Uses and Benefits of Haritaki (Chebulic Myrobalan)

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014

Haritaki or Chebulic Myrobalan (Terminalia cebula) is a common plant in India. In Ayurveda, Haritaki is said to be the mother of all herbs for its many health benefits. The Haritaki tree can be about 30 metres high. The fruit of the tree is usually harvested between November and March. The fruit has a slightly bitter, astringent taste and has many medicinal properties.

  • The tannin present in the fruit helps in detoxification. It is also used as a laxative. It cures constipation, purifies the digestive system and helps in eliminating the harmful substances produced from metabolism. A small piece of dry Haritaki can be kept in the mouth after meals.Scan10836
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    Some of the uses and benefits of Haritaki or Chebulic Myrobalan:
  • The gallic acid present in Haritaki kills the E. Coli bacteria in the intestine. It prevents stomach infection, kills worms and boosts the activities of the liver and the spleen.
  • The chebulic and neo-chebulic acid present in the fruits of Haritaki plant act as anti-oxidants. It prevents toxicity of the liver caused as a side-effect of some medicines.
Fruits of the Haritaki Plant

Fruits of the Haritaki Plant

    • The chebulic acid increases the production of insulin from the pancreas and thus lowers blood sugar. This is why Haritaki is used for the treatment of diabetes.
    • A 10% solution of Haritaki can be used as a mouth wash.
    • Haritaki prevents the increase of H. Pylori bacteria in the intestine.
    • Haritaki is an effective anti-oxidant and eliminates harmful free radicals from the body.

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    • Haritaki increases the strength of the heart muscles and is effective in preventing the accumulation of fat in the coronary artery. It also plays a role in keeping blood pressure under control.
    • For those with enlarged livers, there is an increased risk of contracting hepatitis and jaundice. For such people regular consumption of Haritaki would decrease the risk of such infections.


    • Haritaki is helpful for tackling obesity. It cleanses the stomach, aids in the digestion, assimilation and metabolism of food in the stomach and increases the metabolic rate of the body. Haritaki thus helps in increasing the energy expenditure of the body. By boosting the secretion of bile, Haritaki helps in the mobilization of the stored fat in the body. It also keeps the appetite under control. For those who have successfully reduced their weight by diet and exercise, consumption of Haritaki helps them to keep to their ideal weight.
    • Haritaki helps in the production and elimination of urine from the body. Thus, it helps in reducing the risk of urinary tract infection.
    • Regular consumption of Haritaki or Chebulic Myrobalan will help in the reduction of skin problems.  Grounded Haritaki, when applied over skin, will help in the cure of acne, sunburns, rashes, eczema etc.

Pen & Water colour sketch of a Haritaki tree

Haritaki Powder


Haritaki is not recommended for those who are allergic to the fruit as well as for women during pregnancies.

Do you have experience of using this wonderful fruit? Please use the Comments section below to let us know.

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An Academic Clairvoyant

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017

The other day I read a report (Harvard talks back to hard work: Professor finds Modi’s election victory like a Bollywood blockbuster) in The Economic Times on the remarks made by Bhaskar Chakravorti, a Tufts University public policy professor, on Narendra Modi’s latest election victory. The report also contained comments about what the author considered a ‘policy failure’, namely demonetisation. The most intriguing comment on the effects of demonetisation that the professor made is, what I would consider, a rash and sweeping statement involving every Indian: “Every person living in India had to experience some form of dislocation or inconvenience.”

Bhaskar Chakravorti must be a clairvoyant, a person gifted with the ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception or how could he know about the experiences of ‘every Indian’? Can he read the mind of others? Ever since the Indian government announced the cancellation of higher denomination banknotes, some ‘intellectuals’, here and abroad, opposed the move that was primarily an attempt by the government to identify people who hoard cash. Why should you hoard cash unless you are dishonest or corrupt? Why, in today’s world, should most of your liquid wealth be in your personal possession rather than in a bank? The most obvious motive of hoarding cash is to hide income and evade the tax net. Indeed, demonetisation should hurt the dishonest and the corrupt the most, those who do not pay tax despite earning a sizeable income, those who do not contribute to nation-building.

Admittedly, such a measure will cause some inconveniences to some people but to say that everyone has faced disruption is a blatant lie. Does a poor Indian need banknotes of Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 on a regular basis? There are villagers in India who have never seen those notes. The lower denomination notes of up to Rs. 100 are adequate for their daily needs. A large section of the urban population, especially the younger generation, would face the least disruption because most of them can efficiently use the digital modes of payment. Yes, there are many Indians who can’t use digital payments, but those who have the most, those who carry large transactions are all well-equipped to do it! Even poorer people like this translator here can do with a little cash!! The government never said that it is aiming to have an entirely cashless economy, which is not possible any way. It was a measure to compel people to do with less cash so the corrupt can’t hoard cash and hide their wealth. I do not know why an honest man, especially those who have some education, would oppose it. But professors from the haloed institutions of the West, some intellectuals here, and many who opposes the central government had only negative things to say about the move. Shall we say that all these critics have some personal (vested?) interest in cash?

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India reels under corruption and nepotism. Would this professor tell us if he has any ideas how to remove those ills? No, they won’t offer us any solution to the problems that this country faces. Only when some positives steps are taken, they would oppose it.

How would a relatively cashless economy restrain corruption, you may ask. The fact is when you do a digital transaction, you always leave a trail and the tax authorities can find it. If you and I exchange millions of rupees several times between us and do business, the government may not have any means to know about it unless we do the transactions through a bank. Professionals –doctors, lawyers — would ask for their fees to be paid in cash. Big purchases are made in cash. Bribes are paid in cash. Recently I visited a local court with someone who came from another country. What she saw at the court premises made her dumbfounded. Every payment needs to be paid in cash because things won’t move if you don’t pay bribes and no one would accept the bribe if you use a credit or a debit card to pay the bribe, would they? I asked a young lawyer, ‘What if I pay your fee using my credit card?’ The young man said, ‘Then your job won’t be done!’ That is the real India!

I don’t know if this Tufts university professor visits India. He needs to go to a government office, a police station or a court in India with a personal errand to understand the meaning of the word ‘inconvenience’! He should then remember that an Indian citizen faces it daily and perhaps feel ashamed to compare that daily harassment with the small ‘inconvenience’ of demonetisation that perturbed him so much.


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