Health benefits of Haritaki or Inknut

This fruit is not much common in western countries but in Asian countries, it is a highly popular fruit which has maximum medicinal value. Its botanical name is Terminalia chebula Retz. & Willd. It belongs to Combretaceae family. It's commonly known as Inknut in English. Haritaki is considered as most useful herbal medicine to cure many types of diseases. Haritaki Trees are found in the forests of India, particularly in the northern region. Its Fruits, Roots, and bark of this tree is used to prepare herbal medicines. It looks round to oval in shape and greenish in color when it gets ripen it turns into blackish. It's generally sour, sweet, bitter and astringent depend upon its type. It's popularly known as “Hilikha” in The Assamese language in India . Haritaki has been considered as very highly used fruits from ancient times by traditional healers and it is  popularly known the mother of herbs. It is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and it is also one of the three ingredients of the popular ayurvedic herb  Triphala which by itself signifies its importance in Ayurvedic medicine.Haritaki is described as the ‘removal of diseases’.

Chemical Composition-

It contains astringent substances  like - gallic acid, tannic acid, Chebulinic acid,etc .Also resin and a purgative principle of the nature of anthraquinone and sennoside  present in Inknut.

Health benefits of Haritaki:


1.Prevent hair loss:

It's very useful herb for preventing hair loss. It comes in the form of herbal oil. It also removes dandruff and kills lice. Hair loss  makes you depressed , so use it regularly.

2.Weight loss: 

It helps you reducing your weight. It helps to reduce excessive fats from the body. It keeps your digestive system strong and also removes all the toxins out from the body.It helps in acidifying and bloating thus promote digestion.It also helps in regulating hunger, therefore helps in weight management.It also helps in distention and parasitic infections. It is also a natural blood purifier. It helps to pass the gas naturally from the stomach, thereby imparting a comfortable feeling.

3. Prevent Diabetes:

 It’s a very useful herbal medicine to keep yourself away from diabetes.It helps in regulating blood sugar level in the body. The most important aspect is it doesn’t have any side effect.It helps in regulating blood  sugar level  .Every morning and evening consume 1 teaspoon of Haritaki powder with a little honey. Constant intake of Haritaki helps to control diabetes

4.Immunity Booster :
This fruit helps in boosting your immunity system. Which is our defense system and it helps in making our body strong and infection free.

5. Help in constipation :

It is very useful for treating constipation.This fruit  is a natural laxative. It's rich in fiber, which helps in bowel movement. Haritaki Powder does the cleansing action very smoothly. It can be taken for a long time without any ill effects.

Some other health benefits of haritaki

1.Haritaki powder  is used along with ghee and honey for the treatment of anemia.

2.Antibacterial properties present in Haritaki are very effective for treating acne and ulcers.

3. This fruit is used for fighting many diseases like leprosy, narcosis, diarrhea and anorexia etc..

4. In the case of conjunctivitis, it paste gives reliefs from pain.

5. ‘Triphala’ that is used for hair wash, brush teeth in pyorrhea and treat bleeding gums.

6.  It is used for curing  nervous weakness.

7.  They are also used in the treatments of vaginal discharges such as licorice and urethral discharges such As spermatorrhea for their anti-inflammatory and astringent.

8.  It treats skin allergies in the ears and nose caused by earrings and nose ring.

9. When  Haritaki  powder mixed with honey will treat a cough and cold effectively.

10.It also improves the function of the urinary system.

11. Haritaki helps in maintaining body temperature, it is also  used to regulate blood pressure .

12. It is a good herb for persons suffering from excessive gas in intestine i.e. flatulence.

13.  Its Powder is used as a tooth powder to strengthen the gums.

14. Haritaki  enhances the longevity of a personand boost energy .

15 . It is also used in case  of vomiting . 

16. Haritaki  is also used in the treatment of Gout . 

17. Its powder used in  the treatment of Jaundice .