Terminalia chebula – also known as haritaki, a tree which provides raw material used widely in Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine and has many health benefits. Haritaki means “the one that takes away diseases”. This raw material is a fruit with tannins, triterpenoid glycosides, anthraquinones and flavonoids, among others, rutin and quercetin.
Terminalia Chebula is a traditional remedy for digestive problems by influencing positively digestive processes and intestinal function. Due to the content of tannins, haritaki has an antibacterial effect (among others, on Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella sp. and Staphylococcus aureus) and mild laxative properties and stimulates cleansing processes in the intestines. The raw material reduces constipation, bloating, irritation caused by the presence of parasites and inflammation of the mucosa of the digestive tract.
Haritaki fruits help normalise the lipid profile – contributes to a decrease in levels of total cholesterol, LDL and VDL cholesterol, free fatty acids and triacylglycerols and an increase in levels of cholesterol. Its extracts show also antioxidant activity and support healthy liver function. Along with amla and bibhitaki, haritaki is an ingredient of the popular formulation triphala, an adaptogen which promotes digestive health and helps reduce inflammation.
Formulas from Terminalia chebula may be used effectively in overweight and obesity, digestive problems, lower energy levels, fatigue and to support the body’s immunity.