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Black Himej or Kali Harad as a Botanical Name. It is dry, warm, slightly sweet. It is bitter and astringent so cures pitta and cough. Black Himej cures cough and pitta. Black Himej contains all five rasas but no adverse effect. Therefore the same Black Himej is used for many diseases. The Black Himej kernel is sweet, the veins are sour, the stem bitter, the bark vitriolic, the pith astringent.
Black Himej should not be given to people who are too tired because of excess walking/running, people who are too thin etc.
Black Himej should be avoided by people with excess pitta.
It should be avoided by pregnant women.
It should not be taken by people who have suffered from excess bleeding.