Benefits of AmlaThere are numerous health benefits associated with the amla fruit. It is considered a diuretic, laxative, liver tonic and hair tonic, and is used to prevent peptic ulcers and dyspepsia and treat ailments such as common colds, fever, and issues with the digestive system. Clinical studies have shown it to possess anti-inflammatory, “antipyretic, analgesic, antitussive, antiatherogenic, adaptogenic, cardioprotective, gastroprotective, antianemia, antihypercholesterolemia, wound healing, antidiarrheal, antiatherosclerotic, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective properties.” Another research paper calls amla “a wonder berry in the treatment and prevention of cancer” outlining, amongst other things, its free radical scavenging properties.
Essential Facts about AmlaNames
- Botanical: Embellica officinalis or phyllantus emblica
- Sanskrit: Amalaki
- Hindi: Amla
- Other names: Dhrati (meaning ‘mother earth’) in Sanskrit and Hindi, Indian gooseberry in English
- Rasa (taste): Amla contains five of the six tastes (sweet, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent)
- Guna (qualities): Heavy
- Virya (action): Cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
- Dosha (constitution): Each dosha can benefit from Amalaki: sweet, sour and salty balance vata; sweet, bitter and astringent balance pitta; and bitter, pungent, and astringent balance kapha.