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Haritaki
4oz Organic herbal powder; Item #84Terminalia chebula
This famous, gentle laxative cleanse and tones the colon. Used for millenia in India for all Vata disorders.

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Ayurveda Lifestyle Haritaki

Detoxification & rejuvenation for Vata*

  • Removes excess Vata from the system*
  • Assists natural internal cleansing*
  • Nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues*
  • Promotes healthy digestion and absorption*

Ayurvedic Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for all doshas, especially Vata

Herbal Actions:
alterative, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, appetizer, astringent, carminative, depurative, digestant, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, nutritive, opthalmic, purgative, rejuvenative, stomachic, thermogenic, tonic, vulnerary

Traditional Uses:
constipation, flatulence, abdominal discomfort, belching, indigestion, malabsorption*

Possible Contraindications:
pregnancy, acute diarrhea

Suggested Use:
For mild laxative or stool softening effect, use 1/4-1/2 tsp in warm water before bed. Since haritaki is very astringent, it initially makes your mouth dry. The effect is temporary however. Shortly thereafter, it provokes release of saliva. Finally, haritaki tastes sweet. To minimize dryness in the mouth, brew as a tea then strain. Or, mix with a bit of honey.

Commentary:
Ayurveda considers Haritaki to be one of the best herbs for balancing Vata dosha. As a natural laxative and purgative, it removes undigested food and accumulated toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. It strengthens and nourishes the tissues and supports proper function of the colon, lungs, liver and spleen. Haritaki is traditionally used as a remedy for all Vata disturbances, including constipation, emaciation, flatulence and indigestion. Haritaki is highly revered in India, as it is believed to increase energy, intelligence and awareness*.

4oz is approximately one month's supply.

SUGGESTED USE

1/4-1/2 tsp in warm water or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
Follow these guidelines
This product contains loose herbal powder for the freshest and most potent results. An organic cotton tea bag will be provided with your order to strain your herbs for enjoyable drinking. Your order will contain about 60 servings, 1/2 teaspoon each.

MEDICINAL QUALITIES

INCREASES
Digestive Effects Help

Increases These Qualities (Gunas)

Ayurveda helps you assess how you feel through the 20 main therapeutic feelings or qualities called gunas. Through the gunas you can articulate, experience and develop sensitivity to the signals your body sends you. Imbalanced gunas are the root of your imbalances. Every guna has an opposite which balances is (i.e. hot balances cold). You create balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite guna.

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LIQUID

Liquid ABOUT LIQUID GUNA

Liquid is identified by thin fluids (low viscosity).

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CLEAR

Clear ABOUT CLEAR GUNA

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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TASTES
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The 6 Tastes

Taste has meaning in Ayurveda, and brings physical and emotional changes to your body. Taste is experienced on the tongue and is your body's reaction to foods much in the same way that your emotions are mental reactions to experiences. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below? Food and herbs with the following tastes could aggravate your symptoms.

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SOUR

Sour ABOUT SOUR GUNA

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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BITTER

Bitter ABOUT BITTER GUNA

Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.

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ASTRINGENT

Astringent ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

Your body type shows how your strengths, as well as how your body typically goes out of balance. It also shows how your body responds to the environment. Your body type is comprised of certain qualities and affects every part of you - your physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is because your body type is based on how your body uses energy. Ayurveda has 3 body types (doshas), called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata spends energy. Pitta burns energy. Kapha stores energy. Vata people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Pitta people tend to be hot, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Kapha people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.

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PACIFIES
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Digestion
Sialogogue

SIALOGOGUE

A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents

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Heart & Circulation
Styptic

STYPTIC

A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.

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Immune System
Flushes Membranes

FLUSHES-MEMBRANES

Herbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.

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Bowel-Poop-Elimination
General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...

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Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.

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