Haritaki Frequently Asked Questions
Here, we’ll answer questions about Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) extract. If you have more questions, reach out
Do you sell Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)?
Yes! You can order Haritaki from our online store
Is Terminalia chebula called Haritaki?
Yes! Terminalia chebula also goes by the names Haritaki and Myrobalan. It’s often referred to as the King of Medicines.
Other less common names include Abhaya, Alalekaayi, Ammai, Amutam,
Aralu terminalia, Black Myrobalan, Chebulic Myroblan, Chebulic Myrobalan, Chieu Lieu Xanh, Halela,
Horitaki, Ink Nut, Kadukki, Karakkaya, Katukka,
Myroblan, Ordo, Pathya, Sa Mao Tchet, Shilikha,
Somz Moox Kh’ook, Varikkai, and Zhang–Qin–Ge.
What are the health benefits of Haritaki?
The main uses are in support of digestive health and joint health. Preparations are also used as a cardiotonic. Therapeutic uses
include strengthening and nourishing the joint tissues and supporting the proper function of the colon, lungs, liver, and spleen. Highly revered in India, it’s believed to increase energy, intelligence, and awareness.
Haritaki therapeutic uses include removing toxins and reducing hypertension. It’s rich in vitamin C and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Other properties
include antiarthritic, antibacterial, anticaries, anticholinerterase, antidiabetic, antifungal, cardioprotective, cytoprotective, hepatoprotective, immunomodulatory, nephroprotective, and prokinetic.
What are other health benefits of Haritaki?
Haritaki interacts with the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, renal, and integumentary body systems. Today, it’s generally recognized that it supports a healthy lifestyle approach related to issues with cardiovascular disease, immunity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, psychological stress, and neurocognition.
There is good reason to believe that a lifestyle-related approach to optimal health will benefit from support with Haritaki as a health supplement. Learn more about its health benefits here
How did you choose your Haritaki supplier?
The plants can be found in India, Myanmar, and Bangladesh, as well as in Iran, Egypt, Turkey, and China. In India, it’s well accepted that different growing regions produce fruits with varying properties and qualities. At Linden Botanicals, we prefer the Vijaya
variety. We source our Haritaki from the Vindhya Range
For each of the products we sell, company owner Michael Van der Linden
and members of our team do substantial research, visit the source, and meet with the collectors and processors personally. We back up our faith in our source and our processors with testing.
Can it help with digestive and intestinal issues?
One main traditional use is to promote healthy digestion and address digestive disorders. In traditional systems, it’s seen as being useful for constipation, irritable bowel system, flatulence, ulcers, vomiting, intermittent fever, kidney stones, and hemorrhoids. It maintains regular elimination, helping to clear accumulated toxins in the gut.
Can it support heart health?
By supporting the removal of the body’s toxins in a natural way and by improving digestion, Terminalia may help boost metabolism, support metabolic syndromes, improve energy, and reduce hypertension, thus helping heart health.
Can it support skin health?
External applications are used on eczema, acne, and small wounds.
Can it help manage stress?
Terminalia is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens help the body combat the effects of stress and enable the body to function normally during traumatic periods. Terminalia helps maintain the balance of the nerves when you’re under stress.
Does it support brain health? Is it a nootropic?
It’s a nootropic
(substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly memory, creativity, and motivation). It’s valued for its healing and rejuvenating powers and believed to increase energy, intelligence, and awareness. In particular, it’s used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and improve learning and memory.
Terminalia has a wide variety of constituents believed to affect cognition. Its has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and is used to help treat Alzheimer’s disease
, the most common form of dementia. It’s also commonly used as a rejuvenator of the mind and a meditation support to increase clarity of thought.
What are the plant’s traditional uses?
A story in the ancient Sanskrit texts says that Indra, the King of Heaven, let a drop of nectar fall to earth. Where it landed, the Haritaki tree came to life. Ayurvedic healers have long called Terminalia chebula the “king of all medicines,” believing it can destroy all diseases (roga
in Sanscrit), eliminate all waste from the body, and promote tissue growth and health.
In the vedic tradition, the word roga
is not limited to physical diseases; instead, it extends to all suffering that makes us powerless or out of tune physically, mentally, or spiritually. The belief is that Haritaki enhances the buildup of prana
, a subtle energy that awakens the non-mechanical parts of the brain, making you more capable, sensitive, and intelligent, enabling you to grow in awareness.
A key traditional use of Haritaki in Ayruvedic practice is to support the digestive system. Haritaki has been used to address digestive disorders, irregular fevers, constipation, flatulence, ulcers, vomiting, colic, and hemorrhoids. It may also help with other gastrointestinal ailments such as ascites, enlargement of the liver or spleen, worms, colitis, and food poisoning.
By supporting the natural removal of toxins and improving digestion, Haritaki may help with metabolic syndromes, improve energy, and reduce hypertension, thus supporting heart health.
In Tibetan literature, different parts of the Haritaki
tree have special therapeutic purposes. The roots are used to treat diseases of the bone
, the stem to treat muscle diseases, the bark to treat skin diseases, the branches to treat vascular disorders, the leaves to treat visceral diseases, and the fruit to support vital organs, including the heart.
Can you describe the plant?
Haritaki plants are very large deciduous trees that grow up to 100 feet tall. The branches often form in tiers. They grow in sunny forests and thickets and are often cultivated on village commons.
The Latin name for Haritaki, Terminalia chebula
, refers to the flowers and fruit of the tree that are borne on terminal spikes or panicles. The fruits are five-ridged, ellipsoid drupes
, yellow to orange-brown in color, with a single angled stone. The fruit and the pulp inside the stone are used for medicinal purposes. Botanically, they are in the order Myrtales, family Combretaceae (Indian almond family).
How do I consume Haritaki extract?
Instructions: Add 1/2 teaspoon of concentrate to 8 ounces of water or a cup of juice. Stir until dissolved. Drink 1-2 glasses a day. You can also mix 1/2 teaspoon with 1 teaspoon honey, add the mixture to warm water, and drink it as a tea.
Our team also developed a simple and joint health smoothie recipe
and digestive health smoothie recipe
. These smoothies are blended drinks of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and Haritaki extract that will help you improve your memory while also energizing you and transforming your body from the inside out. Best of all — they taste great!
Does Haritaki have caffeine?
What glycosides, phenolics, polyphenols, and tannins does it include?
First, let’s break it down. Glycosides
are naturally occurring substances in which a carbohydrate portion is combined with a hydroxy compound. Glycosides are often used in the treatment of heart diseases. Phenolics
may work as antioxidants that prevent cellular damage due to free-radical oxidation reactions and promote anti-inflammatory conditions in your body. Polyphenols
are micronutrients packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. Finally, tannins
have anti- carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties.
Haritaki glycosides include chebulosides I and II, arjunglucoside, arjunin, 2Ƚ-hydroxyursolic acid, and 2Ƚ-hydroxymicromiric acid.
Its phenolics include chebulinic acid, ellagic acid, anthraquinones, 2,4 chebulyl-b-D-glucopyranose, luteolin, and tannic acid.
Its polyphenols include corilagin, galloyl glucose, punicalagin, terflavin A, maslinic acid, punicalin, punicalagin, terflavin B, terflavin C, and terflavin D.
Its tannins include gallic acid, chebulagic acid, punicalagin, chebulanin, corilagin, neochebulinic acid, ellagic acid, chebulinic acid, 1,2,3,4,6-penta-O-galloyl-Ⱦ-D-glucose, 1,6-di-o-galloyl-D-glucose, casuarinin, 3,4,6-tri-o-glloyl-D-glucose, and terchebulin.
What if I have more questions about Haritaki?