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Amla (Amalaki) Emblica officinalis

Amla is a type of gooseberry grown in India. In Ayurveda, it is used as an anti-aging ingredient for many formula, and high concentration of antioxidants
The tree bears a fruit also called Amla. The Amla berry is almost perfectly round, light greenish yellow color, smooth hard surface, with six vertical stripes segmenting the fruit.
Amla is key ingredient in two of the most widely used Ayurveda preparations: Chyawanprash, and Triphala


Latin name: Emblica officinalis
English name: Indian gooseberry
Sanskrit / Ayurveda name: Amalaki
Hindi: Amla

Ayurveda Properties

- Primary Rasa: Sour and Bitter. Secondary Rasa: sweet, astringent and bitter. In summary, it has the five out of six Ayurveda Rasa, only missing Rasa is salty.
- Virya: Cooling Effect
- Vipaka: Sweet
- Guna: Light, and dry.
- Dosha: The sour Rasa balances Vata, the Astringent Rasa balances Kapha. The sweet Rasa along with cooling effect balances Pitta.
- Dhatu (Tissues entered): All Dhatu are effected- especially Blood

- Srotas (Channels): Circulation, Digestion and Elimination


Traditional Ayurveda Uses

Amla  is used in Rasayana (Rejuvenating formula) to promote longevity. It is an important ingredient of old favorite formulas such as Triphala and Chawanprash. Amla helps with appetite, digestion, and treat constipation. It helps increase red blood cell count, reduce fever and cough. Amla promotes eye and brain heath, and strengthen heart. Amla helps alleviate Asthma. It helps stimulate hair growth, it is an important ingredient in many hair shampoos and oils.

Modern Ayurveda Uses

It may help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides, lower blood glucose level for Diabetics, reduce inflammation, reduce the tumor in cancer patients.


Amla berry has the highest concentration of Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) than any other natural plant. An average berry has about 3,000 mg of Vitamin C. It contains high amounts of Tannins. It has some Glucose, Protein, Cellulose and Calcium
High amount of Tannins also act as a dye for the hair giving an impression that it is treating grey hair.


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