HARITAKI, though its taste is very astringent and unpleasant, is one of—if not the most—important Ayurvedic herb. It is a rejuvenative for Vata, regulating Kapha and only aggravating Pitta in excess. It feeds the brain and the nerves and imparts the energy of Shiva (pure awareness). Haritaki is an effective astringent and gargle for ulcerated surfaces and membranes. It regulates the colon and, according to dosage, corrects either constipation or diarrhea. It improves digestion and absorption, promotes voice and vision, and aids in longevity. Haritaki increases wisdom and intelligence. It raises prolapse of the organs and checks excessive discharges, including cough, sweating, spermatorrhea, menorrhagia, and leucorrhea. It reduces accumulated and congested Vata. Haritaki is the basis for triphala, the three fruits (haritaki, amalaki and bibhitaki), and is one of the main Ayurvedic compounds. Triphala is the best laxative and bowel tonic; a balanced rasayana, and an effective astringent for external use. Haritaki is rejuvenative for Vata; amalaki for Pitta; bibhitaki for Kapha. The conditions indicated under these three herbs can be treated by this compound.