Aug 8, 2009

Botanical Name : Emblica Officinalis

Botanical Name :
Emblica Officinalis, Phyllanthus Emblica

English/Common Name:
Indian Gooseberry

Ayurvedic Name :

Family : Euphorbiaceae

Part Used : Dried fruit, Ripe Fruit, Seed, Leaves, Root, Bark, Flowers.

Habitat and Botany :
A deciduous tree with exfoliating bark.

Principal Constituents:
Amla contains the highest amount of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), Phyllembin, Phyllemblic acid, Gallic acid, Ellagic acid in natural form and Cytokin like substance identified as Zeatin, Z riboside, Z nucleotide, Tannins 30%.

Action and Uses: Emblica Officinalis is Acrid, Cooling, Refrigerant, Diuretic, Laxative. It has Anabolic, Antibacterial, Antidiarrhoeal, Antidysenteric, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Antipyretic, Antioxidative, Antiviral, Antiemetic, Antihepatotoxic, Immunomodulator and Resistance building properties. Its antibacterial, carminative, hypoglycemic, stomachic, Hypotensive and astringent action prevents infection, helps in healing of ulcers, treatment of jaundice, dyspepsia and cough and controls hyperacidity. Alma is a good Cardio Tonic and its mild stimulant action on heart helps to control blood pressure. The use of Indian Gooseberry enhances the antidiabetic action of Karela. Phyllanthus Emblica is a very good hair tonic.

Amla in the Products:
Amla in Femivita
Amla in Gluco Health
Amla in Heart Health
Amla in Male 40-Plus
Amla in Triphala

Indications: Dyspepsia, Peptic Ulcer, General Debility, Constipation, Hypercholesterolemia, Fever, Liver Disorders.

Ayurvedic Energetics:
Rasa : Sweet, sour, Pungent, Bitter, Astringent
Veerya : Cooling
Vipaka : Sweet
Guna : Light, Dry
Doshas :
Pharmacological Action:
Fruit, Cooling, Laxative, Stomachic, Tonic, Diuretic

Clinical Research: The Indian Gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis/Amla) is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C, containing up to 720 mg/100g of fresh pulp and 921 mg/100cc of pressed juice. This is approximately 20 times the vitamin C content of an Orange. Amalaki fruit has, in fact, been used successfully to treat human scurvy. It is also effective in the treatment of amlapitta (peptic ulcer) as well as in non-ulcer dyspepsia. The alcoholic extract (1gm/kg) given to isoprotenol-pretreated rats resulted in an increase in cardiac glycogen and a decrease in serum LDH, suggesting a cardio-protective action. It also demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in serum cholesterol levels and an antiatherogenic effect in rabbits.

Traditional Uses: Indian Gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis/Amla) is commonly used in the treatment of burning sensation anywhere in the body, anorexia, constipation, urinary discharges, inflammatory bowels, cough, hemorrhoids, fever, thirst, and toxicity of the blood. The juice of the fresh bark mixed with honey and turmeric is given in gonorrhea. The leaf infusion with fenugreek seeds is given in chronic diarrhea. Acute bacillary dysentery may be treated with a syrup of Amalaki and lemon juice. The exudation from incisions made into the fruit is used as a collyrium in inflammatory eye conditions; the seeds are powdered and used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and biliousness. It is an ingredient in several important medicinal preparations including Triphala ("three fruits"), a laxative and carminative, and the famous Chywanprash, a general tonic for people of all ages, which improves mental and physical well being.

Caution: According to Ayurveda, herbs are taken in combination with other herbs to neutralize the toxicity of one herb with the opposing effect of the other or to enhance the particular effect of one herb with the help of other.

No side effects have been noted so far.

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