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What is Haritaki

MyrobalanLast week in various classes I was asking around to see if anyone was familiar with myrobalan. Some had heard of it – most not. So here is that promised blog post.

In India, myrobalan is also called haritaki. Hari means “that which steals” and taki means “that which cleans and enhances the glow of the skin.” That is the etymological breakdown. The basic idea is that haritaki is that fruit which removes all diseases from the body and brings a luster and shine to the skin. A fairly formidable fruit – no doubt.

Here’s more…

In Wikipedia it describes how there are various, though unrelated, types of myrobalan – each with their own specific quality – and haritaki is that type which has this miraculous healing effect.

This fruit is not meant to be eaten like apples, pears or bananas where you might have 2, 3 or even 4 at a time. Rather, just a tiny, small piece on a regular basis after your evening meal is enough. Or it can be soaked in water and then you can drink a small portion of the water each day.

So where to find this incredible fruit or seed? At this point, here in the US it seems to be limited to Indian shops? Of course if you go to India or other tropical places like Hawaii etc, then it is more readily available. In India, in particular, such trees are quite pervasive.

Ok, so you want to know more about this panacea of a fruit. Well, here are but some of the many articles that discuss the benefits of haritaki:

http://www.holistic-herbalist.com/terminalia-chebula.html

http://ayurveda.ygoy.com/2010/07/10/important-health-benefits-of-haritaki/

http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-herbs/terminalia-chebula.html

If you do go out and buy some, let us know where you find it and what you experience.

3 Comments
  1. Wow! Very interesting…now I need to find the nearest Indian food shop. I needed to find out were one was anyway!

  2. Haritaki aka Kadukkai or ink nut powder is truly amazing. You can order it online from Indian companies, but the shipping costs and time make it not worth it. Banyon Botanicals is very trustworthy and they have organic versions in pill and powder. I felt totally energized from the first time I took it . The only caution I would give is to start with very small doses each night before bed and don’t increase for a while as it seems to have a cumulative. I got a little over enthusiastic as I felt so great and spent a day in close proximity to the bathroom. I personally settled on 1/2 teaspoon, but my friend can’t handle more than 1/4 to 1/8th. I was recooperating from prolonged diarreah coming back from India. My teacher advised everyone to take it saying it would heal almost everything in the body. IT’S TRUE! It’s so inexpensive, and I feel like I’m in my 20′s (actually 62) loads of energy and all kinds of ailments getting better. I personally prefer the powder as it is stronger. I add it to some warm water at night. But for those who are sensitive, the pill form is very gentle.

  3. Dear Mary Ann,

    What a great account – thanks so much for sharing – a wonderful personal testimony.

    And indeed, they do say to take very moderate amounts, especially if taken on a daily basis.

    Thanks again for sharing,

    Satyam

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