Jagatheesh is passionate about learning alternative medicines and herbs mentioned in Siddha medicines.
Terminalia chebula, also known as yellow myrobalan, is a South Asian deciduous tree. The fruit of the tree, also known as Haritaki, is an important Siddha medicine used to treat a variety of diseases. It's a common ingredient in traditional Indian and Iranian medicines. Haritaki, according to Tirumoolar, a Tamil Siddha, is a miraculous ingredient that keeps you young. Nowadays, alternative medicines are making a comeback in the treatment of various diseases, and Haritaki plays an important role in the natural healing of disorders.
1. Anti Microbial Activity
The Earth is home to a plethora of microbes that cause infectious diseases and the flu. Microbes include unicellular organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. In developing countries, infectious diseases account for one in every two deaths.
According to a study published in an Ayurvedic journal, Haritaki is effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria such as Bacillus Subtilis and Salmonella typhi. Haritaki's antibacterial compounds, such as gallic acid and ethyl ester, are effective against Helicobactor Pylori, the causative agent of gastritis. The same study demonstrates Haritaki's efficacy in treating various viruses.
Animal studies show that Haritaki seed extracts are effective against fungus and protozoa. It also demonstrates the efficacy of Haritaki extracts in combating the Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome Virus. This amazing plant's acetone extract has emerged as a treatment option for the influenza A virus.
2. Aids Digestive Disorders
The digestive system is a group of organs that digest food and absorb nutrients that are necessary for human health. This "second brain" is a complex set of organs that operate independently of the brain and spinal cord. As a result, maintaining a healthy gut is critical for leading an active lifestyle. However, an unhealthy lifestyle, poor eating habits, stress, and microorganism infection impair the digestive system's effectiveness. Over 40% of people worldwide suffer from some kind of digestive system disorder.
The sour taste, according to Siddhas, can stimulate digestion, so it is widely used to treat stomach issues. Haritaki is an important component of Siddha medicine for treating stomach disorders. Haritaki, in the proper dosage, can remove toxins from the body and strengthen the stomach, colon, liver, and spleen, all of which are necessary for a healthy digestive system. It reduces nausea and diarrhea while increasing stomach retention and appetite.
Haritaki powder has a mild laxative effect as well as dietary fiber, which can help with constipation by reducing flatulence. It is extremely effective in the treatment of stomach acidity and peptic ulcers. It eliminates undigested food and toxins from gastrointestinal tracts, resulting in a healthy digestive system.
3. Immune Boosting
The immune system is a complicated network of cells that work together to protect humans from infections. To function properly, an immune system must detect and distinguish a wide range of agents known as pathogens, ranging from viruses to parasitic worms, from the organism's own healthy tissue. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is required for cell growth, development, and repair. It plays an important role in immune system boosting. Haritaki contains vitamins C, magnesium, potassium, iron, and copper, all of which are necessary for a healthy immune system.
According to a 2018 study, the fruit of Haritaki contains antioxidants that help protect cells from free radical damage. Haritaki contains Chebulic acid, which has an antioxidant effect and exhibits free radical scavenging activity, reducing cell damage. Haritaki seeds also contain Terflavin B, which is used to treat cancer and HIV.
4. Manages Diabetes
According to the 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, the global prevalence of diabetes has risen to 34 million. It is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, and heart disease. Ayurvedic foods with sour and bitter flavors, when consumed on a regular basis, can prevent diabetes, even in people with a genetic history. Animal studies show that Haritaki extract effectively lowers glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients.
Consuming Haritaki on a regular basis activates the production of ß pancreatic cells. As a result, it will aid in the relief of diabetes-related symptoms such as frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, and so on. It also aids in the reduction of starch breakdown into glucose, which regulates insulin secretion and leads to low blood glucose levels. However, more research into the effects of Haritaki on humans is required.
5. Skin and Hair Care
Excess oil production and microbes that cause inflammation in the face, shoulders, and back are the primary causes of acne. Acne affects between 40 and 50 million people worldwide each year. A paste made from haritaki powder is an effective treatment for acne and skin ulcers. Haritaki's anti-microbial properties fight acne effectively and provide better results. Haritaki paste also aids in the treatment of skin allergies.
When it comes to hair care, dandruff is a major source of concern. The global anti-dandruff shampoo market is expected to be worth $300 million by 2029. The fungus is a major contributor to dandruff. Haritaki's antifungal properties keep dandruff and lice at bay. Haritaki herbal oil combined with coconut oil is effective in treating dandruff and hair loss.
This article is based on the author's personal experience with haritaki, which he takes on a regular basis. Practitioners of Siddha medicine have been consulted for further clarification. Before using Haritaki, consult your personal physician.
Haritaki should not be used without consulting a doctor by pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, people with medical conditions, or those taking medications.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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