Terminalia chebula is a medicinal tree that grows throughout the Middle East, India, China and Thailand. This plant is known as “Haritaki” in Ayurveda, where the small, green fruit of the Terminalia chebula tree is used as medicine. It is a dry, warm, slightly sweet, bitter and astringent herb. Haritaki is held in high esteem in Ayurveda and often referred to as the “king of medicines”. Along with Giloy and Garlic, Haritaki is one of the 3 nectars of Ayurveda. Haritaki contains phytochemicals such as terpenes, polyphenols, anthocyanins and flavonoids, and is rich in tannin. It contains 18 amino acids, 12 fatty acids and small amounts of fructose, polyphenols and phosphoric acids.
Haritaki is more of cleansing, moisture absorbing, weight reducing in nature. It has great reputation in Ayurvedic medicine for its supportive effect in indigestion. Harde has an ability to help retrieve the normal digestion back and to maintain the balance of all three dosha. It is widely employed in Ayurvedic practice as a gentle laxative, blood purifier and digestive aid. It supports the regulation of the Digestive System.