My own discovery of Haritaki goes back several years. I was at the ashram of Paramahamsa Nithyananda in the small town of Bidadi near Bangalore, India. Nithyananda had just been appointed as the next head of the oldest monastery in South India, in the town of Madurai. He had used Haritaki as a child, growing up in his native village, but had not used it extensively since then. While in Madurai, Nithyananda found that the monastery had been using Haritaki for over 1500 years as a spiritual practice. It was recognized within the organization as highly important for the continued spiritual growth of the leadership of the monastery. When Nithyananda began using once again Haritaki on a daily basis, and observing others who had been taking it for some time, he saw remarkable results. He observed that his level of oxygen flowing into the brain was increasing, and saw that it reached to the level of three times the normal flow. He had never witnessed this with the use of any other herbal or fruit product. The other effects he observed were a re-wiring of the brain. He observed that neural networks that were connecting negative emotions and memories of negative events were becoming weaker with Haritaki. This is obviously a massive benefit. Typically, psychologists and brain researchers say that we have 90% of negative thoughts running through our brains on any given day. When this mind noise is reduced we become much more able to process thoughts that are creative and proactive. Not only does this positively affect our day to day functioning; ability to do tasks, and our overall happiness, it releases brain capacity to be used for other functions.
A systematic review from 2016 examined the preclinical and small human trials that have been conducted with certain commercially available strains of probiotic bacteria and found that among those tested, Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillusgenera (B. longum, B. breve, B. infantis, L. helveticus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, and L. casei), had the most potential to be useful for certain central nervous system disorders.
This blog only gives a simple sketch of haritaki—this is by no means comprehensive. We would very much enjoy whiling away the rest of the day discussing the many other qualities, actions, and mysteries of this super fruit, but discussing an herb only goes so far—haritaki can teach you far better than we ever could. Try it for yourself and witness the abundant benefits unfold in your own body-mind. How will you incorporate “the king of medicine” into your life? What will “the divine fruit” teach you?
This pineal gland is activated by light, and it controls the various bio-rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which directs the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process. When it awakens, one feels a pressure at the base of the brain. To activate the ‘third eye’ is to raise one’s frequency and moving into higher consciousness – all is a consciousness experience perceived through the Eye of Time or Third Eye.
Corticosterone levels: Based on animal study, oral administration of Triphala (a combination of Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellerica, and Emblica officinalis), at a dose of 1g/kg for 48 days, may prevent increases in corticosterone levels induced by cold stress (8°C for 16 hours per day for 15 days) in albino rats (5). The same dose may prevent increases in corticosterone levels induced by noise stress (100dB for four hours per day for 15 days) (56).
In Brang-ti-pa, a Tibetan literature as quoted in Shel phreng, the variety Rnam par rgyal ba (Vijaya) is characterized by closed lips and a fine neck, Gser mdog (Knaka Varna) is of golden color, round shaped, and contains five or eight ridges (Wrinkles). Sa Chen (Mamsala) is fleshy. Bigs byed (Vindkya) is black and stoneless, and Snung (Suksma) has many wrinkles.
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.
And, of course, haritaki is in triphala. Everything that haritaki brings on its own to support health in the body-mind, it brings to triphala, and these actions are compounded by the other two “musketeers,” amalaki and bibhitaki. These three herbs work synergistically to support natural internal cleansing, support agni and the absorption of nutrients, and to bring deep nourishment and rejuvenation to the whole body. No wonder triphala is easily the most beloved formula in Ayurveda!
What Wikipedia fails to mention is the extraordinary of Haritaki that I have pointed out in the top part of this description. The records indicate that Haritaki was being used over 7,000 years ago for a number of medical purposes. In the Ayurvedic system it is mixed with many other herbs for different health results.it is used as a powder, it is used as a topical application to the skin. It has been tested and found the have antibacterial properties.
Like with most things, finding a “remedy” for something that is not quite so straight forward isn’t the answer. The search for a “remedy” in itself is a train of thought that is lazy, mechanistic, and not one in line with the specific goal here. However, what is required is dedication, time, and work. I will be implementing some of these proposed remedies as part of my upcoming fast along with beginning a regular practice of meditation and chanting… not specifically as a “cure-all,” but rather as an opportunity to take the energy my body normally uses for digestion and redirect it toward healing and development in order to reaffirm my intent for the future.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. This chronic disease is caused due to inflammation of the joints in the spine and usually affects young men. It causes the vertebrae to grow or fuse together, causing a rigid spine. Actually, it affects the discs in between the vertebral column. These discs get swollen, causing a limitation of spine motility. It is an autoimmune disorder and its symptoms are lower back pain and stiffness, which usually moves to the legs.
Haritaki is a powerful detoxifier and digestive aide in Ayurvedic medicine. Although the benefits of the Haritaki herb extend throughout the body, it principally acts on the colon and lower digestive tract. Haritaki is a cleansing ayurvedic herb that can provide remarkable benefits to different types of digestive ailments. Depending upon dosage, Haritaki can relieve diarrhea or constipation as its cleansing and clearing actions remove accumulated matter from the lower intestines and colon which stimulates the final digestive process and improves nutrient absorption and stool quality. Consequently, Haritaki greatly supports the detoxification of the entire body by cleansing the lower digestive tract. This Haritaki is 100% USDA Certified Organic free of any animal products. As with all our products at Gopala Organic, this Haritaki was grown with care and love at our jungle farm in Karnataka, India.
Haritaki has been researched for ingredients that are helpful in the treatment of various illnesses, to verify the uses that have been ascribed to it by Ayurveda doctors.The list of ingredients is extensive. Many of these ingredients are recognized as having healing properties including: anticancer,antibacterial, anti-diabetic, and antioxidant properties.
These bacteria cause us to be healthy or unhealthy. Research has indicated that when we change the bacterial composition in us we then change our health. We know that haritaki is amazing at eliminating bacteria that is harmful to us, and fostering bacteria that is helpful to us. Looking at the effects of haritaki through this lens we see how potent it can be for massive transformation of our bodies, as Paramahamsa Nithyananda discusses with us regularly.
Thanks for your comments. I gleaned the material of the article from what are to me ‘native’ sources — books and journals in Bengali and Hindi. That chebulic myrobalan also helps in cervical spondylitis is a new piece of information for me. Thank you! I have seen people slowly chewing a single dried fruit after meals and that helps. I have tried it and it has a bitter/astringent taste which most people may not like. If you can procure the dried fruit, just wash it and keep a piece of fruit in your mouth after meals. The hard seed inside the fruit may not be chewable but you’ll find that the wrinkled outer flesh and skin may be consumed. A convenient way to take chebulic myrobalan, and what I follow, is to have a teaspoonful of Triphala powder with water after dinner. TRIPHALA (literally ‘three fruits’) is an Ayurvedic formula that is commercially produced and one of its constituents is chebulic myrobalan. It has many health benefits and I hope you will be able to find it where you live. I have checked and it appears that Triphala powder can be found at many online retailers. Wish you all the best.
Please listen, there are certain Ayurvedic products more powerful in your system. They will work, they will act, more powerfully in your system, if they get in through your skin than orally taking. The turmeric, in all the Indian cooking, turmeric is used, whether it is Sambhar or Poriyal, everywhere turmeric is used. Orally taken turmeric will only heal the ulcers of the intestine, but the turmeric rubbed on the skin only will be the antidote for fluoride. Please understand, if the turmeric is taken orally, it will not clean fluoride in your system, it will heal the ulcer in your stomach. It will help the digestion. It will completely remove acidity, gastric, all these problems.
To give you an idea of medicinal potency, here is a non-definitive list of the active compounds found in Haritaki – Tannic acid (universal detoxifier) gallic acid (anti-viral) chebulinic acid (an ellagitannin), stearic acid (long-chain fatty acid) behenic acid (great for skin) oleic acid (lowers blood pressure and generates brain myelin) sennoside (constipation relief) arachidic acid (immune response) and linoleic acid (Omega 3).
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula Retz., Family: Combretaceae) possesses a great therapeutic value and is widely distributed in India, up to an altitude of 1500 m. Though Terminalia chebula Retz is the only botanical source of Haritaki, the uses of its varieties along with their sources, identifying features and therapeutic uses are described in Ayurvedic classics and other medical literature. In the present study, a detailed review has been carried out on different varieties of Haritaki.
Haritaki’s exalted status is reinforced by its connection to the Medicine Buddha, who is often depicted holding haritaki fruit6 or a flowering branch of the haritaki tree.7 This placement speaks volumes to the veneration of haritaki by Tibetan healers. To some, this correlation goes even deeper, seeing the very presence of haritaki as a reflection of the Buddha’s nature, as one doctor has written: “Myrobalan (haritaki)[…]underlines the nature of the Buddha of Healing.”8 Knowing this correlation, it is not surprising to learn that haritaki plays a central role in Tibetan medicine, and in fact, haritaki is called “the king of medicine.” As “the king,” it is present in almost all Tibetan herbal formulas!9 This certainly isn’t out of convenience, as haritaki does not grow in Tibet and needs to be imported.10
H. Pylori is a bacteria that can lead to stomach ulcers and in some people eventually stomach cancer. Haritaki has been shown to suppress the H. Pylori bacteria and also stimulate the production of stomach mucus which helps to fight off the type of gastric ulcers associated with the H. Pylori bacteria. Digestive, stomach and colon-related issues can be resolved using Haritaki.
4.0 mg of methanol extract, dissolved in ethanol, was loaded onto the Sephadex LH 20 column (GE healthcare) (30×4 cm with i.d. 2 cm) and fractionation was conducted by successive elution of sample with increasing concentration of methanol (0, 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 and 100%) in ethanol (100 ml of each solvent). Individual fractions (F1–F7) were dried at 30°C and re-suspended in 1 ml of methanol. Phytochemical analysis of the fractions was done for the presence of terpenoides, flavonoids, saponins, tannins and alkaloids . The fraction that inhibited the production of violacein pigment in biosensor CVO26  was used for further work.
Haritake is 1 of the 3 components of Triphala and is known to soothe the lower bowels and tonify the colon. Recommended by Dr. JV Hebbar along with caster oil capsules, I'm finding the excess Vata to be settling down (yea!). Haritake helps to resolve constipation and with all ayurveda, slow and steady is the advice. I'm in it for the long haul, and I'm delighted with the price and quality. Gopala Organic delivered on-time and included a little gift sample of some ayurvedic soap, incense & tulsi tea. Love those guys!!
Gopala is a pioneer in purely organic ayurvedic supplements, herbs, and oils. We promote healthy foods and nutritional products, and despite utilizing the benefits of modern science and technology, we train a strict eye on all stages of development and processing to be sure that our products do not suffer contact with any toxic or synthetic chemicals. Since the birth of this project, we have focused on the development of safe and effective remedies that will help people lead richer and healthier lives.
– Avoid all things fluoride: Tap water, cooking with tap water, fluoridated toothpaste, inorganic fruits and vegetables, showers with out filter, red meat, and any sodas and artificial food and drinks. I know how difficult it can be to stick to only organic fruit and vegetable but it is important to start where you are and begin to make those changes where it is possible.
To remove the calcium buildup that we already have so that the pineal gland is decalcified we can use Haritaki as one tool. The research on how to use Haritaki to remove the mercury is at this link here. this research was conducted by the well known doctor, Dr. Mercola. he came up with a few different protocols that are all listed in the link above.