Botanical name: Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblica Officinalis)
Amla - Summary
Also known as Indian gooseberry, Amalaki or Amla (Phyllanthus emblica) is considered among the most popular herbs in Ayurveda. It is an important therapeutic plant popularly used in various Ayurveda formulations. For years, this fruit has been admired as a nutrient-rich tonic, immunity booster, and blood purifier. It acts as a major constituent of two very famous Ayurvedic preparations – Triphala and Chyawanprash.
- Widely found all across India and literally means “sour” .
- It is found to have the highest known amounts of vitamin C, 20 times that of an orange.
- Rich in protective bioflavonoids such as gallic acid, ellagic acid and rutin which are powerful antioxidants, inducing a deep level of cellular defense.
Amla and Doshas
- Amla mollifies vata, pitta, and kapha, although it is particularly calming to pitta.
- The herb has been extensively used to balance excess levels of Vata and Kapha because of its heating, oily, and strengthening properties.
- Due to its sourness, it controls the increased Vata and due to its cold influence and sugary taste it pacifies the heightened pitta. The aggravated kapha gets controlled by the dryness quality and astringent taste of Amla fruit.
Amla - Health Benefits
- The rich Vitamin C content of Amla makes it a great source of building immunity and metabolism.
- Combats infection and prevents chest congestion
- Prevents constipation
- Helps in weight management
- Aids in natural blood purification
- Helps manage chronic health conditions
- Improves eyesight
- Eases pain
- Cures dandruff, averts hair loss, delays greying of hair, reinforces the hair follicles, and augments blood circulation to the scalp
- Keeps the skin healthy and hydrated
Scientific Studies About Ashwagandha
- Scientific research discovered that supplementation with Amla for 12 weeks supported usual cholesterol levels and a healthy inflammatory retort in the cardiovascular system.
- Another research study exhibited that Amla Berry promotes healthy blood sugar already within normal ranges.
Dharmsala Teas with Amla