Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – Uses, Side Effects, Ayurveda Details

Haritaki fruit is one among The three, that constitute Triphala. It is a very famous rejuvenating herb. Its botanical name is Terminalia chebula and it belongs to Combretaceae family.

Hindi name – Harad, Harade
English name – Chebulic Myrobalan
Telugu name – karakkaya
Tamil name – Kadukkai
Gujarathi name – Harade
Arabian name – Haleelaz
Farsi name – Haleel

7 types of Haritaki –
Although Bhavaprakasha has explained seven types of Haritaki, all are the same Terminalia chebula, available in different places. The seven types explained are –

Vijaya – used in all diseases, available in Vindhya mountains
Rohini – fruit is circular in shape – Useful in wound healing – available in place called Pratishtanaka.
Putana – Having small fruits with big seed – used for external application, available in Sindh area.
Amruta – Having thick fruit pulp, useful for Panchakarma (detoxification) , available in Champa, Bhagalpur area.
Abhaya – Having five creases in fruit skin, useful in eye disorders, available in Champa, Bhagalpur area.
Jivanti – Yellow coloured fruit – useful in all diseases, available in Saurashtra region of Gujarath.
Chetaki – Having thre creases in fruit skin, useful for purgation, available in Himachal Pradesh.

Of these seven types, Vijaya variety is considered as best.

Habitat: Haritaki is abundantly found in North India, though it is distributed throughout India upto 5000 feet height.

Harad qualities:
Rasa (taste) –
Five tastes except salt, Astringent dominant
Guna (qualities) – Laghu – lightness, Rooksha – dryness
Vipaka – Madhura – Undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion.
Veerya – Ushna – Hot potency

How to test Haritaki fruit? (harad)
How to take haritaki as per Ayurveda

Chewing the Haritaki fruit causes increase in digestion power.
If it is made into a paste and eaten, it clears and cleanses bowels.
If it is steamed or boiled, it becomes absorbant, useful in malabsorption syndrome.
If it is fried and used, it is useful in Tridosha imbalance conditions.
If Hareetaki is taken after food, it helps to eliminate all the toxic effects due to food poisoning.
If it is taken along with salt, it balances Kapha.
If taken with sugar, it balances Pitta and if taken with ghee, it balances Vata disorders.

Qualities of different parts of Terminalia chebula fruit
Qualities of Haritaki fruit

Hareetaki seed kernel is sweet, the fiber part is sour, fruit rind is bitter, skin is pungent and seed is astringent in nature.
Vranya – it helps to improve skin complexion
Ushna – hot in nature
Sara – promotes bowel movement
Medhya – improves intelligence.
Doshaghna – natural detoxifying
Shothanut – relieves inflammation
Kushtanut – useful in skin diseases
Deepana – improves digestion strength
Chakshushya – good for eyes, improves vision power
Rasayana – anti aging, rejuvenative
Ayushya – improves life expectancy
Bruhmani – nourishing, improves body weight
Anulomani – helps in normalising bowel movements
Shwasahara – useful in Asthma, COPD< wheezing, breathing difficulty
Kasahara – relieves cold and cough
Pramehahara – Useful in diabetes and urinary tract disorders
Arshahara – useful in piles

Use of Haritaki in hemorrhoids – Haritaki helps to ease bowel movement, one of the complications in hemorrhoids. It helps in reducing the pile mass and reducing / stopping the bleeding.
A sitz bath with – 2 tablespoons of Haritaki or Triphala powder, in half a bucket of water, for 10 minutes, before bath, is useful in reducing the swelling and healing.
Kushtahara – Useful in skin diseases
Shothahara – relieves inflammation
Udarahara – useful in ascites
Krimihara – useful in worm infestation

Haritaki (harade) – effect on Tridosha –
Because of sweet, bitter and astringent tastes, it balances Pitta
Because of its pungent, bitter and astringent tastes, it balances Kapha
and because of its sour taste, Terminalia chebula balances Vata.

Harad with cow urine:
पीतं कफोत्थं शमयेत्तु शोफं गव्येन मूत्रेण हरीतकी च||२१|| 
pītaṃ kaphotthaṃ śamayettu śophaṃ gavyena mūtreṇa harītakī ca||21||
In Kaphaja Shotha – Edema, inflammation disorders due to Kapha dosha aggravation, cow urine is administered along with Haritaki. Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 12th chapter

Harad with hot water – 1 – 3 grams of Harad is administered with a cup of hot water to relieve Ama (altered digestion and metabolism) in case of Irritable bowel disease, associated with low digestion strength. – Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 15th chapter.

Ritu Haritaki: Also known as Rutu Haritaki
Ritu Haritaki
Ritu Haritaki

For the purpose of Rasayana (rejuvenation, anti aging),
Haritaki is taken along with different ingredients in different seasons. This regimen is called as Ritu Haritaki. Ritu means seasons.

Varsha Ritu – In rainy season, Harade is given along with Saindhava – Rock Salt.
Sharat Ritu – In Autumn, it is given along with Sharkara – sugar
Hemanta Ritu – In early winter, it is given along with shunti (ginger)
Shishira Ritu – In winter, it is given along with Pippali – Long pepper – Piper longum
Vasanta Ritu – In Spring, it is given along with Madhu (honey)
Greeshma Ritu – in summer, it is given along with Guda (jaggery)

Medicinal uses of Terminalia chebula :
Terminalia chebula uses

Chebulic myrobalan is useful in
Kushta – skin diseases
Gulma – Abdominal tumor, bloating
Udavarta – bloating of abdomen
Shotha – inflammation
Pandu – Anemia, intial stages of liver diseases
Mada – delirium
Arsha – haemorrhoids
Shiroroga – diseases pertaining to head, headache
Atisara – diarrhoea, dysentery
Arochaka – anorexia
Kasa – cough, cold
Prameha – diabetes, urinary tract disorders
Anaha – bloating
Pleeha – splenomegaly
nava Udara – early stages of ascites
Kaphapraseka – increased salivation due to Kapha dosha
Vaisvarya – hoarseness of voice
kaamala – jaundice
Krimi – worm infestation, infection
Shvayathu – oedema, inflammation
Tamaka – asthma
Chardi – vomiting
Klaibya – impotency
Angavasada – bodyache
Srotovibandha – obstruction to body channels, constipation
Pralepa, Hrudayoraso – stiffness of chest, heaviness of chest
Pramoa – delusion and lack of memory and intelligence

Harad for splenomegaly:
For the treatment of splenomegaly (Plihodara), Harad, in a dose of 3 – 5 grams once or twice a day, is administered along with  2- 3 grams of jaggery (Guda). (Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 13)

Haritaki – side effects and contra indications:
Haritaki Side effects

Though Chebulic myrobalan has immense health benefits, due to its astringent and hot nature, it is contra indicated in a few cases.
Haritaki is best avoided in
Adhva Ati Khinna – people who have walked for very long and who are tired,
Balavarjita – Who have depleted immunity and strength
Rooksha (dry) – Who are feeling dry and are emaciated
Krusha – having lean body
Langhanakarshita – who have fasted for long
Pittadhika – In people with increased Pitta (burning sensation)
Garbhavati – in pregnant woman
Vimuktarakta – After blood letting treatment, during and soon after menstruation
Kshut, Trishna, Ushnarta – who are having severe thirst, hunger and have got exposed o Sun for long.
Ajeerna – in patients suffering from indigestion
Stri madya karshita – those who are emaciated due to increased sexual activity and alcohol
Mukhashosha – in people having dry mouth
Hanusthambha – in people with neck stiffness
Galagraha – in people with dry throat
Navajvara – in early stages of fever

Though there are a few nutritive health benefits, Haritaki is more of cleansing, moisture absorbing, weight reducing in nature. Hence it is advised to avoid during pregnancy.
In most of the contra indications explained above – all have dryness, lack of water supply – kind of symptoms. Haritaki, already being astringent, is not advisable because it may further contribute to dryness.
Haritaki is best avoided in infants, upto 5 years of age. It should be given under medical supervision in children.
Single herb usage of Haritaki is contra indicated in lactating mother. It may decrease breast milk production.

Haritaki Dosage:
1 – 6 grams of fruit powder along with required co-drink or ingredient, based on disease, once or twice a day, in single or divided dose, as per discretion of Ayurvedic doctor.

Regarding taking Haritaki based on season –
 I live in the UK and seasons are different(now -1ºC), how can I determine which combination to take with Haritaki ?

If it is rainy season, then you can consume Haritaki with rock salt,

During early part of winter, you can consume it with ginger, during winter, with long pepper, post winter season – with honey, during summer, with jaggery. If you think that this system cannot be followed, you can take Haritaki just with honey or long pepper.

Harad for chronic oral ulcers:
Dr Nayyar Mumtaj, Pakistan –
Dr JV Hebbar I m Homeopathic Dr in Pakistan but i also uses herbals .I would like to share my personal experience. few years back I had mouth ulcer ,Which remain with me more than four years.I did use a lot many Homeo,Herbal, and English medicines .make allergy vaccination I consult dental,skin ,and many other specialists
result zero. I could not eat chilli whole this period ,some says it’s bacterial, some says viral and some say that its fungus.One day I meet a BABA(old man) he suggest me to chew bari Harir( a herbal) also called Harar in Urdu.I used that and got 100% relief with in 7 days.Its use is very simple just to chew its body in spit it 4-5 times a day.I would like to share it with other needy persons to get relief.

Question: i have chronic constipation and I  have been taking softovac sugar free powder but the problem is i feel like going to the toilet at 12.30 in the afternoon with whatever method i try. Can you tell me a method by which i will be able to go to the toilet at 8.00 am in the morning any medicine without side effects.

Let’s consider a few factors.
The person is having chronic constipation. So, whatever the herb that we choose, the person should be able to use it for quite a long term. Hence, Haritaki – Terminalia chebula, chebulic myrobalan is very useful in this regard. It has Rasayana – rejuvenating, anti aging effect. So, good for long term use.

The patient is already using a laxative, but it is yielding the result next day afternoon.

Hence, if we administer Haritaki at night, chances are there that the patient will have motions  quite late in the day.

Haritaki is a bit milder when compared to other laxatives. The words – Anulomani and Mala Shodhani are used to describe qualities of Haritaki.

Hence, it makes sense to administer Haritaki churna – half to one teaspoon in the afternoon and at night, after food.

The exact dose between half – 1 teaspoon should be decided based on patient’s age, weight and seriousness of constipation problem.

Why after food? Because, in the context of Haritaki,  Bhavaprakasha book uses the term – Bhuktasyopari Yojita.

Which Anupana – co drink?
If the patient has Kapha symptoms such as obese, vomiting sensation, heaviness of abdomen, anorexia, excessive salivation, then it is administered with a pinch or two of Saindhava Lavana – rock salt.
If the patient has Pitta Symptoms such as burning sensation in chest and abdomen, then it is administered with a teaspoon of sugar candy powder.
If the patient has Vata symptoms such as bloating, gas etc, then it is administered along with half to one teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter).

The other alternative to administering in the afternoon and night is, to administer a higher dose at night.
Having said that, Haritaki comes with some contra indications such as – it should be avoided during pregnancy, very lean person, who has been emaciated due to heavy work  or exercise etc, which I have explained in the article above.

Dry Haritaki fruit Vs Fresh fruit –
द्राक्षाबिल्वशिवादीनां फलं शुष्कं गुणाधिकम् ||५१|| – Bhavaprakasha.
drākṣābilvaśivādīnāṃ phalaṃ śuṣkaṃ guṇādhikam ||51|| –

In case of grapes, bael fruit and Harad fruit, the dried fruits are better than the fresh.

Haritaki for hemorrhoids:
The powder of Harad fruit is made into paste with equal amount of jaggery. This is administered before food to reduce pain, itching and size of hemorrhoids.
Harad along with buttermilk is administered for piles. (Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 14th chapter).

Chebulic myrobalan for diarrhea:
In the initial stage of Diarrhea (Atisara), which is not associated with Ama (impaired digestion and metabolism), Haritaki is administered to induce laxative action. This helps to evacuate morbid Doshas out of the body and brings about lightness to the colon and to the body. By this, the disease gets cured. – Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 19th chapter.

Harad for vomiting treatment:
Kapha and Pitta chardi (Because the Doshas are aggravated in excess)
Along with honey, the powder of Abhaya – Terminalia chebula is given in a linctus form for the purpose of purgation. – Virechana treatment.

Effect of Haritaki on Sex –
Haritaki has mixed effect on sexual health.
a. It has Rasayana – anti ageing property. Almost all herbs with Rasayana property also possess aphrodisiac nature. So, Haritaki, in a small dose of 1 – 2 grams per day, for a period of 1 month increases sexual energy.

b. Haritaki, has astringent properties. This is useful in treating excess night-fall, wherein person loses some quantity of semen every day (night).

c. But on long term usage, because of its hot and astringent properties, Haritaki may cause decrease in sexual strength. That is why it is contra indicated in those who are emaciated due to increased sexual activity and alcohol.

So bottom line is, Haritaki is useful in treating premature ejaculation and nocturnal emission. But Harad is better to avoid in case of low semen volume, low sperm count, low sexual mood and in erection problems.

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  1. Sir I am suffering from acne which are due to indigestion(i think so) ?? How can i remove toxins from body and treat acne internally. Now I am suffering small little tumor like acne of face “inside” the skin, it is probably because of toxins or digestion problem.

    Another question – A remedy which contains 50g methi seeds, 20g Ajwain, 10g bitter Kali jeera. What it does?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Please consult an Ayurvedic doctor directly. You might be having cystic acne, which requires treatment.
      The second remedy that you’ve described looks good to relieve gastritis, useful for diabetes and also to lose weight, to some extent.

  2. I think thorough reminders are very useful. Please keep up the good work, I enjoy reading it! Sonja

  3. Chandrasekhar says:

    i read that commercially prepared ayurvedic medicines have lead residues and believe they could be due to processing. Hence decided to make triphala churna myself and purchased amla, haritaki and vibheetaki from the market. I believe they should be washed and deseeded before powering. Is that correct?

  4. Can Triphala be used for Leaky Gut Syndrome and sensitive GI ??/ Pls reply

  5. Can terminalia chebula be used during pregnancy to support immune function in a mother that has lyme disease who makes sure to eat a well balanced diet and has her weight under control? I take it on a daily basis now and it works wonders for my energy and I would hate to give it up.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, at the best you can continue it for two weeks and then stop it. I do not recommend to continue further than that.

  6. Past 2 months I have got slip disc due to whichmy left side nerve is getting compressed there by leading to pain in my left leg and numbness in my feet. One of my friend told me to take zandu haritaki churns half a tea spoon empty stomach with warm water.To my surprise it is working wonders and my pain is getting lesser day by day .Can u please explain how? Should I continue ? And till when.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Haritaki causes mild form of virechana – mild purgation, which helps to reduce Vata, hence it might be causing pain reduction in you.

      • Sir am 5 months pregnant.i have severe constipation.am using an ayurvedic laxative consists of senna and haritaki since 1week.is it safe or i need to discontinue

  7. Hello….im suffering from external hemarroid,also consuming tablets to stop the bleeding during bowel movements.Can u suggest me in having Terminalia Chebula…if yes then pls tell me the amount i should consume??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Terminalia chebula helps in easing the bowel movement, and to some extent in shrinking the pile mass. Assuming you are not pregnant, take Haritaki capsule – 1 capsule twice a day for two weeks. If symptoms do not improve, consult your Ayurvedic doctor.
      A sitz bath with – 2 tablespoons of Haritaki or Triphala powder, in half a bucket of water, for 10 minutes, before bath, is useful in reducing the swelling and healing. Within India, Haritaki capsule can be purchased here – (aff) – http://bit.ly/1yDAFPh

  8. Hi, sir What is the use of the seeds of Haritaki. Is it waste or it can be useful. Please suggest me if any and one more thing can we eat 1 Haritaki fruit per day.

  9. Very good article, although I may have to google some of the words, like for instance, what is “jaggery”?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Jaggery is the brown coloured unrefined, non centrifuged sugar. It is a product of concentrating cane sugar.

  10. Vishal Lalka says:

    whether the content of Haritaki is Harde or Himmaje

  11. Sudhakar Bhat says:

    Hello Doctor, Greetings! When Jivanti – harad is useful in all diseases why Vijaya – harad is considered as best???

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, whatever the type, Terminalia chebula is generally used as Harad. I do not see any difference.

  12. Is there any side effects for Use harad in diabetes

  13. Atmaram yadur says:

    The Information is very useful .Dr Hebbar is doing a very good Job for the mankind.I am also a follower of Ayurvedic medicines .I have cured some People who had lost hope after spending lot of Money to Allopathic doctors .The allopathic doctors had told them that there is no cure any more for septic ears after doing three operations with no result.

  14. Rakhi Baldi says:

    what is Terminalia chebula, Linn ?

  15. Ashwin Patel says:

    Dr Hebbar, Is there an Ayurvedic equivalent to Leaky Gut Syndrome?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, so far I have not come across any condition explained in Ayurveda as similar to symptoms of leaky gut syndrome.

      • Dr. Hebbar,

        I am wondering if the conditions explained in Ayurveda such as Duodenal ulcers/Peptic ulcers/Stomach ulcers (not sure about what they are called in Ayurveda) can be compared to symptoms of leaky gut syndrome?

  16. Great informative article! Thanks.

  17. I read that Haritaki helps in reducing cholestrol. I have high cholestrol. How long should I take it. I am taking Himej right now early morning empty stomach from last month and a half.


  18. Heru-maakhet, Neb-shakara says:

    I heard that haritaki remove fluoride and other blockage from 3rd eyes

  19. How to reduce weight

  20. Could this Harad(powder) be put to use for skin disease- Vitiligo?

  21. Sir can I take Harar during pregnancy, as I suffer from cold and cough.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Like I have mentioned in the article, taking Haritaki is contra indicated during pregnancy.
      Having ginger powder – half – 1 gram two times a day with hot water looks a better option.

      • Hi sir, is there any medicine for ‘Autism’ in ayurveda? if yes can you suggest?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          There are many medicines such as Brahmi Ghrita, Saraswatarishta etc., Consult an Ayurveda directly for right advice and treatment.

  22. I have 4th stage piles and since last 7 days ,mass piles had emerged as a large chunk and pain continues from morning to night.I had previously medicated in homeopathy for last 1year but it cured for some time(4 month) but again it appeared with full action and I could not able to sit anywhere and also couldnot walk.I had tried ayurvedic medicine(given by ayurvedic doctor) for last 7 days but result is none.What should I do next to relief?(Age 24 year)

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, 4th stage piles is very difficult to treat even with Ayurvedic medicines. Consider surgery options.

  23. Shravan CHowdhari says:

    Hi Doctor, my father has low oxygen levels at times dips below 90 especially while sleeping (sleep apnea has also been diagnosed) . I have heard taking one tea spoon of Haritaki Powder everynight can help in increasing Blood Oxygen Levels? Can Hariaki Powder help or you suggest otherwise?

  24. hi sir it is cure migraine are not….

  25. Good morning Sir, myself (38 yrs) my sons (8 and 6.5 yrs) are taking 1 Aerand Bhrust Harde tablet daily at night for past three – four days. we started the tablet as we had embarrasing gastric issues. But we are noticing that the flatulence is now a little more smellier and constipation has eased. Why is there a bad smell in the flatulence? how long should we take these tablets? is there any sideeffects for children and myself… Kindly advise

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      The bad smell is due to castor oil. Castor oil is used for frying the haritaki powder, while making this tablet. Erand brushta – means fried in castor oil.
      You can continue it for both children up to 3 weeks and then stop it. For you, you can continue it for 6 – 8 weeks.
      After that, take it only on sos (as needed) basis.

  26. Hello Sir! How can I get the fruits of haritaki in India?

  27. Hello dr.
    I am suffering frm hemorride for past 2 weeks due to constipation.
    How can harad or trifla help me in reducing the pain and inflammation?
    plz help me out its is very painful. That too after bowel movement it starts paining continues for 5-6 hr. plzz help me

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Madam, It can be used the following way:
      > TRIPHALA CHURNA – This should be taken regularly to remove the constipation. It should be taken with lukewarm water before going to bed.
      HARITAKI – This is recommended when there is bleeding along with inflammation and pain. One teaspoonful with milk two or three times a day gives relief from the condition.

  28. nice information

  29. Vijay Sharma says:

    IS this useful in IBS ?? And I am an alcoholic so can i take this ?
    please reply

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Sir, No you cannot while taking Alcohol.

      • vijay sharma says:

        Dr. ji, I have problem of IBS. Actually Mucus comes in my motion that’s why I want to take Haritaki. I drink alcohol in the Evening only that’s why I want to take haritaki (Choti Harad) in the morning. I know its very harmful after having alcohol.

    • Poobie Pynie Moodley says:

      I Vigay the best way to stop alcohol is to join alcoholic anononmous I did and am enjoying a new life

  30. Hello Dr.
    I am a 38 year old, Having depression/fatigue for past 8 years. For past 2months I have been eating 2 Fresh Amlas along with food daily. Also taking Haritaki at night and Vibhitaki in afternoons each 1/2 fruit daily by boiling with water and drinking filtered decoction. All these 3 were giving good results for my fatigue and depression complaints. After drinking filtered Haritaki decoction, one side effect I noticed was that a there was a throat pain everytime I drank but I ignored it for few days.
    After 3 weeks of use, I got a severe throat infection last week. The same spot in the throat which used to pain after drinking Haritaki decoction now started paining severely and am under Allopathic treatment to cure the infection. Endoscopy by ENT doctor revealed a lot of infection along the entire throat and pain due to that. Does Haritaki or Vibhitaki decoction cause throat infection or lumps/infection resulting in pain ?
    Please clarify as allopathic doctor who treated me is not able to explain if this problem is due to Haritaki or Vibhitaki ? Awaiting your response.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, I do not think that Amla / Haritaki / Vibhitaki could have caused the throat infection. It is very unlikely.

  31. I have high blood pressure and was wondering if Harad is safe for me to take?

  32. How much quantity of Harde can be consumed per day/month for Kids and Adults?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello Madam, Haritaki powder is recommended in dosage between 1 -6 grams daily. It should be taken with another herb depending upon the disease and season.

      Note: The dosage takes into consideration several factors including the age, sex and health of the individual.As with adding any herbal supplement to your diet, it is advisable that you first consult with your physician. Your doctor should be able to assess your health condition and place any necessary restrictions on you.

  33. Praveen Sasikumar says:

    Is Hareethaki contains potassium..? As my mom is having issues with lungs and high co2 level in blood. At the same time she is having high potassium. I read some article that Hareethaki is good for detoxification. Any clue will be of great help.

  34. To Dr J V Hebbar

    Is there any record(for example, old documents or journals) to eat Haritaki as a food?

    and how much Haritaki can I eat a day?

  35. Will Karakkaya podi cures rheumatoid arthritis ?

  36. Sir iam suffering from 2 degree internal hemorrhoids,can i take haritaki churan fried in ghee at night and much time it takes to cure it.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, in a dose of 4 grams at night. It may not cure it completely, but can reduce the pain, itching and constipation associated with piles and reduce the piles size by around 30 % in 2 months time.

  37. Dr can Harada been given to children who has asthma with dry cough most time and wheezing some times, how much and how to give please advice

  38. Vijay sharma says:

    I am a patient of IBS and now i have an another problem of high colestrol and high triglysride. So can i use Haritaki (choti harad) with warm water.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If you have IBS associated with constipation, only then you can use Haritaki powder – 5 grams, along with warm water at night after food for 2 months time. This will also help in reducing cholesterol / triglycerides.

  39. Hi Dr after taking haritaki powder for 2 days I found my semen in pink colour. Can I know the cause? Tx

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, it is not related to Haritaki powder. If you have doubts, please stop it immediately and consult an Ayurveda doctor immediately.

  40. Hiren Chhatbar says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have been taking “Harde” for 1.5 yrs but recently, I came to know that anything which is “Rechak” i.e. laxative is not good in long term. So considering that, I have reduced its usage on daily basis. Can you please guide and explain any side effect of using “Harde” for long term like 10 yrs or may be 20 yrs. Some people also argue that it is like drug and you will be used to it. After using it 1.5 yrs, I experienced that it cleans my stomach every morning perfectly and also it seems to be keeping me healthy. But for long term, doubts are raised with different opinions of people.

    Please guide.

    Hiren Chhatbar

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Haritaki is not rechani (purgative). It is just Anulomani (mild laxative). Hence, I do not see any problem in taking it for 1.5 years.
      But its long term use in excess quantity may cause dryness of body and skin. I would not recommend any herb for long term use – for 10 – 20 years unless it is absolutely necessary.

  41. I have been taking haritaki agastya rasayanam for past 2 months for chronic cough. Cough has reduced considerably. But I lost 5 kgs weight in 2 months. Should I continue or stop.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear sir, a side effect of Haritaki is weight loss. If you were obese previously and have benefited from weight loss, you can continue it for another 2 months. If not, stop it.
      The reason for weight loss is, Haritaki – acts as a mild laxative and has shoshana – drying properties. This helps to balance Kapha dosha and lowering of body fat.

  42. Sir,, my daughter has a kidney transplantation just 4 months back. She is 12 years. She got constipation due to some medicines. Can i give her harde for good digestion…… Anjali barot

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is better to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly. In general, Harde, 3 grams (half a teaspoon) at night, after food is useful to relieve constipation.

  43. Narendra Manglik says:

    Sir I am having acute constipation. Since last 10 days I am taking Haritaki churna with milk.at night, but there is no improvement. Kindly advice.
    When I took Divya Churna then the motion is clear. I am +72 of age . How long Divya churna can be taken may be for years togther.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear sir, considering your age, it is best for you to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly. Generally speaking, Divya Churna can be continued for 2 months time. Then after the dose needs to be gradually reduced.

  44. Shubham Bhatla says:

    Virya is sheeta of hritki

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Veerya of Haritaki is ushna.
      Here are a few references to prove it –
      1. In contra indications of haritaki, Bhavaprakasha has mentioned – Pittadhiko. Means, in people with Pitta dosha increase, avoid Haritaki. Pitta is hot, Haritaki is hot. So, it will further increase Pitta.

      2. Chewing the Haritaki fruit causes increase in digestion power. – Whichever increases digestion power is naturally hot.

      3. As per Sushruta Samhita 4th chapter, Haritaki is Vranya – useful in quick wound healing and Ushna – hot in potency.

  45. I took haritaki powder one pinch directly in my mouth to control cough. I got mouth ulcers. Is that not the correct way to instantly contol vough with haritaki powder ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, haritaki is not so hot to cause mouth ulcers. Consider mixing it with honey or ghee before taking it.

  46. Rajkumar Madan says:

    skin disease like ring cutter can can be cured by small harad

  47. Girishbhai.n. suthar says:

    Sir I suffers with constipation my intestines sluggish can haritaki tab helpful?

  48. Hello Sir,

    I am taking this daily at night from 1 & half year, is it affect if we are planning for pregnancy, should i avoid it for now ?

  49. Balaji Reddy says:

    To avoid any side affects (for adults), the great sidhar “Thirumoolar” advised to take for one mandal (48 days) in a sequence of ginger in morning, dried ginger in afternoon and Haritaki before bed. Making it a powerful combination to rejenuvate the whole body system.

  50. what does Ayurveda say about the time ,place, quantity and use of Attars ? Is there a diagram or picture based on marma points as to what attar is used where ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are mention of usage of Gandha Dravyas, used in the form of garlands. But Attar, I have not found direct reference or usage on specific marma points. If someone has found the reference and wishes to write an article, I will be happy to pay for the article and publish.

  51. Dear sir , I am suffering from incomplete evacuation and acidity. My appetite is normal. I have burning and needle pinching sensation in chest. As mentioned above that haritki is contra for pittadhika and indigestion.Can I take haritaki?

  52. Hi, I am 5 months pregnant and suffering from acidity. So I srarted taking 1 shodhit harad goli every night. Does it have any side effects and why?

  53. Hello sir

    Is it safe to use both haritaki and tripalasudana at the same time or at the same day
    Or which is best to use at a time?
    Kindly guide me sir

  54. Hello. Thank you for the article. Can you suggest a brand to buy a good Haritaki Powder? I am trying to buy one to try now. Thank you

  55. Gutu tailor says:

    Hi sir..I am taking 1 small harad(Bal harad) piece with 3 piece dried amla(as ratio 1:3) after meal so is it okay to continue in long time..or I have to stop this after a certain time period.

  56. ralph nunneley says:

    i hate the taste of haritaki i almost throwup when i take it. can i mix with smoothie or something

  57. I am trying to conceive & taking this pill every night from 1 month. is it any effect ? will i avoid this medicine?

  58. My 2 year old baby is suffering from continuous constipation . I want to avoid giving regular allopathic medicines. Can i give 1 tab patanjali harad to my kid.please suggest

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Half a tab of Harad or Triphala churna – half a teaspoon with water at night can be given 2 – 3 times a week.
      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health expert Prof. Dr Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD, here (paid service) –


  59. Hello Sir, I would to take Haritaki in powder form as mentioned above for different seasons. Can you please suggest at what time in a day should i take it and how much/how many times (basically dosage)? I drink milk at night, so, does this sound right if i take it before milk? Can you please help?

    Thank you.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Basic dose is – 5 grams.
      Preferred time is at night, after food.
      You can drink milk after taking Haritaki.

  60. how and when to take haritaki ??
    ie after meals or before
    at night or in mornig ???

    plz reply sir .

  61. thanks for the nice articles, in India where we can get authentic harad ie.if you can suggest how to practically tell which is the best harad(raw); also if any particular company which makes good quality harad powder.

  62. What are the exact and clear side affects of taking this if you are highly sexually active?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If taken in a higher dose of 10 grams per day, for more than 3 months of time, it can reduce sexual interest, decrease quantity of semen and sperm.

  63. Anilkumar Popat says:

    Can I take haritaki with Ispaghula?

  64. Sir
    Can I take if I have anxiety issues – fear issues

  65. Sir in which conditions we should go for triphala in spite of haritaki

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1. If constipation is not severe.
      2. If you wish to have more anti oxidant advantage
      3. If you wish to target the medicine for eyes, blood, skin and liver.

  66. which type of haritaki is best ? I have heard long haritaki is the best one . Which is the Survari Haritaki ? Is it the long one ? Long ones is the most costly

  67. Hi.I want to change my white hairs into black. I am a 41 years old woman but from 29 years because of stress my hairs changed into white color. Now, I bought “Harde terminalia chebula”. It has a hard crust. I heard that I should eat it everyday, let it in my mouth gradually dissolve. How can I remove the hard crust? Should I put it in water to become soft? What are your recommendations?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Amla is more useful than harde for getting black hairs. One teaspoon of Amla powder is advised per day, with water.

      If you want to stick with Harde, then better to powder it and consume.
      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  68. Hello Doctor,

    I have grade 2 internal piles. I have continuous constipation problem after my delivery. I do not prefer to go for surgery as treatment for piles which my allopathy doctor advised.

    If i take any medicine like Pantop i do not get constipated. Is my problem related to upper gastro tract or lower abdomen problem.

    Can u pls guide me what medicine should i take in Ayurveda to cure my problem.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, it appears your problem is related with lower abdomen.
      Please take as below for 2 months.
      Pirrhoids tablet – 1 tablet 2 times a day after food for 2 months time. Available in amazon website here

      Triphala Guggulu tablets – 2 tablets 2 times a day after food. – available here – http://amzn.to/2tIsen9
      Maharishi M Antacid syrup – 5 ml, mixed with 10 ml water, 2 times a day BEFORE FOOD – Available
      in amazon website here –

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  69. BHARTI tanwar says:

    I am suffering fromIBS since last 10yrs I have taken ayurvedic treatment but no relief as a result suffering from weight loss tiredness.plz tell me how to use haritki.l live in Ajmer Rajasthan.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, in your case, using Haritaki might well cause weight loss.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

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