Haritaki Scientific Name

Terminalia chebula

Most common name of Haritaki


Haritaki Other Names

English: Chebulic Myrobalan
Hindi: Harad, Harade, Har
Other Name: Haleel, Anniley, Ordo, Manahi and more

What is Haritaki?

Haritaki or Harad, also known as ‘King of Medicines’, for its extraordinary therapeutic values. The word Haritaki comes from “Harati” which means effectively cure diseases and “Takati” which denotes the property to make human body shine.
It is mainly found in India up to an altitude of 1500 meters.
As per Tibetan literature, the whole tree can be used for its therapeutic properties. The roots help clear diseases of the bone, stems are helpful in treaing muscle diseases, bark is useful in treating skin-related diseases, branches help treat vascular disorders, leaves are used in treating visceral diseases and the fruit helps to maintain the health of vital organs like heart.

Common forms of Haritaki


Haritaki is commonly used for:

Haritaki Dosage

Powder: ½ – 1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

Haritaki Side-effects and Warnings

Common side effects: Not known.
Not so common side effects: Not known.
Pregnant or Nursing mothers: Not known.
Children: Not known.
1. Consuming without consultation or over consumption can lead to diarrhoea, inflames or sore mouth, dehydration, fever, tight jaw and weakness.
2. As it reduces blood sugar, people who are prescribed sugar reducing medicine should consult a doctor before consuming haritaki.
3. Doctor must be consulted before consumption for pregnant women and lactating mothers.

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Chandrashoor (Garden Cress)

Chandrashoor Scientific Name

Lepidium Sativum

Chandrashoor Other Names

English: Aliv seeds, Garden Cress, Garden Pepper Cress
French: Cresson de Fontaine
Hindi: Chansoor, Chandrashoor, Halim
Sanskrit: Chandrika, Bhandra, Nadini, Karvi

What is Chandrashoor?

This herb belongs to the mustard family and commonly known as Aliv seeds. The consumption of seeds is found to be helpful in treating bloating, amenorrhoea and irregular menstrual period cycles. The seeds are known to be effective in strengthening bones and muscles, especially boosting body height during teenage growth spurt).
For women Aliv seeds are considered as Galactogogues that improve breast milk production in lactating mothers. When taken by men, it helps in vitality and improves semen and sperm quality and quantity. It can also be applied externally as a paste to relieve pain, wounds with worm infestation, and treats skin disorders that cause itching.

Common forms of Chandrashoor

Powder, Seeds, Fresh Leaves

Chandrashoor is commonly used for:

  • Treating Anaemia
  • Bloating and Constipation
  • High blood pressure
  • Gout
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Diarrohoea & Dysentery

Chandrashoor Dosage

Powder: 2 to 3 gm twice a day

Chandrashoor Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Gastrointestinal problems in people who are allergic to mustard oil.
Not so common side-effects: Not recommended for people who suffer from frequent urination.
Pregnant women: Not recommended as it stimulates uterine contractions and can abort pregnancy.
Children: Not known
Garden cress seeds can interfere with iodine absorption and can cause thyroid dysfunction

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Shankhpushpi Scientific Name

Convolvulus Pluricaulis

Shankhpushpi Other Names

English: Morning-Glory, Speed Wheel, Aloe weed, Bindweed and Asian pigeonwings
Sanskrit: Mangalyakushuma

What is Shankhpushpi?

Recognized in Ayurveda as a herb which boosts intellect and memory, Shankhapushpi treats memory-related dysfunctions. Studies have found Shankhpushi to be effective as anti-depressant and rich in anti-oxidants. Its biological affects are attributed to Naturally occurring organic compounds like alkaloids, flavonoids and coumarins.

Common forms of Shankhpushpi

Powder, Tablet, Capsule, Juice & Syrup

Shankhpushpi is commonly used for:

Shankhpushpi Dosage

Powder: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon twice a day for adults.
Tablet / Capsule: 1 or 2 tablets twice a day for adults.
Juice: 2 to 4 teaspoon twice a day for adults.
Syrup: 20 ml with water after meals, twice a day for adults.

Shankhpushpi Side-effects and Warnings

Common side effects: None reported.
Not so common side effects: None reported.
Pregnant or Nursing mothers: Not recommended.
Children: Unknown.
1. Do not consume more than 3 to 5 grams within 24 hours.
2. Avoid if you suffer from Low Blood Pressure.

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Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)

Ashwagandha Scientific Name

Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha Other Names

English: Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng
Chinese: PinYin: Shui Qie
French: Cerise d’Hiver
Hindi: Asgandh

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a plant that belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family and has been classified as Adaptogen (a non-toxic plant component that helps the body resist almost all kinds of stressors like weather, chemical, physical or biological.)
It is one of the most powerful herb and is known for restorative benefits and is prescribed to people for strengthening their immune system.
Numerous studies indicate that ashwagandha has anti-anxiety effects and helps reduce cortisol levels. It has been found to have helped people in reducing insomnia, fatigue and depression-related symptoms.​
Extract of the Root is the most common used part of the plant.

Common forms of Ashwagandha

Powder, Capsules

Ashwagandha is commonly used for:

Ashwagandha Dosage

300 mg twice daily after food for 60 days.

Ashwagandha Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not known.
Safety Claim: It’s considered safe for up to 3 months of use. Long-term use and it’s safety is not known.
Pregnant or Nursing mothers: Not known.
Children: Not known.

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