Haritaki is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and the most revered in Tibetan medicine. It is a parasiticide (intestinal worms) and one of herbs used in preparation for kaya kalpa, Ayurvedic rejuvenative therapy. It is a fruit and one of the three ingredients in triphala. It is the most purgative of the three fruits. It pacifies vata and helps to remove toxins, normalize lipids, and rebuild blood. It can also be used orally as part of a fluoride detoxification program.
Haritaki is one of the best antioxidants in the entire rasayana pharmacopeia and is said to generate a three-fold increase in oxygen supply to the brain within the first day of use. It is available in powder, capsule, tablet, and liquid extract form as well as in combination with the other two fruits in the famous triphala formula.