Thursday, 22 May 2014

Kadukkai Powder / Haritaki Powder / Harde Whole Powder Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses: Home Remedy For Constipation

 

Kadukkai is an amazing herb that we should learn to use in our daily life. Kadukkai is called "Haritaki" in Hindi and "Harde whole" in English. Kadukkai is an oblong shaped, brownish colored fruit. It has been used in ayurvedic medicine for more than 4000 years. It is also one of herbs that is very extensively used in home remedies. Kadukkai powder is a natural laxative that is available to us. Many suffer from constipation and take medicines for it continuously. Having a traditional diet that is rich in fibers and using natural laxatives like kadukkai podi / powder will keep our bowels in good health. Regularly consuming medicine for constipation will make a person dependent on them and of course the side effects of bloating and flatulence, when the laxative medicines are taken regularly. Kadukkai stores well, as it is sold after drying the fruit well. Stock up on this natural laxative and use it when you suffer from constipation. To make the remedy, break the kadukkai and remove the seeds and sun dry the kadukkai peel very well in the sun. Powder it well to a very fine powder and bottle it. Take the required amount of powder in a bowl, boil water and add to the kadukkai powder. Drink it once it comes to luke warm temperature before going to bed. You will find yourself free from constipation, the next day morning. We do get kadukkai powder in the markets, but I prefer making it on my own, as it is very effective when freshly ground.

 


METHOD:
1. Take kadukkai in a plate and sun dry till crisp.


2. Break the kadukkai in a mortar and pestle and remove the seeds.


3. Powder the skin to a fine powder either in a mixer or in a mortar and pestle.


4. Boil water in a pan and take the required amount of powder in a tumbler and pour over it, strain and drink before bed time.


NOTES:
  • Don't boil the kadukkai powder, only pour the hot water on top of it.
  • Remove the seeds before powdering the skin.
  • Kadukkai powder is slightly bitter, so the decoction will be slightly bitter.
  • If you feel the amount given is bitter for your taste, reduce the amount of the powder.
  • Strain the decoction before drinking.
  • You can add honey to sweeten it too
  • You can also use store bought kadukkai powder.

81 comments:

  1. do u know that it will give a nice sleep too

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    1. Does this reduce Orgasm

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  2. Are there any side effects of over consumption? Can kids eat this daily? I don't have to powder my D will eat just like that but it takes long time to chew though.

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    1. Sorry for the late reply. Over consumption of kadukkai will lead to loss of energy and severe exhaustion. It is best not to give kadukkai daily for kids.........

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    2. Hi @ramya akka ,

      Will kadukai sooranam helps clean the heart arteries ?and is low the cholesterol in blood?

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    3. Yes kadukkai has cholesterol lowering properties...

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  3. what is different between in small harde & big harde

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    1. The big harde which is regarded highly is the Vijaya variety and is the one used in ayurvedic medicines. The smaller harde are immature, unripe fruits which are powdered and used mainly as a laxative...

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    2. could you please tell me something for hypothyroid

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    3. You can try kanchanar guggul as it is well known for treating all thyroid related problems but it should only be strictly taken under medical supervision. You can consult an ayurvedic doctor for the correct dosage and duration...

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    4. Small is small..big is BIG....;)

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  4. Hi Ramya,

    Could you please tell me about the below lines,

    காலை இஞ்சி கடும்பகல் சுக்கு
    மாலை கடுக்காய் மண்டலம் உண்டால்
    விருத்தனும் பாலனாமே.

    I understood the meaning , but I don't know how to take? how much quantity? and what are the exact timings?

    I was taking 1 full tea spoon of kadukkai powder with luke warm water.
    when I read about the significance of kadukai , then I came to know it has be taken very considerable amount and my mom also suggesting the same.

    please suggest. Thanks.

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    1. I am sorry, though I have heard and read about it, I have never taken them on a daily basis nor anyone in my family so I don't know the correct dosage....

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    2. The poem is written by Thirumoolar. Ginger should be taken in the morning - like chopped ginger mixed in boiling tea, breakfast like uppuma, pongal having ginger, etc. Dry ginger should be take in the after-noon like mixing dry ginger powder in tea, etc.kadukkai should be taken in the night.

      Since kadukkai is highly laxative (that;s why it is prescribed for constipation), it should be taken in moderation.

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  5. hi,morning you have to take ginger and in the afternoon sukku and night half a teaspoon of kadukai powder. note that you have peel the skin of the ginger before use.if you take this for 48days.even the old man get the energy like youth.even the old man turns young.you have remove the seed of the kadukkai before use.they say kadukkai seed is poison.i consulted a doctor he advised me to take half teaspoon of kadukai powder daily.

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  6. So its really safe drink for night do it will create any harm while sleeping.

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  7. I just want to know Will this drink will create any discomfort in sleeping are while sleeping

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    1. kadukkai is safe to be had at night and will not cause any discomfort while sleeping, in fact it will aid in getting good sleep...

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  8. Hi.. I heard that kadukai powder will lead to loose motion as a part of cleaning the stomach.. is that true??

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    1. Kadukkai powder has a laxative effect and if consumed more than the prescribed daily dosage, it might lead to loose motion...

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  9. Hi how to buy this kadukai powder if im staying at malaysia.pls recommend me any website where i can place my order & will send to my mailing address at malaysia.

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    1. Hi Kogi,

      i'm from Seremban, Malaysia. I have seen kadukai in whole seeds form sold in Madura store and MAP in Seremban town. Probably you can check with other Indian store near your place.

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    2. hi, you can get it from Enrico Trading on Beach Street, penang. I got mine from there. Very fine too.

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  10. How to order kadukai powder if i stay at malaysia

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    1. You can buy kadukkai powder here (copy and paste the link): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099D09IC

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    2. Hi you can get it in any indian grocery shops in malaysia.. I get it in Gayathiri cash and carry Klang..

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  11. Hi Ramya, what do you suggest for sinus? Can haritaki help?

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    1. I would suggest nochi steam from the blog, it is the best for curing sinus infection...

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  12. Hello , I'm breastfeeding my 5 month old is ok to take kadukkai powder for weight loss

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    1. Please don't use kadukkai powder while breast feeding....

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  13. Can u advice is there any cure for vertigi meneris disease in siddha
    As i suffer from that i tried allopathy ,ayurveda and homeo pathy but yet .....,
    Thanks

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    1. Ashwagandha powder can be used for vertigo, consult an ayuvedic physician about using ashwagandha (dosage and duration) for vertigo...........

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  14. Plz tell solution about acne if you know mam...Im suffering at last 3years...I have seen many doctors..so tel your suggestion about my acne..particularly face neck arms only

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    1. For acne, I would suggest using turmeric and holy basil paste, it is the safest and the most effective way I know so far. you can watch this remedy here in you tube: https://youtu.be/VIKdCk2Jb5Y

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  15. Hi good day
    Would like to seek clarification.
    Can kadukai heal colon (big n small ) ulcers .
    Going thru a complication call
    CHRONS DIESESE.
    THKS.

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    1. Hi, Good day to you too..For crohn's disease I would suggest it is best to take any herbs including kadukkai only under medical supervision...

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  16. Hi Ramya,

    My daughter is 12 years old and she has myopia (short sighted) and wears spectacles . Is kadukkai good for the eyes? Will it improve her vision?

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    1. Kadukkai is very good for treating infections in the eyes if used as an eyewash but it does not help myopia. I would suggest starting eye exercises for her regularly, it will greatly help improve her vision...

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  17. Thank you so much where can i buy in new jersey.jersey city

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    1. You can get good quality haritaki powder online in the states here: amazon

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  18. you can buy kadukkai powder in lebuh ampang kl(kop peer mohamed shop)

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  19. Hi madam is it OK if I make the seeds powdered together with skin of kadukai and consume together

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    1. Powder only the skin of kadukkai| haritaki and use, not the seeds....

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  20. Am trying to get pregnant meanwhile, using kadukkai kasayam twice a days...
    I will continue or not...

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    1. I would suggest to stop taking kadukkai kashayam...

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  21. heared about kadukkai affect in the sexual (demotivate the feeling in daily use )is there any problem .

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    1. Hi, Please watch this video, it clearly explains the effects of kadukkai on sexual health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdhM8FJdsOI

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  22. Which is best for UTI

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  23. Hello, I take one table spoon to haritakki powder everyday. 2 months with honey, next 2 with jaggery and then with Rock salt and repeat. Once every three days I get loose motion twice a day.
    I have been asked to continue taking haritakki as it is good for immune system and keeps ones body young.
    Is the loose motion aspect of it normal or do you think I am taking more quantity than needed ?
    Please suggest

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    1. Haritaki eases bowel movement and taking 1 tbsp will cause loose motion. I would suggest decreasing the dosage to 1/2 to 1 tsp and gradually increasing it from there over time...

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  24. Hello
    I take haritakki powder every morning 2 hours before breakfast. Nowadays I am taking one tablespoon with 1/6th portion of jaggery. This is my 3rd month and first 2 months I took it with honey. The problem is that it leads to loose bowels almost everyday. Sometimes thrice a day. Is this normal ? Is something wrong ? Please advise

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  25. Thank you very much for the very useful post and clarifications Mrs. Ramya. I have two questions :

    1. I have both Kadukkai powder and Triphala powder with me. Should I have only Triphala then since it also has kadukkai in it? I want to know which one is more effective for detox and strengthening immune system.

    2. My body is as such a heat body and I get small heat boils on the skin in summer. Triphala has Amla in it which has some cooling effect. Should I mix little jaggery in water that I use to mix with Kadukkai or Triphala? How much jaggery I can have along with Kadukkai or Triphala?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. I would suggest triphala as it has both amalaki and bibhitaki which are wonderful for strengthening the immune system too. Take jaggery in the quantity the previous reader mentioned in his question. I would also suggest oil bath during summers (you can read about it in the blog)

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  26. Hello
    I want to buy Kadukka podi but I can´t find any company to ship it to me in Sweden.
    Amazon wont send it here.
    Thanful and greatful for answer
    /Aisha

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  27. Hi madam, i am 30yrs old male. i got married two years before. I trying for baby. But, I have infertility issues in my body (My sperm count is very less only 15% in active). I am taking ginger, tried ginger and kadukkai. is it helps to improve my sperm count?

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    1. I would suggest ashwagandha as it has been proven to increase the sperm count, you can read about ashwagandha in the blog...

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  28. Hi Ramaya,

    I am taking Haritaki since last 18 months in order to control my Uric Acid levles. I have not got any Gout attack since last 18/months. But I feel that pain has shifted to my head as I get frequent migraine attacks.

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Darshini, can you please tell me how much amount of haritaki powder you are consuming daily? As over consumption of haritaki also will cause side effects as it is an astringent...

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  29. Hello.. - after typhiod and due to antibiotics.. I'm suffering from inflammation in intestine..mild ileal colitis..leading to constipation bloating and indigestion..please recommend remedy. Kadukai will help?

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    1. Kadukkai has wonderful anti inflammatory properties and will definitely help, try taking 1/2 tsp of kadukkai powder with hot water for a few days...

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  30. hi ramya,

    could u pls say how to have inji, sukku & kadukkai is it after food or before food

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    1. Inji is advised to be taken in the morning, sukku in the afternoon and kadukkai in the night. Though at home we only consume them as a remedy and not on a daily basis, the three can be taken after meals...

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  31. I,m suffering from ulcerative colitis for 1 year. Please suggest me. Thx.

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    1. I would suggest 4 remedies: Turmeric milk, wheat grass juice, Aloe Vera juice and licorice tea for treating ulcerative colitis. Among these 4 don't consume licorice tea for long periods of time...

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  32. Hi, I am getting urinary tract infection often by ecoli bacteria. Please suggest me. Thanks

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    1. I would suggest drinking barley water for urinary tract infection, it greatly helps. You can find the recipe for barley water here

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  33. Hi Ramya

    Read about kadukkai powder benefits. i am a takayasu vasculitis patient, that is inflammation of my large blood vessels.I am on 5mg steriods which has many side effects mainly weight gain, diabetis. Can i take kadukkai powder to for blood sugar and weight loss. Please suugest your opinion

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  34. Hello Ramya

    i am a vasculitis patient, inflammation in large blood vessels. i am taking steriods. will kadukkai powder help me

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    1. Hi Mam, you can take kadukkai and it will reduce the blood sugar levels but please monitor the blood sugar levels closely as you will be taking both blood sugar medications and kadukkai together. It also has anti inflammatory properties and it is can be taken safely for long duration's. But I would kindly suggest mentioning it to your physician to rule out any drug interactions...

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  35. Hello Ms Ramya

    Could you please tell me if it is ok to consume hariTakki powder every day and make it part of my daily regimen ? Would it have any side effects like loss of energy etc?
    I am a 35 years old male.
    I have consumed it for about 4 months now and do get loose motion on regular basis. Off late, I have experienced severe loss of energy at times even though I eat very healthy and organic.
    Please let me know

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    1. Hi sir, haritaki is a safe herb that can be consumed for longer duration's but like with any herb the dosage is important. If you over consume it, you will experience loose motion. I would suggest cutting down the dosage and also only increase the dosage gradually so the body gets used to it. You can also consult an ayurvedic practitioner for the precise dosage too especially if you are planning on taking it for long duration's...

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  36. Hi, I am on an inhaler which inhibits gut movement & causes csevere constipation,dry mouth & throat.Can I take kadukkai powder & in what dose?
    Thanks

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    1. Kadukkai also leads to dryness of the body so I would suggest taking kadukkai only after consulting an ayurvedic physician...

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  37. Respected Madam,
    What happens if a tea spoon of kadukkai powder is taken after alchol in the night before going to bed.

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    1. Alcohol is a diuretic and kadukkai powder is generally never advised for people who experience excessive thirst or dryness as it as an astringent and especially not along with alcohol. Though it will not cause any negative side effects immediately, kadukkai powder should never be consumed along with alcohol...

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  38. Please tell me meaning of kadukkai powder in Telugu or English

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