It belongs to family Combretaceae and is found abundantly in India and south Asia. It is commonly called as Chebulic Myrobalan in English. In Ayurvedic medicine, this plant has been used as rasayana with literal meaning: Path (ayana) of the Juice (rasa).
The major phytochemical components are tannins, triterpenes, saponines are known for its astringent, expectorant, antiinflammatory, anodyne, laxative and antiemetic properties.
These phyto chemical substance acts gradually to nourish and improve the gut system when taken regularly.