AMLA, Emblica officinalis

AMLA

Latin name: Emblica officinalis

English name: Indian gooseberry

Sanskrit/Indian name: Amalaka, Amla

Medicinal parts used: Fruit, Seed, Leaves, Root, Bark and Flowers

Amla is a powerful rejuvenating herb. Also known as Indian gooseberry, the fruit is reputed to have the highest content of vitamin C amongst all natural occurring substances in nature. It has a sour taste and a sweet aftertaste. It is useful in the treatment of ulcers and hyperacidity.

Amla is a light green fruit that grows on a small tree in wet forests of hilly areas. It has a sour taste and a sweet aftertaste. The amla fruit contains more than 80 per cent water.

Therapeutic use:

  • It is effective in decreasing body heat and in treatment of diseases associated with it. Juice extracted from fresh amla is put in the eyes for curing burning and inflammation, and is also considered beneficial for the longevity of eyesight.
  • For digestive disorders such as acidity, loss of hunger and piles, the use of amla in the form of medicine is quite beneficial. The dried fruit is useful in treating haemorrhages, diarrhoea and dysentery. Amla, being rich in fibre, regulates bowel movement and keeps constipation at bay.
  • Fresh amla juice is given on an empty stomach to cure disorders such as diabetes and urinary incontinence.
  • Amla is an immunity booster and regular use of amla powder in the morning can improve the body’s resistance towards heart and nervous disorders.
  • Being rich in vitamin C, it is one of the best remedies for scurvy. It has been used traditionally as an effective treatment of anaemia.
  • Amla helps in removing toxins from the body and strengthens the liver. It also helps in purifying blood.
  • Amla acts as a revitaliser. According to the Charak Samhita, the person who consumes amla regularly will live for a 100 years. It is a natural anti-aging agent.
  • High serum cholesterol levels can be reduced by taking one teaspoon of amla powder with sugar every day on an empty stomach.
  • Leaf extracts have been found to be anti-inflammatory.
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