Amalaki or Indian Gooseberry has a very important place in Ayurveda. According to ancient Indian Science, amalaki is considered as amrita or heavenly nectar. It is holistic form of medicine which has innumerable effects on the whole body.
From the dacon of Ayurveda, amalaki has been used for various health related purposes. Even today this wonder herb is used to treat and heal plenty of disease.
Amalaki is more than a medicinal herb, it is actually a rejuvenator. Ayurveda texts consider it as the best rejuvenator of all. What surprising is that it has no harmful effects, as it benefits all the system of the body.
Scientifically the botanical name of amalaki is Emblica officinalis. It has the following properties according to Ayurveda.
Rasa (taste) – All 5 tastes – Sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent except salty.
Vipaka (post digestive effect) – sweet
Viryam (potency) – sheetham (cold)
The part used is fruit. Among the sour fruits amlaki is the superior.
Benefits in different body parts
Amlakai has the richest source of vitamin C. The amount of vitamin C in amlaki is 4 times greater than orange and 8 times greater than tomato. Since rasayana is the cream of Ayurveda, amlaki plays a good role in being a rasayana.
2.Benefits the liver :- by removing its toxicity. Enhance the functions of the liver. Amlaki here acts as a good detoxifier.
Gives hair its natural colour, improves its texture, strengthens hair follicles, reduces premature graying.
Scientific discoveries on Amalaki
Scientific study has proved that it is a great anti oxidant and can reduce stress and has immense immuno modulatory properties. This has already been discussed by Charaka, centuries before in his Samhita. He says it is the best rejuvenator among all herbs.
This theory of rejuvenation has given us a new chance to study in anti cancer treatment. It seems that amalaki has slowed development and growth of cancer cells.
Ayurveda texts mentions thriphala ghritam, mahatriphala ghritam, triphala churnam and other products containing amalaki for diseases of the eye. This has now been tested and proved that amalaki can prevent cataract in people with diabetes.