Remarkable discoveries about Haritaki and Crohn’s Disease
There are various sources of information about Crohn’s disease being assisted by Haritaki. I am listing all the information that I can find on this topic here so that you can do your own research and come to your own conclusions. Certainly it looks like Haritaki could be helpful in this condition.
The Crohn’s disease forum has information about the use of Haritaki. To quote:
Base on its comprehensive properties, it promotes appetite and helps in digestion.
It stimulates the liver and protects it further by expelling the waste excretory products from the intestines.
The powder of Haritaki has been used in chronic diarrhea, sprue with good results. It should be used as hot infusion in these disorders. It is indicated in Protracted diarrhea with hematochezia and prolapse of rectum.
For persons with excessive gas in intestine, flatulence, it is a good herb that can be taken daily. it will relieve these conditions smoothly.
One compound Chebulagic acid from Haritaki has shown antispasmodic action like that of Papaverine.
Being a mild laxative, it is a mild herbal colon cleanse. With its other properties, it provides some help in conditions with Liver and Spleen enlargement and in Ascites. It is not a strong purgative like other herbs as Senna. It does the cleansing action very smoothly. Further it can be taken for a long time without any ill effects.
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E.Coli, Haritaki and Crohn’s
Studies published by the US National Institute of Medicine into different herbs and their anti bacterial properties revealed that Haritaki was very powerful in its effectiveness against E.Coli. It was found to be as potent or more potent than regular antibiotics used for this purpose. Here is a quote from the study:
“This herb was found to be as potent as ciprofloxacin, gentamycin, kanamycin, ofloxacin and cephalexin against E.Coli53.”
54 Aqil F, Ahmad I. Antibacterial properties of traditionally used Indian medicinal plants. Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 2007 Mar; 29( 2): 79-92.
Haritaki and Crohn’s Disease in books:
These results and other results have been researched by the author Kenneth Lassensen, and then quoted as indicating that Haritaki has tremendous potential in helping people with Crohn’s Disease. This book is a great resource and I recommend reading it:
Lassesen M.Sc., Kenneth M. (2012-12-31). A New Evidence-Base Approach to Crohn’s Disease Or Using unusual probiotics and traditional medicines in Crohn’s Disease (Autoimmune Illnesses and Microflora Book 1) (Kindle Locations 344-345). Red Dwarf Dogs. Kindle Edition.
In this study from India one ingredient of Haritaki is studied to see if it is useful in combating inflamation;
I quote from it here:
The present study highlights the importance of Terminalia chebula Linn, a plant used in traditional system of medicine for various disorders. This study was aimed at the evaluation of the anti-inflammatory activity of marker compound (chebulinic acid) from the pericarp of fruits of Terminalia chebula. There have been a number of reports in the literature, where the hydrolytic products of chebulinic acid i.e. gallic acid, ellagic acid and galloyl derivatives have shown marked anti-inflammatory properties, however the antiinflammatory properties of chebulinic acid have not been determined. Here is the link to another resource:
Study on Haritaki and ulcerative colitis
This study looked at the effects of haritaki on ulcerative colitis in rats. The study found, and I quote:
As well as, ethanolic extracts of both Chamomile and Haritaki have an accepted prophylactic activity against GAA 5%-induced colitis in rabbits through correction of the changed electrolytes, haematological parameters and histopathological signs. Link here
General information about Crohn’s Disease
For information on Crohn’s in general, the overall sypmtoms and resources available I recommend the web site listed below. I found this information there that I wish to share with you. Please read this and then follow up on the web site.
Named after Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, who first described the disease in 1932 along with colleagues Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon D. Oppenheimer, Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
When reading about inflammatory bowel diseases, it is important to know that Crohn’s disease is not the same thing as ulcerative colitis, another type of IBD. The symptoms of these two illnesses are quite similar, but the areas affected in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) are different.
Crohn’s most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon, also called the large intestine.
Crohn’s disease can also affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall, while ulcerative colitis only involves the innermost lining of the colon. Finally, in Crohn’s disease, the inflammation of the intestine can “skip”– leaving normal areas in between patches of diseased intestine. In ulcerative colitis this does not occur.Watch this webcast to learn more about Crohn’s disease.
Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease
This disease can cause irritation and disturbance in any part of the gastrointestinal tract, and symptoms do vary greatly from patient to a different patient. Here are the more common signs and symptoms. Please contact a doctor for complete medical diagnosis and discussion.
Signs resulting from the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Severe abdominal cramps and stomach pains/discomfort
- Constipation which may lead to blockages over time
- Feelings that bowels still contain materials
- Loose stool and diarrhea
- Urgency in going to the bathroom
- Bleeding from the rectum
Overall signs and symptoms
- Sweating at night
- Losing appetite
- Reduction in weight
- Low mood
- Feeling worn out
- Change in the cycle of periods in females
My recommendation for anyone suffering with Crohn’s disease is to investigate using Haritaki. I would recommend starting off with very small amounts, in the order of 1/8th of a teaspoon, and increasing from there.
This video is a great resource in understanding the disease. You can see by watching this video how Haritaki could be of benefit.
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