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.  

  • Daily use of amlaki:- Strengthens the digestive, absorption and assimilation  power of the GI tract.
  • Benefits the liver :- by removing its toxicity. Enhance the functions of the liver. Amlaki here acts as a good detoxifier.
  • Benefits the brain and higher mental functions:- Continuous usage of amlaki sharpens the intellect, and the mental functions. Good for memory retain and recall.
  • Benefits the heart:- Amalaki  according to Ayurveda is hridhya – meaning nourishes the heart. So gives a good support to the blood and  its circulation.
  • Benefits the lungs:- Amalaki  strengthens and nourishes the lungs, increases the breathing power. Good for the entire respiratory system. Able to reduce the stress of allergic conditions.
  • Benefits the elimination procedure in our body. Eases constipation and allows smooth passage of bowel.
  • Benefits the urimary system:- helps in reduce burning michuration.
  • Benefits the skin:- Enhances and moisturize the skin tissue toxicity. Increases skin immunity and fights bacterial infection.
  • Benefits hair – all people know amalaki  is used  in almost all hair oils since it gives a healthy hair.
  • Gives hair its natural colour, improves its texture, strengthens hair follicles, reduces premature graying.
  • Benefits the fertility procedure:- Improve vitality, supports reproductive system  of both men and woman. Can overcome the difficulty of getting pregnant. It is vrishya. It nourishes the ovaries and sperms, strengthens the uterus. It is garbhasthapana (ie. Causes conception.)
  • Benefits the eye:- It is chakushya (good for eyes) – provides healthier eye functions.
  • Benefits the muscular system:- Since presence of vitamin C in plenty it is good for bones, nails, hair and improves the muscle tone.
  • Acts as an anti-oxidant – amalaki is the best option to stay young as it slows the aging process and reduces the risk of diseases.

Scientific discoveries on Amalaki

Delays aging

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.

Anti cancerous properties

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.

Cataract prevention

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. 

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