Amla or Indian Gooseberry {Emblic officialis}

Referred to in ayurveda as Amla, Amalaki, and Dhatri, Indian Gooseberry is good for all doshas, but it is especially good for pitta.  Amala is one of the key ingredients in Triphala.


Ayurvedic Characteristics and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balancing for all doshas espcially Pitta
  2. Taste  – Sweet
  3. Energetics –Cooling
  4. Main Action – Rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, laxative, anti-aging
  5. Other Uses – Nutritive to all of the tissues, rejuvenating, Good for the digestive system, Used in acid reflux, ulcers and liver diseases, Used in Pitta fever, skin problems, anemia and diabetes. Nourishes the Brain and Mental Functioning, Regulates Elimination, Strengthen Immunity, Enhance Food Absorption, and Balances Hyperacidity.


Modern Research

  1. Powerful antioxidant with high content of Vitamin C, Antiviral and antimicrobial properties, Induce apoptosis and modify gene expression in osteoclasts involved in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, Anti-cancer activity, Promotes the spontaneous repair and regeneration process of the pancreas occurring after an acute attack, Reduction of blood cholesterol levels in both normal and hypercholesterolemic individuals