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
- 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.
The sour Rasa balances Vata, the Astringent Rasa balances Kapha. The sweet Rasa along with cooling effect
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.