Kadukkai, the King of Herbs

Terminalia chebula, which is also called Haritaki in Hindi, Kadukkai in Tamil, and Inknut in English, has lots of health benefits and medical uses. It is a true medical wonder. It is called the “King of medicine” as it can be used to treat  various ailments. It is used in Homoeopathy, Unani, and Ayurvedic medicine.

It is used to treat a range of problems like under the eyes dark circles, acne, tooth problems, grey hair, constipation, dark spots, and helps in hair growth and weight reduction. It is the simple home remedy we try at home for most of the minor problems.

It is amazing how many diseases Haritaki can cure. It is used to treat arthritis, dental problems such as cavities and bleeding gums, skin problems such as acne and eczema, and wound healing. Kadukkai is also a very effective treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, constipation, and ulcers. Kadukkai is also used to prevent kidney stones, improve digestion, treat coughs, treat sore throats, headaches and eye infections. Finally, it is often used to strengthen the immune system, treat fevers, and lower cholesterol and blood sugar. It is popularly called as the King of herbs.

It is also one of the three ingredients of the popular triphala which by itself indicates its importance in ayurvedic medicine.

Haritaki (Kadukkai) healing properties:

Haritaki has immunomodulatory, laxative, anti spasmodic, hypolipidemic, hypocholesterolemic, adaptogenic and antianaphylactic properties.

 Due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of haritaki it is used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Haritaki has antidiabetic properties  due to the presence of active compounds like chebulanin, chebulagic acid and chebulinic acid. 

Due to the presence of tannins, flavonoids, sterols, resins, fructose, and amino acids present in kadukkai, it helps in liver protection. It also helps restore the metabolism of urea in the liver, due to the high amount of antioxidants present in it.

Due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and anti arthritic properties it helps in improving overall joint and knee health and people suffering from arthritic pain will greatly benefit from consuming haritaki.Haritaki has wonderful anticancer properties 

Haritaki is given to reduce high cholesterol levels, reduce total cholesterol, triglyceride and it also helps in increasing the level of HDL cholesterol. 

Use of haritaki mouth rinse has been proven to be very effective against cavities and to strengthen your gums. Gargle with this mixture regularly to maintain the dental health. 

Haritaki water extract is used as wound wash and it greatly help in faster wound healing. Haritaki promotes wound healing due to its antibacterial properties. 

Another very important and significant effect of haritaki is its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. People suffering from  painful conditions like arthritis, body aches and inflammation will greatly benefit from consuming this amazing herb.

It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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