Health Benefits of Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) for Children and Adults


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Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) is an ayurvedic herb often referred to as the “King of Medicines.” It is a wonder drug that acts beautifully on both children and adults alike. It is renowned globally for its therapeutic properties.

Some of its noteworthy properties include –

  • It is a powerhouse of vitamin C, which acts as an immune-boosting antioxidant. It helps boost kids’ immune systems, preventing them from getting a fever, common cold, cough, or other related breathing problems.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, it gives us relief from clogged noses by reducing the inflammation of the inner lining of our noses.
  • It also has anti-bacterial properties. It purifies the air nearby and prevents kids from getting measles, chickenpox, mumps, or other skin-related rashes.
  • It also promotes a healthy digestive system, thus easing common digestive problems seen in kids, such as constipation and bloating.
  • It is also believed that Haritaki can cure bedwetting problems to a certain extent.
  • Apart from all the above qualities, it is also a rich source of many vital nutrients – iron, copper, manganese, potassium, selenium, etc.
How to consume Haritaki?
  • Haritaki is mainly given to small kids in a powdered form along with warm water and honey.
  • We can also sun dry the fruit and preserve it with salt (the same way as pickles). That way, it stays well for many months. Whenever required, eat up the dry fruit (one at a time). However, one should take caution to discard the seed once the fruit is consumed (if given to small kids); otherwise, it can lead to choking.
Nowadays, many over-the-counter medicines are available with Haritaki as the main ingredient/component. However, make sure you don’t go overboard and take the medication only with a valid prescription.
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