Medicinal value of Gooseberry (Amla)

Amla (Indian gooseberry) has the highest quantity of vitamin C in natural form, much more than orange. Vitamin C is one of the anti-oxidants. It has been linked by a number of studies to lowered risks of mouth, throat, stomach and cervical cancers.

Vitamin C fortifies the immune system and a number of studies show that it reduces the duration and severity of cold. Amla is a valuable ingredient in Ayurveda and Unani medicines. It is also used as an external application due to its cool and astringent property.

The best way to take it, with the least loss of vitamin C is to eat it raw. It can be preserved for a long period when it is dried and turned into powder. It is also found to be effective in treating TB of the lungs, asthma and bronchitis.

Medicinal benefits and home remedies with Amla (Gooseberry):

* A tablespoon each of fresh gooseberry juice and honey mixed together forms a very effective medicine for several ailments. Its regular use will promote vigor in the body within a few days. When fresh fruit is not available, dry powder can be mixed with honey.

* A tablespoon of gooseberry juice, mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, taken daily for 2 months will reduce the blood sugar in diabetes. Diet restrictions should be strictly observed while taking this medicine.gooseberry

* An equal quantity of amla powder, jamun powder and bitter gourd also makes a very useful remedy for diabetics. A tablespoonful of this mixture once or twice a day would be effective in checking the progress of the disease.

* It is considered an effective remedy for heart disease. It tones up the functions of all the organs of the body and builds up health by destroying the heterogeneous elements and renewing the body energy.

* The juice of Indian gooseberry, mixed with honey is useful in preserving eye sight. It also helps in the treatment of conjunctivitis and glaucoma. It reduces intraocular tension. A cupful of this juice should be taken mixed with honey twice daily in such cases.gooseberry in bowl

* The Indian gooseberry is useful in the treatment of rheumatism. One teaspoonful of powder of dry fruit mixed with two teaspoonfuls of jaggery should be taken twice daily for a month in this disease.

* The dried fruit is good for diarrhea and dysentery. A drink made from amla mixed with lemon juice and misri is considered beneficial in controlling acute bacillary dysentery.

* Gooseberry has revitalizing effects. It is effective in maintaining strength in old age. It improves body resistance and protects against infection. It strengthens heart, hair and different glands in the body.

* A confection prepared from the preserved fruit is useful in chronic constipation and acts as an enhancer of immunity.

* A decoction of the leaves and bark is useful in mouth and tongue ulcers as a gargle.

* An oil obtained from the berries, strengthens hair and promotes hair growth.

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  2. Anonymous3:11 PM

    . The Ayurvedic medicines Haritaki, Amala and Bahira reduce cholesterol, is a Blood Purifier, Increases Blood circulation, Anti Inflammatory,Skin Disorders like Eczema.
    Goose berries are smaller ones of the same family usually used to eat them raw and as pickles.

  3. Anonymous5:50 PM

    The powder of the dried amla fruit is an effective remedy of hyperacidity, ulcers and blood impurities. It is also used both internally and externally as a decoction and paste. Some of the common uses of amla fruit are as under:

    Amla strengthens the body, expel toxins from the body and improves defense mechanism of the body.

    It is an essential vitamin to improve eye sight

    Weakness of body, heart and mind shall be dispelled by taking frsh amla juice in betwen meals.

    Massaging the head with amla oil, induces sound sleep and is good for hair. prevents premature graying of hair.

    Wash eyes daily, in the morning with amla water, soaked in water and drink the water to improve the eyesight and remove constipation.

    Insert 2-4 amla juice drops into each nostril to cure bleeding for nose.

    Regulates Blood Sugar

    Very Powerful anti-inflammatory herb.

    A wonderful antioxidant and a natural Source of Vitamin C. Amla helps scavenge free radicals.

    Amla is powerful food for the brain.

    Studies show that Amla helps lower cholesterol

    Amla also helps maintain the functioning of the liver

    Increases Hemoglobin, Red blood cell count

    Useful for Cough, Bronchitis, Asthma

    Amla cleanses the mouth, strengthens the teeth

    Its decoction is used in hyperacidity and with honey as an anthelmintic. The presence of Amla resulted in an enhanced cell survival, decreased free radical production and higher antioxidant levels similar to that of control cells.

  4. Anonymous5:51 PM

    Amla (Indian gooseberry) has the highest quantity of vitamin C in natural form, much more than orange. Vitamin C is one of the anti-oxidants. It has been linked by a number of studies to lowered risks of mouth, throat, stomach and cancer Vitamin C fortifies the immune system and a number of studies show that it reduces the duration and severity of cold.

  5. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Amla protects cells against free radical damage and provides antioxidant protection
    Amla is used to treat skin disorders, respiratory infections, and premature aging
    Amla is useful in hemorrhage, diarrhea, dysentery, and has therapeutic value in treating diabetes has anti-bacterial and astringent properties that help prevent infection and help in the healing of ulcers
    Amla is sometimes used as a laxative to relieve constipation in piles

  6. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Amla is highly nutritious and is an important dietary source of Vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. The edible fruit tissue contains protein concentration 3-fold and ascorbic acid concentration 160-fold compared to that of the apple. The fruit also contains considerably higher concentration of most minerals and amino acids than apples. Amla fruit ash contains chromium, zinc, and copper. Presence of chromium is of therapeutic value in diabetes. Fruit also contains phyllemblin and curcuminoides. The fruit contained 482.14 units of super oxide dismutase/g fresh weight, and exhibited antisenescent activity. The seed oil contains 64.8% linolenic acid and closely resembles linseed oil. Studies confirmed its immunity-boosting properties. Clinical studies were conducted to investigate the effect of Amalaki in amlapitta (gastritis syndrome). Amalaki churn was given in 20 cases in a dose of 3g., thrice a day for seven days. The drug was found effective in 85 per cent of cases. Cases of hyperchlorhydria with burning sensation in abdominal and cardiac regions and epigastric pain were benefited

  7. Anonymous9:41 AM

    Amla has been considered the best tonic. Amla is supposed to rejuvenate all the organ systems of the body, provide strength and wellness. Amla is rich natural resources of Vitamin C. Amla keeps us away from all the diseases by boosting our immune system.Amla Juices every day empty stomach is good for entire day. Take out the seed of Amla and crush the pulp of fresh amla in mixer with fresh water, mix some salt or sugar better mix with honey and take the syrup before your breakfast.

  8. seeta9:57 AM

    Amla hair oil is produced out of amla. It can control dandruff formation and hair loss if used consistently. The fruit of amla if eaten raw is found good for acidity. Also drinking fresh amla juice is good treatment for acidity. If we drink a glass of water mixed with two spoons of amla powder is a good constipation remedy. So this process is believed to cleanse our internal parts of intestine

  9. Raveesh4:12 PM

    It is the richest source of vitamin C. Good for hair growth. Good as a mild purgative as it is rich in fibers. Raw amla is the best thing to eat as there is no loss of any useful elements due to cooking or drying.

  10. Ravishankar4:21 PM

    the main use of Alma as follows:-it contain vit-c,0.5% of fat. mainly it is used in diarrhea,dysentery,anemia,jaundice.
    you can use amla directly.

  11. Shubhada4:26 PM

    great for vitamin C and a cooling summer drink. amla juice is considered to be "nectar" or "amrit" and should be consumed daily during amla season.

    the best are fresh amlas. it is the only fruit that offers man a taste of all the flavors - viz salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and another one that i cant remember now... :)

  12. Anonymous4:31 PM

    mla(indian gooseberry,amarphal,biological name-phyllanthus emblica)is rich in vitamin c.
    1.raw fruit is midly purgative &removes constipation.
    2.powdered dried fruits help in curing anemia,jaundice,bronchitis etc.
    3amla "sharbat" taken along with lemon juice cures bacillary dysentary.
    4.amla is very good in treating scurvy.
    5.amla seeds have been found useful in asthma, bronchitis,etc.

  13. Gaurav5:11 AM

    my name is Gaurav and i m using the dry amla..plz tell me what is the benifits of it? is the dry amla helpful for immunity syctem?

  14. Hi Gaurav, Sure dry amla helps boost the immune system. But if you are buying it from a store, ensure that it is naturally processed and free from artificial preservatives and colorants. Some benefits of dry amla:
    * Enhances food absorption capacity
    * Enhances fertility and increases memory
    * One of the best herbs for diabetic patients
    * Excellent rejuvenator for skin and hair
    * Effective eye and liver toner
    * Restores stomach and intestinal digestive enzymes
    * Supportive to heart and lungs
    * Naturally reduces body heat and/or weight

  15. Shridhar9:29 AM

    Amla or gooseberry is very rich in Vitamin C. It contains many minerals and vitamins like calcium, phosphors, iron, carotene and vitamin B complex. Gooseberry is a powerful antioxidant. Many health problems are conduced by oxidative damage.

  16. If it is an anti-oxidant as well as a rejuvenator and if it can strengthen the immune system too, then it is a very valuable herb indeed! Thanks Aparna!

  17. Prerana10:15 AM

    There is so much in nature that we haven't even tapped into that can benefit us. Thanks for this information.

  18. Soniya10:17 AM

    At least, I like amla a lot. If you do not like raw amla, then you can try eating amla ka murabba which is really delicious and sweet and is available in India. You can also make an amla achar recipe which is totally sour and salted. What else do you want to reap amla's benefits

  19. Thanks a lot for the multiple benefits of amala you have covered multiple benefits of it really , a good writeup really.

  20. Thanks so much for this info! I found my dark hair is slowing lighting and greying. It's very faint and only in some parts of my hair in the middle. I'm young and it's startling! I've researched for remedies and Indian Gooseberry has always popped up! Just to clarify, to prevent and slow down greying, I rub this juice into my hair, and to take advance of its other benefits, I drink it? Do I drink it like orange juice, but in shot glass amount? Thanks again for ur help :)

  21. Vishweshwar8:20 AM

    Thanks for the information, well written and very helpful. I didn't know a lot about Amla and now I am better informed

  22. Kailas4:03 PM

    It is an essential vitamin to improve eye sight
    Weakness of body, heart and mind shall be dispelled by taking fresh amla juice in betwen meals.

  23. Raviraj9:37 AM

    When five grams of Indian gooseberry or Amla is mixed with one table spoon of honey and consumed, it acts as an expectorant, and is an effective medicine for Asthma.

  24. Shirur8:31 AM

    AVALO ( Nelli, gooseberry ) Phyllanthus embelica :
    The bark decoction is given for jaundice. Fruit is antacid, urine purifier, appetiser and digestant. The moravala or leh (Chavanprash) is a popular tonic. The dried avalo, astringent and taste improver, is used for chewing or in preparation of Kadhi or chutney. Amla is used in hair/ body oils and bathing powders.

  25. Ananya8:46 AM

    RAJAVLO ( Kirinelli ) Phyllanthus reticulata :
    Fruit is acidic but astringent; root and seed are laxative, fruit is used for chutney and jam.

  26. Sharad10:46 AM

    Thanks for good tips. At lest these natural tips should be helpful for some time.

  27. Sharan11:39 AM

    Amla has been used as powerful antioxidant agent that also boosts immunity. Amla restores the vitality and rejuvenates all bodily systems.

  28. Health Expert11:40 AM

    Benefits --- Helps to improve immunity. Lowers the risk of cold, cough and other infections of respiratory tract. Helps to boost the natural antioxidant defense system of the body. Protects from bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Helps to accelerate the wound healing process. Protects the body from radiation. Helps to reduce the risk of cancers

  29. really amla works for weak eyesight

  30. Bhagya12:23 PM

    Thanks for giving good information on Amla. Your Website is having good information on Health.

  31. Kishan12:28 PM

    The fresh fruit contains more than 80% of water besides protein, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals and vitamins Minerals and vitamins mainly include calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, Vitamin C and B complex. It also contains Gallic acid, which is a potent polyphenol

  32. Anonymous12:29 PM

    Amla is a strong rejuvenates and it balances the stomach acids. It is helpful in absorption of food. Amla is an anti-oxidant, which prevents premature aging. It provides strength to lungs. It acts as a coolant. As it is a good source of vitamin C so it is used to treat eyesight. Amla prevents premature graying and falling of hair. Amla also helps in maintaining body weight due to its richness in nutrients.

  33. Mukund12:34 PM

    Medicinal Uses
    Stomach problem,skin problem,FOR Diabetes

  34. Soubhagya11:38 AM

    Amla promotes glow on skin and delays wrinkles or loosening of skin.

  35. Poornima10:37 AM

    Amla is good for almost everyone on a regular basis. It reduces or eliminates the risk of environmental pollutants, normalizes cholesterol, reduces unwanted fat, cures ulcers, reduces or prevents cancer,

  36. Tushar9:59 AM

    Taking crushed Amla pulp (after straining it) mixed with misri cures blood in urine.

  37. Yashodha10:01 AM

    Taking Amla juice or powder with honey purifies blood.

  38. Suniti3:31 PM

    amla is used of our digestive system and is used of our falling hairs and is used for making is delicious food in India in indie

  39. Anonymous7:55 PM

    very useful. thnx for the info...


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