Tuesday, 7 October 2014

9 Top Benefits, Uses & Side Effects of Haritaki | Kadukkai | Karakkaya | Harad For Health, Hair & Skin

 

 

This fruit commonly called Haritaki | Harad in Hindi, Kadukkai in Tamil, Karakkaya in Telugu, Harde Whole | Ink Nut in English, Katukkai in Malayalam, Alalekaayi in Kannada, Harade in Gujarati, Hirada in Marathi, Horitaki in Bengali and Har in Punjabi is truly a medical wonder and has many health benefits and medicinal uses. It's botanical name is Terminalia Chebula. It treats a wide variety of diseases and is an ingredient that we first resort to for treating most of the small ailments at home. Haritaki has been regarded very highly from ancient times by traditional healers and it is rightly called the mother of herbs. It is widely used in ayurvedic medicine and it is also one of the three ingredients of the famous triphala which by itself signifies it's importance in ayurvedic medicine. Haritaki has got anti inflammatory, analgesic, antiulcerogenic, antioxidant, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti carcinogenic, anti viral, astringent, anti aging, anti arthritic, anti microbial, hypoglycemic, anti pyretic and hypolipidemic properties. Actually the amount of diseases haritaki can cure is astonishing, it is used for treating arthritis, dental problems like caries and bleeding gums, skin problems like acne and eczema, for healing wounds, for neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer's, for constipation and shrinking hemorrhoids when used externally, for treating ulcers very effectively, for treating and preventing kidney stones, for improving digestion, for treating cough, sore throat and headache, for treating eye inflammations when used as an eye rinse, for improving immunity, for treating fever along with reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels! No wonder it is called the mother of all herbs :). I always have haritaki at home and we use it extensively in my home remedies. Last week, my brother in law was suffering loss of sensation in the tongue. He was complaining that he couldn't feel any taste at all in his mouth and this problem was going on for almost a month. I made a mouth rinse with haritaki and asked him to rinse his mouth with it twice daily for 10 days. Within a few days, he said he was feeling better and by the end of the 10 days, he had completely gotten back his sense of taste. How To Use Haritaki: You can take haritaki internally in the form of haritaki powder | haritaki churna | kadukka podi, you can easily buy the powder from the markets or make your own at home. Externally you can apply the paste of the fruit or you can make an infusion by boiling the pounded fruit with water and use. Haritaki Dosage: Usually 5 grams of haritaki powder is the daily dosage for adults but I would suggest slowly increasing the dosage overtime. Haritaki can be taken for long duration's without any side effects as it has low toxicity but if you are on any medications please consult an ayurvedic doctor for the correct dosage. Haritaki is one ingredient that everyone should have in their home, it will always come in handy. While buying haritaki make sure to buy matured ones and sun dry it till crisp and then store in an airtight box. Haritaki stores well and can be stored in an airtight box for almost 6 months to 1 year....

 

1. HARITAKI FOR WEIGHT LOSS:

                                 Haritaki is known to remove toxins from the body and keeps the digestive system in peak order. It prevents bloating sensation, acidity and helps in proper assimilation of food. Haritaki is a natural blood purifier and it helps to remove the toxins in the body. Consuming haritaki will regulate the hunger and combined together with a sensible diet and exercise will aid in weight loss naturally.

2. HARITAKI FOR HAIR LOSS:

                         In certain parts of India, haritaki oil is used on the hair to prevent lice infection and dandruff. They use it as a daily application hair oil. To make this oil, heat a cup of coconut oil in a pan and add the 3 haritaki pods. Once it has turned brown and the outer shell cracks, switch off the flame, let cool and store it in a glass bottle. Use this oil regularly to prevent lice infection and dandruff. This oil effectively treats hair loss too. Haritaki can also be used in hair packs, it can be ground along with curry leaf powder, amla powder and yogurt to form a paste and then applied on the hair.

3. HARITAKI FOR COUGH IN INFANTS & ADULTS:

                     Haritaki is amazing for treating cough in both adults and infants. Powder haritaki finely and mix it with honey and give it to the babies for 2 to 3 days. Some infants might vomit when they consume haritaki for the first time, that is normal and one need not worry about it. They will get used to it very soon. A big pinch (around 2 gms) for children around 3 to 6 years. A small pinch (around 1 gm) for children between 1 to 3 years. This remedy will treat cough very effectively. Try not to use haritaki powder continuously for children without medical supervision.

4. HARITAKI FOR CONSTIPATION:

                                   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 fiber 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. Stock up on this natural laxative and use it whenever you suffer from constipation. To make the remedy, break the haritaki, remove the seeds and sun dry the haritaki 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 haritaki powder. Drink it once it comes to lukewarm temperature before going to bed. You will find yourself free from constipation the next day morning. We do get haritaki powder in the markets but I prefer making it on my own as it is very effective when freshly ground.

5. HARITAKI FOR SKIN:

                      Haritaki effectively treats skin allergies in the ears caused by earrings. Gold and silver earrings doesn't produce any allergies. But metal earrings will not agree with everyone as some of these metal earrings contain nickel. Some times if we wear these earrings for longer duration, the earlobes turn itchy, red and swollen. For this problem haritaki is the best answer. Just take a haritaki and rub it on the sandalwood stone with little boiled water. You have to rub it hard as the skin of the haritaki is hard. The paste is light green in color. Take this paste and apply on the affected area. Usually it gives good relief from pain and swellings due to allergies.

6. HARITAKI FOR ACNE:

                  Haritaki has got antibacterial properties making it very effective for treating acne. A simple paste made with haritaki powder and boiled water when applied on acne heals acne very quickly and prevents scars from forming. Another wonderful use of haritaki is UV protection, haritaki extract when applied on the skin topically prevents UV damage very effectively and this use has been proven through clinical research.

7. HARITAKI FOR ACIDITY:
                  
                     Haritaki is known to cure all stomach related problems from acidity and indigestion to constipation very effectively. Haritaki increases the mucus production in the stomach forming a protective barrier thus preventing acidity and ulcer. To use haritaki powder as a remedy, take around 1/4 tsp of haritaki powder and mix it in hot water and drink till the problem disappears.

8. HARITAKI FOR DIABETES:

                      A study was conducted regarding the effect of herbs on diabetic patients. They found that haritaki decreases insulin sensitivity and helps to regulate the blood sugar levels in the body effectively. The interesting thing was many of the diabetic medicines had some side effects along with regulating the blood sugar levels whereas haritaki did not have any side effects at all. But diabetic patients should consult a medical professional before taking haritaki daily on a regular basis.

9. HARITAKI FOR MOUTH ULCERS:


Haritaki has anti cariogenic properties and can be used for most of the dental problems especially mouth ulcers and bleeding gums. The best way to use haritaki for treating it is by making a mouth rinse with it, haritaki mouth rinse treats mouth ulcers very effectively. Having mouth ulcers can be very painful. Mouth ulcers makes eating very difficult and it affects both young and old. I was surprised to learn that one out of five adults suffer from mouth ulcers. Citrus and certain acidic fruits like strawberries and figs worsen the condition. For making the mouth rinse, pound kadukkai using a mortar and pestle. Don't pound it too finely, just break the outer covering. Then boil the broken haritaki with a cup of water. The color of the water will change to dull yellow color. Cool this infusion and rinse your mouth with the infusion several times a day. This mouth ulcer home remedy usually gives good relief. The mouth rinse can be safely used by children too.

HARITAKI SIDE EFFECTS:


        Pregnant women should be cautious taking haritaki as they might cause certain complications. As mentioned earlier diabetic patients also should be careful before taking haritaki regularly as it reduces blood sugar levels so the blood sugar levels should be monitored closely. For young children haritaki should only be given under medical supervision if planning on giving it for longer duration......


301 comments:

  1. Hi Nalini,
    Kadukkai improves our digestion, helps in proper assimilation of food, treats constipation and remove the toxins from the body which are all vital for healthy weight loss. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it will aid in weight loss. To use, take around 3 to 4 pinches of kadukkai powder along with water daily along with a healthy diet and exercise.

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    1. Hi were do I find this . kadukkai can u send me the link .

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    2. You can find kadukkai in country medical shops (naatu marunthu kadai in Tamil). You can also order it through online shops, here is a link: amazon.in

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  2. Dear Ramya, Thanks for the home remides. It always help me.hema

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  3. I've been using kadukkai powder for several months and has helped me relieve constipation. But in the market 2 colours of the powder are available - green and brown. which one is genuine. Pl. clarify.

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    1. I am very sorry for the late reply. There are 7 varieties of haritaki and they all vary in color & size. I think the color change depends on the variety of fruit the powder is made from. Please check on the packet whether they have mentioned the variety of the haritaki that it has got from...

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  4. Madam, Namaste.
    My question is, Is it safe to take harritaki powder daily for constipation?or is there any side effect of it while consuming daily?I am taking Udarkalp Churn of Patanjali Ayurveda.There are so many naturalremedies in it..So i wanted to know for very long.Please Reply.Thank you..

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    1. Namaste Sir, As far as I researched haritaki powder is safe to be consumed everyday for long term without any side effects....

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  5. Is there any harm taking haritika powder two tea spoon with water every night for long period to relieve constipation?

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    1. As far as I know haritaki powder can be safely consumed for a longer duration, only pregnanat women and diabetics should be careful about taking it regularly...

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  6. Dear Mam,

    Previously (6+ months) I am using Kadukkai daily in my activities, right now my pregnancy has been confirmed, Please advice me will it be harmful for me of intake Kadukkai, reason for asking this even after the article said it clearly, I want a confident answer for me for intaking kadukkai even at pregnancy.

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    1. Hi Mega, Congrats on your pregnancy! Please stop taking kadukkai during your pregnancy. In fact you should be cautious of taking any herb without knowing whether it 100% safe during pregnancy....

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    2. Is it okay to use harda powder iff you want to conceive baby after a year.

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  7. Whats problem for diabetics, talking harder Plz send replay

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    1. Haritaki is very effective in reducing the blood sugar levels so if you are taking diabetic medications, you should monitor the blood sugar levels very closely and often...

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    2. What about high sugar levels like 400? Can we take it with allobathy medicines ?

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    3. You can take haritaki while taking alopathy medicines but when planning on taking both allopathy medicines and haritaki for diabtetes, I would suggest strongly to do it only under medical supervision as you have to monitor the blood sugar levels closely....

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  8. My mother is a hypothyroid, she feels sour taste in mouth often, burning in throat, she don't have constipation. please suggest how kadukai can help her to improve digestion and how much and when to take.

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    1. Hi Shilpa, 1/2 tsp haritaki powder after lunch will work well, mix it in water and give for a week...

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  9. I live in the US and I have a severe cold and cough, where can I buy HARITAKI Fruit in USA

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    1. Ask for harde whole in herb shops or for haritaki in Indian shops...

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  10. What is the DAILY dosage of Haritaki is typically used for adults,
    by that I mean the QUANTITY of Haritaki , is it 1 fruit per day and if its powder how many grams of powder is good for daily intake
    can I mix Haritaki powder in water or fruit juice and drink it. Thank you

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    1. Usually 2 to 5 grams of the haritaki powder is considered the safe dosage. You can consume the powder mixed with honey...

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  11. Which part of kadukkai should I be eating ? My weight is only in tummy area, will it help ? Is it better to eat twice a day in empty stomach early morning n evening ?

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    1. Try haritaki | kadukkai powder, kadukkai has been proven to reduce the cholesterol levels. Usually the dosage is around 1 to 5 grams of the powder once a day, I would suggest visiting an ayurvedic doctor as he would suggest the correct dosage depending on your current weight and body type...

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  12. Kadukkai powder is no doubt a superb natural remedy for several ailments, more particularly constipation. But its nature or potency is hot, I feel. It would be better to compensate for it by consuming a natural herb of cold potency. I would be happy if Ms.Ramya can clarify. I am taking kadukai powder in the night and observing its heat effects, I now take soaked methi in water in the morning. Pl. clarify if what I am doing is right. --- VP.Prabhakar

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    1. Haritaki's potency is hot and that is why in hot country like our especially during summer it was advised to take it along with jaggery. It also depends on the body type of the person who is taking it....

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    2. mam . . I heard that kadukai leads to men's impotent issue , is that true ??

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

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  13. I have recently been eating and making a juice and drinking haritaki seeds for about a month. I have noticed that my menstrual cycle has not happened since. I have been tested for pregnancy and I am not pregnant. I am wanting to know has anyone had any similar side effects from ingesting Haritaki

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    1. Hi Prima, The dosage of haritaki is important, the usual dosage is around 1 tsp. What dosage are you taking?

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  14. Hi, I have an autoimmune that effects my sinuses I've lost my sense of smell and taste due to chronic inflammation what do you suggest. I've been drinking the haritaki in distilled water from recommendation but its not helping also I've been using the neem oil in my sinuses to no avail, PLEASE HELP!!!

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    1. A few months back, my cousin lost his sense of taste, I boiled the pounded haritaki in water and asked him to gargle with it for a week, it really worked for him. I would also suggest you try oil pulling regularly, it will greatly help in getting back the sense of taste. Also try the vitex steam from the blog, it will also greatly help...

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  15. Hi ramya I am using green tea, adding up kadukai powder to chart does it have any side effect with apple cider vinegar or should I leave green tea and ACV, how much time would be taken reduce weight with proper diet

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    1. Hi, I don't know about apple cider vinegar + green ta+ kadukkai combination. But kadukkai does help in lowering the overall cholesterol in as little as 14 days, you can read about the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3255428/

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    2. Hi dear ramya I am taking kaya KALPAM,of (kasthuri manjal,vellai milahu,nelli vathal,& veppam vithu) for the pacst 3 years. In the morning...nowdays I am start taking i tea spoon ofkadukkai at every night..for the past 3 months...will it b any side on me...pls reply...

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    3. Kadukkai can be taken be taken safely for long duration's without any side effects but please don't overdose on kadukkai. If in doubt of the dosage for your body consult an ayurvedic practitioner...

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  16. Dear Ramya,

    While searching about kadukkai, I came across your article and the information the way you had presented is amazing. Thanks for your work. Just a couple of doubts I wanted to get it clear.

    1. My bowel movements are irregular. Please advise if we can use it on regular basis. My doubt is if we consume regularly, do I become a dependant on this Kadukai.

    2. My mother is an asthma patient. I heard in a TV program that phlegm can be controlled when the kadukari powder along with salt is consumed. Please advise if she can consume. she is 60 and not a diabetic.

    3. Please let me know if we can apply kadukai powder paste for treating dandruff.

    Thanks in advance

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    1. 1. I would suggest taking kadukkai powder for a period of 2 to 3 weeks regularly and then use it when needed.
      2. Kadukkai powder can be consumed for treating asthma and your mom can take it.
      3. Kadukkai has been proven to have anti dandruff properties through clinical research and you can you can apply the paste for treating dandruff

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  17. Hi Ramya, is it true the Kadukkai powder can increase oxygen level in the body and also purify the blood ?

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    1. Kadukkai does increase the oxygen levels and helps to purify the blood...

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  18. i brought some haritaki (not power) from market.. which part of that should i eat.? the inside portion or both inside and outside portion

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    1. The outer shell of the haritaki should be consumed ...

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  19. hai ramya madam,
    i used to drink milk with pnang karkandu daily night before to sleep.My doubt is,whether i can take kadukkai powder with warmwater after sometime taking milk.Suggest me and also how kadukkai powder to be used for dandruff.

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    1. You can take haritaki powder after consuming milk. Mix haritaki powder with oil like mentioned in the post and apply on the scalp for treating dandruff...

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  20. Hi ramya, I was asked to take kadukai powder and boil with water and drink twice a day for 48 days.. Unfortunately I'm unable to bare the taste of it. Would it be OK if I mixed the powder in honey and consume it instead? Or will it alter the benefits somehow? Please let me know .. Thank you ..

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    1. Hi, you can take kadukkai powder mixed with honey. Actually it is generally advised to take kadukkai mixed with honey during spring season and it will in no way reduce the health benefits...

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  21. hi ,i bought whole dry kadukkai . How to make it powder? i used the outer pulp , and powdered it. threw away the inner seed. is that correct thing to do? thanks in advance

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    1. Pound the kadukkai with a hammer and remove the inner seed, dry the outer shell well under hot sun covered with a thin mesh and then powder in a dry mixer and store...

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  22. Hi...Madam... if i am taking haritaki power i am getting my ears blocked.. ?pls guide..

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    1. I am sorry I have never heard of haritaki powder causing ear blockage, in fact haritaki is used for preventing all kinds of ear infections...

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  23. Hi Ramya. Can I take tablets of haritaki? Is it beneficial to me as my gall bladder was removed before 6 yrs ?plz help me. I have a problem of continuously weight gain.

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    1. Hi, you can take haritaki tablets daily. As far as I researched taking haritaki will no way be harmful but I would suggest taking the correct dosage.....

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  24. I have 6 weeks old baby who has very bad acid reflux. She make lot of grunting and stretching noise all day long. Please advice if this herb is okay to give on infant? Thank you!

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    1. We generally give a give a combination of three herbs weekly once and we call it kulumai in Tamil. The paste consists of haritaki, Oakgall and nutmeg. This prevents all stomach ailments, I will post about it briefly very soon...

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  25. Hi,
    I live in USA.. is it safe to use haritaki for pre diabatic? My A1C level is little higher than normal. .

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    1. Taking haritaki is safe in fact it has been proven to have anti diabetic activity, you can read about the clinical study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18058598

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  26. Namaste Madam I Am Bijay From Odisha I am A business Owner and also a dj my work to seat 10 hours continuously daily i am suffering from constipation and external piles(No Pain) yet i was taking divya arsh kalp vati but i don't think that it is working. if i use haritaki then will it cure my problems Please suggest mam

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    1. Namaste Sir, Yes haritaki will be useful for treating constipation. Try to get pure haritaki powder and consume it before going to bed...

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  27. Hi madam .my blood insulin level is high . but my sugar normal . but some time it goes low can i have can i have kadukkai. because of this insulin high i have depression anxiety. so can u please help me can i take kadukkai.

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    1. Hi, I would suggest taking triphala powder as it has a good effect in controlling insulin levels....

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    2. Thank u madam . i am under homeopathy treatment. can i have it . my homeopathy docter told me because of my mind problem depression anxiety. i have more insulin. is there any thing to boost my brain function.

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    3. Triphala will help in brain function too, I would suggest taking it for some time...

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  28. Hi Madam Ramya, I have started taking Kadakkai podi for about a week. I swallow 1 teaspoonful of powder followed by plain water before bed. Is it correct or should mix it with hot water? I have prostate problem & runny nose every morning. Thanking you in anticipation.

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    1. Hi Sir, You can consume kadukkai powder as it is like you mentioned but since it is bitter usually it is mixed with hot water or milk or honey and consumed....

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  29. Halo madam, Please correct me if my question is wrong. I heard that consumable of haritaki powder creates sexual disorders. Hence it is not advisable to take before having sex. Is it true madam. Please excuse me if i am wrong

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

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  30. Hello madam

    Do we get loose stools and stomach pain when we start taking the kadukkai powder during the initial days

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    1. Hello Sir, I have not heard of haritaki causing stomach pain as it is always recommended for treating all stomach related problems. but haritaki is a laxative and I would suggest taking the correct dosage to prevent any side effects....

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  31. I came across your blot while researching haritaki.Thank you so much for your selfless service.I live in us and had no issues 6 years ago.After 2009 my health is deutariating western medicine labelled me with fibromyalgi;rhematoid arthritis ;anklolysing artheropathy eventhough my all blood test are boarderline normal.I have muscle pain and if I stand or walk my leg muscles get tight if I do anything with arm my forearm muscle get tight.I have no immunity so if I walk by anyone smoking I get cough and last longer.can taking hartaki after lunch would help me? My body composition is I think vata cougha.please help.I am57 year old woman.I would appreciate if you can please help.

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    1. Hi Mam, In my humble opinion I would suggest that you consider taking ashwagandha as it really boosts immunity and strengthens the muscles, you can read about it in the blog...

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    2. My 2yrs old is suffering from severe constipation and hardness of stook.i have tried many things but nothing works..please suggest a remedy

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    3. My son had infant constipation too but once he stared on solids (fiber rich foods), it went off instantly. I would suggest giving him ragi porridge for breakfast it will greatly help and also try giving him raisin water daily....

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  32. I am 57 year old lady living in us.for last 6 years my health is going down.no immunity so get sick frequently. My muscles get tight and pains if I walk or do housework.neck back arm leg pain.my composition is vata cougha I was told.if I take haritaki after lunch would it help? I vomit a lot I used to work full time now cannot work more than one day a week..please help.

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  33. I am a 57 yr old woman living in the US. For the last 6 years I have had chronic pain in my hips my ankles and many muscles. I have no energy and my blood tests are coming out border line normal yet they are diagnosing me with fibromalgia rheumatoid arthiritis ankolysing arthropathy. Can you help me? Can taking haritaki help? If so how much do I take?

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  34. Hi mam
    my hubby suffers from 'burp'(what we say 'yeppam' in tamil)throughout the day .I am giving him sukku kappi for the past one week.will kadukkai help him from getting rid of burp?

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    1. Haritaki can be used for all the problems of the stomach and you can give it to him. I would also suggest trying the oma water from the blog....

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  35. Taking Small Haritaki powder is V.good for eyes But Care Who Have High B.P. They should use very small Does

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  36. Thank u madam . i am under homeopathy treatment. can i have it . my homeopathy docter told me because of my mind problem depression anxiety. i have more insulin. is there any thing to boost my brain function.

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  37. Hi madam . is there any thing to boost my brain function

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    1. I would suggest brahmi, it boosts brain function and also reduces stress and anxiety. Yo can take it in the form of capsules, you can read about brahmi in the blog...

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  39. I would like to lose weight . I started consuming today with 1 teaspoon. How long should I consume to have better results.

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    1. Haritaki can be consumed for long periods of time without any major side effects but it has to be combined together with exercise and a good diet to really see good results...

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  40. கடுக்காய் பொடி உபயோகிப்பபதால் தலை சுற்றல் மற்றும் ஓவ்வாமை ஏற்படுமா. தயவு செய்து விளக்கமளிக்கவும். மேலும் எனக்கு மலச்சிக்கல் பிரச்சனை உள்ளது.

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    1. Kadukkai powder lowers blood sugar levels so diabetic patients should be careful when taking haritaki as it can further lower the blood sugar levels. I would also suggest increasing the kadukkai powder dosage slowly that way it will be easy to adjust to it very well...

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  41. Hi mam,Its that kadukkapuli or kadukkapodi.Where can i get.....

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    1. It is kadukkai podi, you can get it in country medical shops...

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  42. Hai ramya madam, I am 30 years old. i have been suffering from the worst disease called halitosis for almost 4 years. i have tried so many medicines but none could rectify it. i still afraid of speaking with others, it disgraces me while speaking to others when i see them to close their nose. i have also constipation for 3 years, dry mouth and dry throat. my question is does haritaki help me to cure this disease. pls answer or suggest what should i do. i am a system operator who used to work by sitting.

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    1. You can try haritaki mouth rinse from the blog, it will greatly help. You can make the mouth rinse and use it daily for 2 to 3 days and then make a new batch again. Also try to increase the intake of water daily...

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  43. Hello,
    Would you recommend haritaki for inflammation?
    If so, what about inflammation of the urethra in a male?
    Thanks for your kind advice,

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    1. Haritaki is very useful for treating inflammations and is an analgesic too, you can read about the study proving it here:http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=41900. But I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for inflammation of the urethra and for the correct dosage...

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  44. Hi Ramya Mam how are you?
    I'm muthukumar Your article is very nice and useful.
    I want to know that Haritaki powder can improve the memory power and it can reduce laziness or not and how to use for that please help me Mam. Thanks in advance....

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    1. Hi, I am fine thank you. Kadukkai powder does increase the memory and you can find the study that proves it here: http://www.jbiopharm.com/index.php/ajbps/article/view/283. However for the correct dosage I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician...

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  45. Generally i know from others that by Using Haritki yr bowel comes like diherea. So tht i m afraid of it and taking isabgul but i have some indigestion problem still.wht u suggest?

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    1. I would suggest taking haritaki powder but increase the dosage gradually so your body gets used to it, that way there will be minimal side effects...

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  46. Hello Ma'm,
    I have been taking 1 teaspoon Powdered Baal Harad at night from a week with lukewarm water. After taking that i have vomitting sensations a lot and l also vomitted once . Please help as where am i missing out or what care should i take while consuming that.

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    1. Stop taking it for a few days and then I would suggest slowly increasing the dosage of the harad. Start with 1/8 tsp and if it agrees with your body, increase it again the next week and so on till the required dosage. This will help the body adjust to harad well without any side effects...

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  47. hi ramaya,
    I wish to know for menopause, daily suffering heart palpation and depression anxiety its been over 2yrs. what is your advice.i am weak with muscle and nerves in pain. Before this i have never got sick. but this symptom is very horrifying.
    pls advice.

    rgds

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    1. I am so very sorry for the late reply, I would suggest ashwagandha (you can read about it in the blog) as it greatly helps in menopausal symptoms. You can take it either as a powder or in tablet form. You can also read the study that proves it here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=ashwagandha+for+menopause&cmd=DetailsSearch

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    2. Madam,
      Aswagandha or Sathavari is the best to coop with menopause. Is there any difference ?
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    3. Hi sir, both ashwagandha and shaavari are good but shatavari is considered the best for treating menopausal symptoms. Ashawagandha strengthens and reduces inflammation, shatavari rejuvenates and increases vitality. It is especially very useful for treating hot flashes, excessive sweating, etc...

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  48. My wife is having all types of dihorea and loose motion for the past one month and tried all English medicines and siddha and still not under control. Whether she can use Haritaki powder to get cured.

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    1. Hi sir, I would suggest sweet flag roots | vasambu | Acorus Calamus roots for her, it will greatly help, you can read about it in the blog...

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    2. Hi mam, I have severe bloating and gas problems. My bowel movements' are very bad. It is making noises once after I eat. I work in a very quoit place. My stomach noises are very audible to everyone. It is really very embarrassing. Will haritaki powder helps me. Kindly advise how to get rid of this

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    3. Haritaki will help for flatulence but slowly increase the dosage of the haritaki powder so your body gets used to it. Also haritaki will greatly help in treating constipation too..

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  49. Hi Ramya,
    My elders about 55 yrs is having needle prickling sensation all over his body n tightness in his hip n leg muscle.
    Pls adv how can he take haritaki🙏

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    1. I would kindly suggest visiting an ayurvedic physician as he will find the root cause of the problems mentioned and then give the proper dosage accordingly...

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  50. Hai mam,my daughter is 12years old.she is having crohns disease(iinflammatory bowel disease).she is on medication.Ihave started giving her kadukkai podi powder.is it ok.my ddaughtet have lost 15kg. i want her to gain weight.

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    1. Hi Mam, I would suggest giving any herbs including haritaki for crohn's disease only after consulting a health care professional...

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  51. Hi Mam, can a person with High BP take kadukkapodi daily.
    Will it have any effect on the blood preassure.

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    1. You can take haritaki, it helps lowering the blood pressure....

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  52. Hi Madam, how do we take the powder? Do we boil it and drink or just mix with cold water and drink? Please advice

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    1. You can take haritaki powder mixed with honey or with warm water. Pour lukewarm water over the haritaki powder, mix well and drink...

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  53. Hi Madam, I am still not sure. do we eat the inside fruit of kadukkai or the outer shell after making it into powder form. can you please give me the correct info. TQ

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    1. The inside seed of kadukkai is removed and the remaining shell is powdered and used for medicinal purposes...

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  54. Hi Mam,Kadukkai good for heart health?

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    1. Yes, kadukkai is very good for heart health..

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  55. Madam, Where can i get kadukkai podi in chennai, i am from Mumbai

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    1. You can get kadukkai podi in country medical stores (naatu marunthu kadai). You can also easily order kadukkai powder online here: amazon.in

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  56. Vanakam madam , i want to know how to cleanse the haritaki before use.(appadi suthi seivathu athavathu dhosam illamel seivathu) first we must remove the dhosa than only we can consume the product after cleanse it . Because that is siddhas vakku. Pls tell me . Thank you madam

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    1. Vanakam Mam, I have always used haritaki as it is and have never followed any cleansing procedure so I don't know about it...

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  57. Hi, my father having diarrhoea on next day when he consume kadukkai podi at night before got to bed..the main purpose he took that podi is to increase the oxygen level in blood. Besides that his lungs covered with phlegm all the time.will this help him out?

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    1. Kadukkai can be used for removing phlegm too. I would suggest decreasing the dosage of kadukkai powder to prevent diarrhea and increase it to the desired dosage overtime so the body gets used to it...

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  58. MAM my friend told me that he takes kadukai powder every night , After consuming alcohol so no toxins rest in his body is it true / safe ?

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    1. Though Kadukkai is a very good blood purifier, it has got astringent properties and I would suggest not consuming it after alcohol...

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  59. Hi all plz suggest am having the acidity problem can I take the kadukai power daily basis after dinner. And how to take this power in hot water r normal water..

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    1. You can take haritaki for acidity problem. Take haritaki powder along with warm water, you can add rock candy to sweeten it too...

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    2. You can take haritaki for acidity problem. Take haritaki powder along with warm water, you can add rock candy to sweeten it too...

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  60. Hi Mam, my friend was telling he takes kadukai podi every night after consuming alcohol to de toxing is it true / safe ?

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  61. Hi, can it be taken by a dialysis patient?

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    1. Though haritaki is beneficial for kidney diseases I would suggest taking it only after consulting an ayurvedic physician...

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  62. Dear madam last month I took blood test h pylori positive already I took the medicine but Iam not well so I ll take the haritaki is good for that bacteria infection Iam waiting for your answer

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    1. Hi Sir, I am sorry for the late reply. Haritaki has been proven to beneficial in treating all bacterial infections, you can read the study that proves it here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11463533?dopt=Abstract. I would suggest you take haritaki powder, it will work well...

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  63. Hello Madam,

    I started using Haritaki powder (i grated the nut) < 1/4th spoon with Honey for my daughter (3 yr old) for Cough with Phlegm (flum) for 3 days. When ever i use she is feeling much better for 3 weeks. Again slowly it starts the cough with phlegm and running nose. I am much worried about the dosage. I really appreciate your help if you can educate me with the right dosage (for kids and adults).

    Thanks,
    Sushma

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    1. Dear Sushma, Though haritaki is a wonderful herb, young children should only consume it under medical supervision as they will guide you better with the precise dosage depending on her body type. I would also suggest you try the krishna tulsi syrup from the blog for her, it is very effective for cold and cough...

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  64. Hello Ramya Venkateshwaran Ma'am, I've been following your blog....you are doing wonderful service. I have read about the health benefits of Haritaki powder and Tripala churna. I am 37 year old female having sinus, dust allergy, mucus blocks my throat while speaking, severe hair fall almost bald on top, slightly obese also. I would like to know which one is best suited for me (Haritaki or Tripala or both). If both when and how many times to consume? Is there anything else do I need to take along?! kindly suggest.

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    1. I would suggest triphala as it contains haritaki too, it will greatly help improve immunity. I would also suggest consulting an ayurvedic practitioner as he will be able to guide you precisely on the dosage depending on your body...

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  65. Hi Ramya,
    I am regularly taking one ayurvedic tablet for constipation at night time with warm milk, this tablet contains haritaki, indravaruni and shuddha gandhak choorna etc..
    Is there any long term side effects of taking this daily..

    Please advice..

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    1. I am very sorry, I am not familiar with this combination of herbs...

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    2. hello a am an endurance athlete facing lung problem due to high intensity training i am having shortness of breath and inflammation in mu lings due to heavy training as a result it has become difficult to breathe fully moreover there is a slight pain when i am able to breathe fully
      please provide me with an ayurvedic solution otherwise doctors advised to take inhaler please help me mam i will we very thankful
      also mam if there are ayurvedic medicines to improve my performance please tell as i can use it to improve my performance.
      thanks mam

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    3. Hi Udbhav, I am very sorry for the late reply. Though I don't know any remedy for sports induced asthma, we do use a remedy for asthma. I would suggest you give it a try. I am not sure how well it will help in your performance but it will greatly help in reducing the inflammation. Here is the remedy: Take equal quantities of licorice root, long pepper and bibhitaki (after removing the seed) and powder it as finely as you can. Now take about 2 tsps of the powder and boil it along with 500 ml of water till it reduces to about 300 ml. Drink about 100 ml of this decoction 2 times (morning and evening)for 3 to 5 days. Please let me know how you feel after using this remedy and don't use it continuously for more than a week....

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  66. Dears can any body know price of kadukai in chennai

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    1. Rs 20 for 50gms in country herb shop

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  67. Hi Madam, May I know what it is called in Telugu, Kdakkai,pl let me know.tq

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  68. Hi
    Is kadukkai useful for sexual life?

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    1. Taking kadukkai in a proper dose for short periods of time helps...

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  69. Hi Ramya...will kadukkai bring down/control high bp...if not,what is the alternative plz.Because of it,had a minor stroke,leading to double vision/diplopia...plz suggest

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    1. Hi sir, Haritaki has been proven through research to have blood pressure lowering ability but I would suggest consulting a doctor for determining the correct dosage for you...

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    2. Hi Ramya..I'm diagonised with pemphigus vulgaris...do u know of any remedy in ayurveda for this

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    3. Hi, I am sorry I don't know any remedy for it. I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician he will be able to guide you better...

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  70. Thanks very much Ramya...would be grateful if you could suggest some remedy/herb to bring down,high bp...would be grateful plz.

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    1. Hi sir, I would suggest taking either haritaki or triphala powder daily as they help reduce blood pressure and they also have very very few side effects...

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  71. What about cholesterol

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    1. Haritaki | kadukkai also reduces cholesterol levels, you can read the study that proves it here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25625850

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  72. Can take haritaki together with seeds
    Madam?

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    1. Please don't use the haritaki seeds, use the outer shell alone...

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    2. Hi,
      I have a throat condition for the last 40 yrs. where I have to constantly keep clearing my throat, since I feel that there is some phlegm that is constantly forming in my throat that I am unable to swallow and have to try in vain to clear. The sensation of difficulty in swallowing saliva is also a constant irritant. I also catch a cold easily and when this happens a blood test reveals a high eosinophile count.I have tried allopathy and homeopathy but nothing worked.Finally, my doctor prescribed "ebasil 10mg", and "singulair 10 mg" one pill morning and the other before bedtime. This improves the "easily-catching-cold" problem, but the throat clearing problem persists. The doctor probihits continuous use.Can you suggest some ayurvedic or home remedy

      Krishnan, Chennai

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  73. hello madam ,

    am trying to get pregnant .. am suffering from PCOS . can i take kadukai

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    1. You can take haritaki for treating PCOS. In fact triphala in which haritaki is an ingredient is very effective for treating PCOS. I would suggest considering taking triphala for treating PCOS...

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  74. Hi Ramya mam I am prathosh from Chennai .been suffering from constipation since childhood on and off .I am aged 30 yrs now .seems its intensity of constipation increased few months .it's very hard .straining manual evacuation .daily spending lot of time in this .gas .bloating if waste not cleared .I eat normal simple veg food only .does haritaki will help me in curing this constipation permanently and restore normal health in a month .pls share your inputs.also bec of constipation .frequent indigestion happening .whatever simple I eat also digests slowly or stomach is full .

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  75. Hello Remyaji, i'm using kadukka, My doubt is it reduce the sexual performance or sexual attraction or any problem with sex while using kadukka?

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

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  76. Dear Ramya Madam,

    I have a problem like the Uric acid level in my blood sudden goes up and because of that i am getting sever pain in my toe joints. When consulted with the doctor, he says its a kind of "Gout". Will Kadukkai helps me to resolve my issue. Please advise.

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    1. Kadukkai will bring down the uric acid levels if consumed, follow the dosage given in the packet. Some of the other herbs that brings down uric levels are guggul and giloy..

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  77. Hi Ramya,
    I have a 7 yrs old daughter with poor bowel movements. Can I give her the kadugai powder to improve? What will be the dosage?
    Pls advise. Thanks

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    1. It is best to give haritaki only under medical supervision for children. I would also kindly suggest first trying our regular foods before giving herbs as she is still very young. A bowl of papaya or a red banana before going to bed will greatly help. If she refuses to eat them, you can also try ragi porridge, in my experience if we give children foods that are high in fiber (most of our traditional foods) they will easily get over the problem....

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  78. MDM I am 65 yrs old.I have high blood pressure for sometime now. I am avoiding Western medicine.Can you please recommend me some herb remedy

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    1. Hi, Sir Sarpagandha is usually recommended for reducing blood pressure and I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage...

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  79. Madam my sister is little dark . Can this kadukkai be used for improving complexion

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    1. Kadukkai will help improve the complexion...

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  80. Will kadukkai helps to decrease the uric acid level in blood. Pleas suggest.

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    1. Kadukkai does decrease the uric acid level in blood..

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  81. Hello Madam,
    I have two questions to ask - 1) My father(58 y.o.) is taking haritaki powder since few days for constipation. He is also suffering from high BP as well as diabetes. So is it safe for him to intake haritaki daily, if not then for how many days he should consume. 2) I am 28 y.o., also taking haritaki powder since few days as it purifies blood. Can I take it regularly or will I get dependent on it and will have problem with motions later on. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks a lot!

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    1. 1. Haritaki is safe to be consumed by your father and will have a positive impact on his blood sugar levels and it will reduce blood pressure too. But since he is already on medications it will lower the blood sugar levels way too much so haritaki should only be strictly taken under medical supervision. 2. If you are not diabetic or have blood pressure or very thin then you can consume haritaki for longer duration's of time. But please don't overdose on haritaki and gradually increase the dosage overtime....

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  82. Hi mam i got to know of my arthritis a week ago ...rheumatoid arthritis.will kaduka podi can help me in any way.

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  83. Hi mam I got know of rheumatoid arthritis a week ago .will kaduka podi can help me in any way?

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  84. Is kadukkai power good to treat Piles (internal). If yes, please explain how to take it and how often to take it

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  85. hello ramya madam,i m g.n.parekh 56,suffering from eridicyclisis that is infllamation in eye at time of season change.i have to go for optho.treatment of steroid at the time. i have started taking haritaki for last four years. is there any ayurvedic drug ishould take?

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  86. hello Ramaya , i am a diabetic and i am facing from penis yeast infection.is this medicine will b helpfull????
    please suggest as it is going verry tough

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  87. hello ramya madam,i m g.n.parekh 56, suffering from eridocyclicis that is infllamation in eye at the time of season change.at the time ihave to go for treatment of steroid. i have started taking haritaki for last four years. what is your opinion. should i take any ayurvedic drug.

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  88. Hello madam ramya, I m G.N.Parekh, suffering from eridocyclics that is inflamation in eye at the time of season change. I have started taking harde since the last four years. Is there any other ayurvedic drug should I take?

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  89. Hello madam ramya, I m G.N.Parekh, suffering from eridocyclics that is inflamation in eye at the time of season change. I have started taking harde since the last four years. Is there any other drugs / dravya I should take?

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  90. Hi madam
    How to use kadukkai for acne problem

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  91. Hi madam
    How to use kadukai for acne

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  92. Hi Ramya,

    I am suffering from foreskin pinile infection since a month with white cheesy coating under the foreskin every day with inflemation and redness.
    So can I use harithaki powder to cure this problem.

    Please suggest me.

    Thanks,
    Raghu USA

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  93. Hi Ramya,

    Can I use Harithaki powder for pinile foreskin infection? I am suffering from foreskin infection from a month with cheesy white coated stuff every morning when I go for both with swollen foreskin with redness.

    Please suggest me.

    Thanks,
    Raghu, USA

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  94. Can Haritaki be taken mixed with honey and folded in a betel leaf after lunch and dinner and will it help clear heart blocks

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  95. Hello
    I want to buy Kaddukai podi but Amazon can´t ship it to me in Sweden. I did not find it here in the healt shops either. Can you buy it somewhere else??
    Greatful for your reply:)
    /Aisha

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  96. Hello again
    never mind my previous comment. I found a internet shop here in Sweden where i can buy it.
    LOVE AND LIGHT :)

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  97. hello ramya madam, i m g.n.parekh,56,suffering from eridocyclisis that is inflamation in eye due to season change. at that time I have to go for steroid alopethic treatment.I have started taking haritaki since last for years.will you suggest me any ayurvedic drug or it is ok?

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  98. Hello Ramya

    Can I use kadukkai powder with Luke warm water before bedtime for pinile foreskin infection (Balanitis). Please suggest

    I am having foreskin inflammation under foreskin white cheesy coating happen every morning.

    Thanks, Raghu

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  99. Can this be given to children on a regular basis? Because it has a mixed effects in sexual life. Also I heard old people in our home says it should not be given to boys as it reduces the sexual feel. Is it true?

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  100. Madam

    I have problem of anxiety, ejaculation and erection problem

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