (TERMINALIA CHELUBA), CURCUMA LONGA are few other Ayurvedic medicines that are equally effective in treating Hepatitis C. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!
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The Ayurvedic Way To Manage Weight!

MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi
The Ayurvedic Way To Manage Weight!

A drastic change in the life style habits and this modern world people face many health issues in their daily life. Obesity is one of the major health issues that most people are affected with.

Obesity or being overweight is a condition characterized by excessive storage of fat in the body. When the body's calorie intake exceeds the amount of calories burned, it leads to the storage of excess calories in the form of body fat. Increased body fat puts a person at risk for many critical conditions such as heart disease, liver damage, diabetes, arthritis and Kidney problems.

The most common cause of obesity is a lack of physical activity, intake of excessive carbohydrates, fatty and junk food items. It might be even due to pathological or hereditary cause. Ayurveda gives many natural home remedy measures to reduces the body weight and to get rid of obesity.

Ayurvedic View

In Ayurveda, obesity is known as Medarog, which is caused by the aggravation of Kapha. Kapha is an Ayurvedic humor which is dense, heavy, slow, sticky, wet and cold in nature. It governs all structure and lubrication in the mind and body apart from controlling weight and formation of all the seven tissues - nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues.

The Ayurvedic line of management begins with the pacification of Kapha Dosha. This can be done by eliminating Kapha-aggravating foods from the diet. Next, the focus is on cleaning of the Medovahi channels through cleansing herbs so that excess weight can be reduced.

Ginger (Zingiber Officinale), Salacia Reticulata (Kotahla Himbutu), Garcina cambogia (Vrikshamla), Commiphora Mukul Resin (Guggul) and Nigella Sativa are the commonly used Ayurvedic medicines to cure obesity.

Natural Ayurvedic home remedies for managing weight

  1. Lemon juice and honey: The best and simple way to reduces weight is drinking one cup of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey in empty stomach.
  2. Triphala powder: Mixing two teaspoon of triphala powders a natural herb easily available at homes with 500ml of water and allow it to boil for 5 mins. Strain the liquid and drink it regularly to burn the excessive fat stored in the body.
  3. Make cabbage as your best friend: Take one cup of cabbage daily. Cabbage contains tartaric acid and this helps to convert the sugar and other carbohydrates into fat.
  4. Vyaayaama: Simple exercises are also much essential to be done alone with other remedial measures to reduce the body weight
  5. Avoid Sugar: Avoid white sugar and starch from diet. Prefer brown rice and other cereals in the diet.
  6. Control your excessive eating habit: excessive eating of junk and fast foods is the most important cause of obesity. This should be avoided and learn to eat healthy and right food at regular interval. Have only three meals per day. Diet controlling does not mean fasting so it is best advised to have small meal at regular interval.
  7. Herbs: Herbs like Bibhitaka (Terminalia belericia), amla (Emblica officinalis), Guggul , Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) are effective for reducing the body weight.

There are many other naturally occurring items that feature prominently in managing obesity with Ayurveda. The key aspect to understand here is that Ayurveda stresses on the natural and easy ways in which one can lose weight without having to undergo mental or physical stress and strain.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Haritaki
Nutritional Value of Haritaki
Health Benefits of Haritaki
Prevent hair loss and dandruff
Removes acne and ulcer
Helpful in constipation
Fight skin allergies
Prevents cough and cold
Prevent diabetes
Helps in weight loss
Boost immunity
Improves heart condition
Uses of Haritaki
Side-Effects & Allergies of Haritaki
Cultivation of Haritaki