Harítakí, Hardh, Har, Myrobalan, Indian Gall Nut,Terminalia chebula Retz


Sanskrit: Harítakí


Hindi: Hardh, Har

English: Myrobalan, Indian Gall Nut

Latin: Terminalia chebula Retz., (T. reticulata) Part Used: Fruit

Habitat: Tree grows wild in the forests of North- ern India, central provinces, Ben- gal, Madras, Mysore, southern Bombay presi- dency

Energetics:  All except salty-hot- sweet VPK= Tissues: All

Systems: Diges- tive,   excretor y, nervous, respira-

tory, female reproductive

Action: Rejuvenative, tonic, astringent, laxative, nervine, expectorant, anthelmintic, alterative (un- ripe—laxative/ripe—astringent)

Uses: Jaundice, colic, anemia, cough, asthma, hoarse voice, hiccup, vomiting, hemorrhoids, di- arrhea, malabsorption, abdominal distention, gas, fevers, urinary diseases parasitic infection, tumors, blood purifier, spleen and liver disorders; gargle for sore throat, mouth, or spongy, ulcerated gums; muscular rheumatism, with sugar water for oph- thalmia; heart, skin, itching, edema, nervous dis- orders, rejuvenative, feeds the brain and nerves; small doses—good for both diarrhea and consti- pation (also chronic); digestion, atonic indigestion, bleeding hemorrhoids, longevity, paralysis, head- ache, epilepsy, melancholy, memory, wisdom, in- telligence, organ prolapse, excessive discharges (cough, sweat, sperm, menorrhagia, leukorrhea); one of the three herbs in triphalá. Externally for Váyu swellings, burns, scalds, skin disorders. Spiritual Uses: Gives pure awareness (£hiva en- ergy)

Preparation: Decoction, powder, paste, gargle Precaution: Pregnancy, dehydration, severe exhaus- tion, emaciation, Pitta if taken in excess

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