Haritaki is a deciduous tree, native to India, Nepal, China and other regions of southern Asia. The herb is named Haritaki in Sanskrit, but is also known by its botanical name Terminalia Chebula, Chebulic Myrobalan and Yellow Myrobalan. Haritaki grows up to 100 feet and the trunk can be up to 3 feet in diameter. Haritaki is predominantly harvested for its nut-like fruit, which is dark in color, ovalish and approximately 2 inches wide.
Haritaki fruit is known to have many uses in Ayurveda. The peel may be used to support the nose, throat and respiratory system. The flesh of Haritaki fruit is used for digestive and restorative health. Haritaki is best known for its role as one of the key ingredients in the Indian digestive formula, Triphala, but is also taken alone as a dietary supplement for boosting energy, supporting digestion and promoting longevity.