Haritaki is called "The King of Medicines" by yogis in the Indian Ayurveda system of medicine.
It is always listed first in the Ayurvedic literature because it has extraordinary healing properties for all types of illnesses. The Materia Medica of Aryuveda, consided a master text, written by and says about Haritaki:
It is named after the Hindu god Hara (Shiva). In the literature, Haritaki or Kadukaai is called the drink of the Gods.
It is said in ancient scriptures that Haritaki came to life when a nectar drop fell from the cup of Indra, the King of Heaven.
It brings fearlessness in the face of death and disease, and purifies the mind of its attachments.
It nourishes the brain and nerves.
Brings long life and a happy mind.
It is also referred to as "The Mother" and is known to increase mental and spiritual awareness.
Haritaki has been consumed by Yogi's for centuries. They knew of its power to clear toxins from the body, oxygenate the brain, and erase negativity from the system. In Sanskrit, stored negativity is called samskara.
A classic example of a samskara:
As a child we had a bad experience singing, and our friend told us that we could not sing. We accepted that conclusion and never tried singing again in front of others. We did not look at the logic, or investigated further as to whether our friend knew anything about singing. The engraved memory of the shame and embarrassment we felt is the samskara that we may carry for our life. It is reported in all the ancient texts that:
This medicine works in a subtle way on the mind as well, wiping away all the engraved memories (samskaras) and negative mental patterns, helping one to become aware of inauthenticities
What do we learn from this research?
- That Haritaki is considered the most important herb in the Yogic tradition
- That Haritaki is the only herb listed to be taken to increase spiritual awareness
- Haritaki is the only herb that is listed to create a happy mind and known to nourish the brain
Here is a link to more research on Haritaki