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Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Amla
or Indian Gooseberry
|by Dr. Savitha Suri|
Amalaki or Amla is also known as Indian goose berry. It is a deciduous tree which reaches a height of 5 meters. The bark of this tree is light brown in colour. Leaves which are 10 mm long and 3 mm wide are closely set in pinnate fashion giving a feathery appearance. Flowers are pale green and occur in cluster of 6 to 10. Fruits are fleshy, globe shaped and depressed at poles. They weight 6-8 gms. Fruits of amla tree are used in ayurvedic preparations. Amla fruit is praised as DHATRI (god of health) in Ayurveda. .The ayurvedic medicinal properties of amla are as follows Effects on Tridoshas: It alleviate tridoshas and specially normalizes pitta. Hence it is very useful in diseases which arise due to aggravation of pitta. Effects on skin: The juice of amla fruit reduces burning sensation of skin. It strengthens the hair follicles and reduces the inflammation of scalp skin. Amla boosts immunity of skin and helps to prevent acne and pimples.
Effects on eyes: Amla fruits help to reduce burning sensation in eyes and help to maintain health of eyes.
Effects on nervous system: According to texts of ayurveda amla enhances memory power and strengthens the nervous system. It sharpens the sensitivity of sense organs.
Effects on digestive system: It normalizes digestion, reduces acidity and rejuvenates liver. It relieves constipation when taken in more quantity.
Effects on Circulatory system: Amla acts as a cardiac tonic and helps in anemia
Effects on respiratory system: Clears respiratory system in infection as it reduces kapha.
Effects on reproductive system: Amla acts as aphrodisiac and increases sperm count and motility. It helps to rejuvenate male reproductive system.
Effects on urinary system : It helps to soothe inner layers of bladder and helps to reduce frequency of urination.
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