Terminalia Fruit

Source Fruit of Terminalia chebula Retz, or T. chebula Retz. var. tomentella Kurt., (Farn. Combretaceae..

Producing Areas Mainly in Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi. Most grow wildly.

Properties Bitter, Sour, Astringent and Neutra.

Channels Lung, Large Intestine.


  • Astringes the intestines, relieves and purges pathogenic agents from the large intestines
    Treats chronic diarrhoea caused by deficiency-cold and dampness-heat type.
  • Astringes the lung and eases the throat
    For chronic cough that causes the voice to turn hoarse, irritation of the throat, dyspnea, cough due to lung-deficiency and cough due to heat in the lungs.

Usage and Dosage
The crude herb is for astringing lung and purging away fire, relieving sore throat. When the herb is cooked over hot ashes, it can be used to astringe the intestines and stop diarrhoea. 3–10 g is used in decoction for oral use.

Contraindicated in cases of exogenous factors or stagnation of damp-heat.

Keep in a dry and well-ventilated place.
Protect from mould.

Description of Quality Herb
The wrinkles on the surface of the fruit are not too visible. It is sour, astringent and slightly sweet in flavour.