Amla literally means”sour”; it is the hindi word for a fruit tree whose latin name is Emblica officinalis that grows throughout India and bears sour -tasting gooseberry like fruits. In sanskrit Amla is known as ‘Amalaki ‘ .
Amla is commonly known to contain vitamin C. It has been told that it has one of the highest known concentrations of vitamin C in the plant kingdom – 20 times that of an orange. More importantly, the vitamin C naturally found within the amla fruit is stabilized by the presence of tannins, which help it to maintain its vitamin content even through processing.
Amla pacifies vata, pitta and kapha though it is especially calming to pitta. It rejuvenates all the tissues in the body and builds Ojas, the essence of immunity and youthfulness. In general, it is a powerfully for many systems of the body.
Benefits of Amla-
• Natural antioxidant
• Assists natural internal cleansing and maintain regularity
• Balances agni (digestive fire)
• Nourishes the heart and respiratory system
• Promotes anti-inflammatory properties that cool, tone and nourish tissues and organs
• Supports healthy metabolism, digestion and elimination
• Promotes healthy eyes, hair, nails and skin
• It is highly aphrodisiac
• It’s powder is highly recommended in piles, diarrhea and dysentry.
• Effective in menorrhagia.
How to use Amla –
It can be taken internally in three forms other than as medicinal ingredient-
In the form of powder it’s dose is 3-5 gm with water before eating twice a day.
Dose of juice is 15-20 ml with warm water before meal twice a day.
Fruit can be taken raw or it can be used in some preparations like chyawanprash.
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