Haritaki benefits: Cancer

Research into the use of Haritaki to help cancer patients.

Haritaki has been called the universal panacea for all diseases for thousands of years, and even today it is being discovered that so called modern diseases are shown to be affected by the use of Haritaki.

Haritaki contains anti-bacterial properties.

An extract of haritaki and Terminalia chebula has been studied and reported to be a very powerful  antibacteria against the bacteria Gram positive and Gram negative, which are both human pathogenic bacteria, and the cause of many illnesses.

This article in the Independent newspaper from London UK, published in 2007 presents compelling evidence that Haritaki may prove to be useful in the fight against cancer.


Indian scientists have claimed for years that Triphala has value as a detoxifying and anti-cancer agent. Now researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute say they have shown that it can prevent or slow the growth of pancreatic cancer tumours implanted in mice.

Millions of cancer patients turn to herbal supplements and vitamin pills in the hope that they can boost their immune systems and help fight the disease. Many take them out of disaffection with conventional medicine but doctors warn that exaggerated claims are being made for their effects.

The latest findings, presented to the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Los Angeles yesterday, suggest some herbal preparations may have genuine anti-cancer action.

Mice grafted with human pancreatic tumours were fed one to two milligrams of Triphala for five days a week. By the end of the study, their tumours were half the size of those in a control group of mice fed saline (salt solution) only.

Sanjay Srivastava, the assistant professor in pharmacology who led the study, said: "We discovered that Triphala fed orally to mice ... was an extremely effective inhibitor of the cancer process. Triphala triggered the cancerous cells to die off and significantly reduced the size of tumours without causing any side effects."

Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death and is one of the most aggressive cancers.

The study found that the herbal remedy caused the pancreatic cells to die through the process known as apoptosis - the body's normal method of disposing of damaged or unwanted cells. Apoptosis is often disrupted in cancer cells with the result that they continue to replicate and grow, forming a tumour.

Here is another link to a story about Haritaki and cancer:

Ancient Ayurvedic Berry Shows Promise Combatting Cancer, Cholesterol, Diabetes, And More

Here is a link to more information about Haritaki benefits

Here is a video giving a background about cancer: