All seven types of haritaki fruit have their own unique look, flavor and benefits as well as anthraquinone-like (laxative) chemicals, tannins and astringents. Haritaki fruit is part of triphala, the three-fruit formula in Ayurveda. It is generally administered in triphala form rather than by itself to draw upon its tonic effects.
Haritaki has been shown to nourish tissues, particularly the heart, liver, and kidney. It is used to treat diseases of the eye (both internally and externally). In addition, Haritaki, by blocking the ability to utilize sugars, may help to eliminate bacteria and have cholesterol-lowering qualities.
Haritaki is a common herbaceous plant, which is very extensively used in the preparation of many ayurvedic medicines. Ayurvedic treatment is the traditional Indian system of treatment followed by the ancient scholars of medicine for many thousands of years. This type of medicinal treatment involves the practice of holistic methods of treatment that involves maintaining and promoting health through diet and regulated life style.