Amalaki, Indian Gooseberry or Amla is the richest source of Vitamin C in its natural form. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and rejuvenator and is considered an important herb in Ayurveda. The little light green fruit grows in the Himalayan mountain ranges. Amalaki has many health applications as an antacid, an everyday tonic, as a hypotensive, hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic.

The nutrient composition of Amalaki - (Emblica Officinalis)

The Amalaki fruit contains flavones, amino acids, polyphenols, carotenoids, bioflavanoids, antioxidants, tannin and other useful phytonutrients. The SuperOxdide Dismutase available in Amalaki is a great cellular antioxidant. The Fresh Amla fruit contains 80% of water along with carbohydrate, fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins. Vitamin C is found in abundance in Amalaki.100 gms of Amalaki fruit can give you 700 mg of Vitamin C.Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant and helps to build resistance against various diseases in our body.

Medicinal and therapeutic benefits of Amalaki

Amalaki is beneficial to the human body in many ways.

  • It controls the blood glucose level of Diabetic patients
  • It helps fast recovery in chronic illness by providing energy to the vital organs in the body
  • It helps to enhance immunity and has the ability to restore body’ vitality.
  • It is a powerful anti inflammatory herb helpful in gastrointestinal tract inflammation
  • The natural enzymes present in Amalaki support digestion and are very useful in treating indigestion
  • It improves blood hemoglobin level
  • It reduces Serum cholesterol

Diabetes: Amalaki stimulates the group of cells which secretes the hormone insulin, thus blood sugar level are reduced in diabetic patient. Chromium available in Amalaki also helps to bring down the blood sugar level. Further the eyesight complications caused by diabetes can be prevented using Amalaki.

Eye Disorders: Amalaki preserves eye sight and improves cataract and nearsightedness. It helps to reduce intraocular tension remarkably.

Best Remedy for Heart Disease: Amalaki is very effective for Heart diseases and has the ability to reduce high serum cholesterol levels. It tones and strengthens the heart muscles and lets the heart pump blood smoothly throughout the body.

Diarrhea and Dysentery: Amalaki has cooling and laxative effect. It is beneficial in dysentery and diarrhea specifically to control acute bacillary dysentery. It provides relief from burning sensation in the abdomen (hyperchlorhydria).

Hair Tonic: Amalaki is widely used in many hair tonics as it enriches hair pigmentation and hair growth. It strengthens hair roots and maintains hair color. Intake of fresh Amalaki fruit or applying its paste enhances hair growth, color and luster.

Prevent Ageing:  The anti-oxidant properties of Amalaki help delay ageing and give more vigor in old age.              

Indications

Amalaki is acrid, antipyretic, laxative, cooling and trichogeneous. It is a powerful antioxidant which improves body immune system. It serves as the effective remedy to Rheumatism and scurvy. Taking pain killers, alcohol or any other medication frequently might harm the liver. Amalaki not only strengthens the liver, it also helps to get rid of the toxins in the liver. Using Amalaki oil for hair prevents premature greying, strengthens the roots and induces good sleep. This powerful herb is an effective remedy for many medical conditions and can be used both externally and internally as paste and decoction.

A few popular herbal remedies which contain Amalaki

Chyawanprash

Triphala – This is an Ayurvedic composition which consists of Amalaki. Triphala is prepared using equal proportions of Haritaki (Chebulic Myrobalan) Amalaki / Indian Gooseberry and Vibhitaki (Bellirica Myrobalan).

Popular Amalaki home remedies

  • Take Amalaki flakes on an empty stomach every morning to normalize high blood pressure.
  • Boil dry or fresh Amalaki in water and then mix the water with milk and sugar to prepare a herbal tea
  • To control cough, take dry Amalaki powder with honey twice a day
  • Amalaki juice is effective and heals mouth ulcers when applied on the affected area.
  • Take a cup of Amalaki and soak it in an iron vessel with 20 parts of water. Wash hair in that soaked water to prevent hair fall.

Other Names

Emblica officinalis, Amla

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