Chebulic myrobalan is one of the herbs that recognized as “King of Medicines.” Because it has properties to help eliminate toxins from the body and help to treat various diseases. In the past, it is used to treat chronic constipation and helped to clean the intestines. Besides, Chebulic myrobalan is rich in vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the body, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Phosphorus.
In the Thai medicine textbook, Chebulic myrobalan is one of the ingredients in “Triphala” that comprises three types of fruit. There are Beleric myrobalan, Chebulic myrobalan, and Emblic as the components of medicine. It has curative properties that are widely accepted. The active ingredients found in Chebulic myrobalan are gallic acid, chebulic acid, chebulinic acid, chebulagic acid, corilagin, terchebin, glucogallin, ellagic acid, sennoside A, chebulin, catechol, and tannic acid, etc. At present, many studies found that Chebulic myrobalan has medical benefits increasingly. It leads to being more popular and accepted to use in medical both single-use and components combined with other kinds of herbs as follows:
1. Effects on the digestive system: The active ingredients found in Chebulic myrobalan causes bowel movements to increase the excretion. It may occur when the Chebulic myrobalan extract can destroy the adhesion between the feces and the intestinal wall, causing constipation. Alternatively, it may occur by stimulation of the nervous system that controls bowel movements. Therefore, Chebulic myrobalan is effective in improving the digestive system to become healthy.
2. Antibacterial activity: The study has shown that the active ingredients contain in Chebulic myrobalan can inhibit the bacteria such as Helicobacter pyroli that found in the stomach. Therefore, it is useful in people with chronic gastric ulcer problems that are usually caused by infection of the bacterial, as mentioned before
3. Effects on respiratory system: The active ingredients found in Chebulic myrobalan have properties to help expectorate, reduce inflammation of the respiratory system, and relieve irritation of sore throat. It is useful in patients with allergic symptoms, asthma patients, smokers, and often phlegm stuck in the throat, causing throat irritation and coughing.
4. Antioxidant activity: The active substances found in Chebulic myrobalan enrich in antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals. The free radicals are considered an unstable molecule and highly reactive. It is harmful to cells in the body, leading to the occurrence of many chronic diseases. Chebulic myrobalan is a herb that has properties to help eliminate or trap the toxins in the body.
Therefore, Chebulic myrobalan is ranked as one of the Thai herbs with many medical benefits. It has been used by both single used and combined with other herbs for various types of medical treatments and healthcare.