The Tamil word Kadukkai is also known Haritaki in Sanskrit, and Terminalia chebula in Latin.
Kadukkai is renowned in South India for its remarkable healing properties. It is recommended for many illnesses including:
High blood pressure
Cleansing and detoxing
Kadukkai is the fruit from the tree Terminalia chebula that grows throughout South India at a height of 1000, 1500 meters in the hillier regions. The tree grows to over 100 feet tall. The Kadukkai fruit is ripened and harvested in September and October. A major growing region for Kadukkai is in the Coimbatore area of Tamil Nadu.
Kadukkai fruit is oval and green gold in color.
The size is about 1-2 inches long. The fruit can be eaten raw. This raw fruit has many benefits and is often prescribed to be eaten daily.
The kadukkai can also be dried. The dried fruit is sold as is so that some ways of using it can be implemented. This whole dried fruit can be cooked and the resultant juice can be used for:
Eye washes to heal eye issues
Enema for cleansing
Vaginal douche to relive infections
Kadukkai can also be made into a powder. This powder can then be consumed as a herbal supplement in powder, pill or capsule form.
The powder can be applied on the skin for a number of skin issues:
Disinfectant of cuts
To heal skin rashes
To heal skin eczema
To clear up mouth sores
To keep mouth skin and gums clear
Detailed Latin description of Kadukkai
Of the Order: Myrtales, Of the Family: Combretaceae, of the Genus Terminalia, and Species chebula, named by Retz
Industrial use of Kadukkai
Kadukkai has a number of industrial uses
It has been used for leather tanning as it is high in the agent Tannin. It has been used to make Indian Ink as it is very dark when treated certain ways.
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