Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) suppressed by Haritaki, Terminalia chebula

Research shows that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)  is suppressed by Haritaki, Terminalia chebula.

Research into the effects of Haritaki, ( Terminalia chebula, or Kadukkai) shows that it is effective in reducing the potency of the bacteria H. pylori. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that causes havoc in the intestinal tract. If this bacteria resides there for some years  the irritation is causes can create major health issues. Stomach ulcers can be caused, and the more extreme conditions include stomach cancer.  The medical community recommends that antibiotics are used to eliminate the H.pylori, but for some people these do not provide a solution, and for others they do not want to take antibiotics too frequently. In this case, Haritaki is one herbal solution that research has been shown to work. In my own research I found that haritaki was more effective at wiping out e-coli than bleach. This test was conducted in petri dishes, not in the much more complex situation that haritaki finds itself in when landing in your stomach and intestinal tract. There is additional information on the effects of Haritaki on e-coli and we will publish that soon.

Research also indicates that haritaki is helpful with other digestive system diseases including Crohn’s disease.

Terminalia Chebula Extract

Commonly called haritaki in Ayurvedic Medicine, this herb is from a tree that grows in India. The plant is used extensively in the preparation of many ayurvedic formulations for a variety of health concerns including chronic ulcers, fungal skin infections, digestive problems, constipation, heart disease, tumors, nervous disorders, asthma, and more.

Its principle constituents contain chebulagic, chebulinic acid and corilagin, and its fruit is used as an antiviral, coagulant, and laxative. Terminalia also has a wide antibacterial and antifungal spectrum, and is also known as an adaptogen and hepatoprotective (liver protectant).2728

More recently, in a study comparing with three other ayurvedic herbs, terminalia was found to be the best antioxidant among the four extracts.29

A study at the University of Tehran, Iran, tested extracts of terminalia chebula on H. pylori, which showed significant antibacterial activity on H. pylori and other bacterium.30

The H. pylori bacterium has been estimated to be present in 30-40% of the U.S. population, and is considered the world’s most common chronic infection.

Effects of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

This bacteria is found to create many health issues in the intestinal tract. The major ones being stomach ulcers. Here is a very helpful description of these issues:

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) Source Here

Are you at risk for developing an ulcer?

Approximately 25 million Americans suffer from peptic ulcer disease (PUD) at some point in their life. And each year there are 500,000 to 850,000 new cases reported, and more than one million ulcer-related hospitalizations.1 Continue reading to find out if you are at risk … and what you can do to protect yourself—or heal yourself, if you already have an ulcer.

Not too long ago, the common belief was that excessive work and chronic stress caused stomach ulcers. Although it is true that stress can exacerbate an ulcer, we now know that H. pylori, a spiral-shaped bacterium, is the cause of more than 90% of duodenal ulcers and up to 80% of gastric ulcers.

Ulcers also tend to run in some families. But just because no one in your family has ever had an ulcer, it doesn’t mean that you’re immune. (More than 20% of patients who have a duodenal ulcer have a family history, compared with only 5-10% of control groups. In addition, weak associations have been observed between duodenal ulcer and blood type O. Also, patients who do not secrete ABO antigens in their saliva and gastric juice are known to be at higher risk. The reason for these apparent genetic associations is unclear.)3

Here is a link to the Haritaki main benefits page