Science of Herbs

Terminalia Chebula

Terminalia Chebula

Common Name: Harrar, Haritaki
English Name: Myrobalan, Chebulic myrobalan
Botanical Name: Terminalia chebula Retz. Terminalia citrine Roxb.ex.Flem.
Family: Combretaceae

Description: Terminalia chebula is a medium- to large-sized tree distributed throughout tropical and subtropical Asia, including China and Tibet. This tree is found in the forests of northern India, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal, and is common in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and southern Maharastra.

Chemical Properties: It contains arjun glucoside, arjungenin and the chebulosides, chebulic acid, chebulinic acid, tannic acid, ellagic acid, 2,4-chebulyi–β-D-glucopyranose, gallic acid, ethyl gallate, punicalagin terflavin A , terchebin, some purgative of the nature of anthraquinone , luteolin, rutins, and quercetin.

Properties: It is good to increase the appetite, as digestive aid liver stimulant, as stomachic, as gastrointestinal prokinetic agent and mild laxative. It is stimulates the mental faculties. The plant also has adrenergic function and helps to recover from stress. One compound Chebulagic acid from Haritaki has shown antispasmodic action like papaverine.

Used in the following MATXIN product:

  • Laxotabs tablets
  • Pileher tablets
  • Triphala capsules