Haritaki has been shown to have anti-cancerm anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-spasmodic properties
Research is showing that haritaki has an ever increasing list of healing properties, caused by the extensive list of "Anti" properties in the haritaki.
I found this list very interesting:
Non-clinical studies: Antibacterial, anticancer, antifungal, anti-mutagenic, antispasmodic, cytotoxic, cardio-tonic, hypolipidemic, hypotensive, immunosupresasant and prokinetic.
- Sohni and Bhatt (1996) reported antiprotozoal activity of a combination of Terminalia chebula, Boerhavia diffusa, Berberis aristata, Tinospora cordifolia and Zingiber officinale.)
- Jagtap and Karkera (1999) reported antibacterial activity of an aqueous extract of chebula against Streptococcus mutans.
- Phadke and Kulkarni (1989) reported antibacterial activity of crude extract of chebula against variety of pathogenic bacteria.
- Dutta et al (1998) reported antifungal activity of aqueous extract of chebula.
- Thakur et al (1988) reported hypolipidemic activity of chebula.
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