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Benefit of India Gooseberry (Amla)

Updated on March 21, 2012
Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Indian Gooseberry (Amla) | Source

Power of Indian Gooseberry (Amla)!!!

India is called the land of wonders. It has provided so many innovations ranging from the invention of zero to finding the benefits of medicinal plants.

Indian contribution to the world of medicine is known world wide since ages especially in the field of Ayurveda. The great Charaka has described the medicinal value of various plants and one such plant is Amla (Emblica Officinalis); commonly called as Indian Gooseberry.

This herb is considered to be the native of India. All parts of this herb have proved to be beneficial but the main benefits comes from the fruit part, and is consumed in various forms such as dried, powdered, juice, decoction and paste.

Amla comes in a greenish yellow color and is round in shape.

Properties of Amla

Amla is a fruit which is considered to be the good source of Vitamin C, calcium, protein, irons, carbohydrates, phosphorous and many other things.

Amla is acidic in nature, cools the body, and act as a diuretic agent, aphrodisiac alternant tonic and antipyretic.

It contains nearly thirty times of Vitamin C as compared to oranges.

The equilibrium of the body is maintained by amla as it equals the level of three doshas of bile, storm and Phlegm. It also aids in strengthening the heart and immune system, and alleviates the diseases related to eye, skin, hair and other body ailments.

Benefits of Amla
Benefits of Amla | Source

Benefits and Uses of Amla

To boost your immune system, start taking one raw amla daily with water or milk.

You can also have amla with honey to make yourself feel revitalized and energized and it puts away your weakness.

To cure your eye ailments wash your eyes with the water which has been cooled after straining the amla powder from it.

Apply amla pulp on head and wash your head after getting it massaged will help in improving the burning sensation of your eyes

To get a relief from the migraine pain, one should apply a paste made with dried amla powder, kumkum, neelkamal and rose-water.

To cure the involuntary emissions at night, one should regularly consume 10 grams of fresh amla juice along with 1 gram of turmeric and honey twice a day (every morning and evening).

Acidity is a common problem amongst masses, but one can cure it by having a teaspoon of dried amla powder with honey or ghee after dinner.

Leucorrhea is common in females and it can get cured by taking around 3 grams of powdered amla with 6 grams of honey every day for at least a month.

Amla is also beneficial in curing the uro-generative problems. Having a crushed amla pulp with misri (crystallized sugar) helps in curing blood in urine.

You can take 20 grams of fresh amla juice along with 10 grams of honey and water twice a day and it will cure all your problems related to urination.

Amla helps in breaking the stones in the bladder and helps in flushing it out with urine if taken in the form of amla powder along with radish. For better results, you should take this empty stomach during morning or evening.

Diabetes can be cured with amla juice along with honey.

To get relief from cold and cough, consume about 2 tablespoons of fresh amla juice with honey. It helps in taking out phlegm from the lungs. In case of dry cough, have a 1 tsp of amla powder along with honey.

Due to eating disorders, constipation is a major concern nowadays, so to cure it one should have 1 tsp of dried amla powder either with milk or water before going to bed. It eases out the bowel movements and keeps the digestive system clean.

In case of Jaundice, prepare a potion by mixing 4 soaked big raisins (Munnakkas) and 4 amla and crush them to form a juice. Consume this twice daily for the results.

If you have got the boils in your mouth, you can get rid of them by doing gargles twice a day with water having fresh amla juice and apply it on your boils.

Many skin problems also get cured by having amla.

To keep your hair strong and shining, apply a paste formed from the lemon juice mixed with amla powder, leave it for 10-15 minutes before washing down your hair.

To improve the complexion and have a clear and soft skin, apply a paste of amla with turmeric added into it. This also helps in curing pimples and blemishes.


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      Sujeet Kumar 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great Article!

      It's really helpful and good resources of different kinds of amla benefits for hair and skin care problems.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great hub about the many benefits. When I go into the Indian supermarket I pick up AMLA oil to use on my hair - it is the best.

      Oh, and in addition to all the many wonders India has given up - I do love the food. Tonight I am having Navratan Korma. One of the great things about living in New York City is that I can find and eat all the Indian Cuisine I want- and oh the sweets. Mmmmm

      Rated up! Yay!

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      maisym123 5 years ago

      no worries it was nice news thanks

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      thearbiter0808 5 years ago

      I am always fascinated with India. Thanks for this hub!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      I have not heard of this Indian Gooseberry before but it is nice to learn the information here. Thanks for sharing.

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      maisym123 5 years ago

      that is very good news i never ever new that my name is maisy mullin wuu2 wanna talk