Phyllanthus emblica also known as Indian Gooseberry or Amla in Hindi is commonly found in India. Amla is basically a deciduous tree reaching to a maximum height of 18m. The leaves are quite simple looking and are pinned together just like pinnate leaves. The Amla tree is basically categorized into two types; these are the one that grows in the forest and the other one that’s grown in Indian villages. The trees in the forest bears fruits which are much smaller in size and have thicker skin while the village gooseberries are bigger and softer. According the some people the gooseberries grown in the villages possess far more medicinal values than the one that grows in the forests.
Let us look at some of the prominent medical benefit of Indian gooseberry.
- Act as a hair tonic
Amla offers excellent nutrition to the hair. It can be used as a paste or can be eaten to get the desired effect. Several herbal hair care product in the market has amla as their main ingredient.
- Relieves from sore throat
Amla has unique property that relieves you of sore throat. Mix equal amount of carom seeds, turmeric and amla powder. Use 1 to 2 gm of the mixture with honey, this will help you in getting relief from the sore throat.
- Benefits Eyes
Amla behaves as an excellent eye coolant and helps in removing dark circles. You can nurture your eyes by using a mixture of 20 to 50 grams of amla in half liter of water, then you can use this solution as an eye drop
- Helps with breathing problems
Take about 10 to 20 grams of amla and extract its juice. Now mix the juice with 2 to 3 grams of honey. Consuming this mixture will help you in getting relief from any breathing problems.
- Pitta dosha
For long term relief from Pitta dosha, all you need to do is to mix amla with honey and ingest it on a regular basis.
Intake of 10-20 grams of amla juice helps in soothing nausea. If you continue to intake the same for 2-3 times a day, it will help in the stopping the nausea.
- Clear Urine retention and Urine Infection
There is a simple yet effective method to clear urine retention. Just have some dried amla and soak it in water for some time. Then boil the water along with the amla extracts. Consuming this potion twice a day will clear all your urine retention problems.
Make a mixture of about 10-20 grams of Indian gooseberry juice, about 2 grams of turmeric powder and 10 grams of honey. Intake of the mixture twice a day can offer immense relief from urinary infections.
- In treating Jaundice
A mixture of amla and honey when consumed in semi-liquid form twice a day has a medicinal impact on internal organs like liver and helps in treatment of Jaundice.
- Indigestion and Constipation
Boil amla until it turns into a semi liquid form. Dry it properly with sun ray. Make a powder of pepper, ginger, cumin seeds and black salt and previously prepared dried Amla. Eating it with a little asafoetida powder for a few days will remove any indigestion problems.
Mix about 3-6 grams of amla powder with water and consume it on a regular basis. Regular consumption relief you from constipation, piles and headache.
- Cures Diarrhoes
Mixing 5 grams of amla and a teaspoonful of ginger extract with water can help in curbing diarrhea.
- Cures wounds
Amla juice massage on the wound place provides an immediate relief from the pain.
- Builds Endurance
Mix 3 to 6 grams of powdered amla and amla juice, along with a teaspoonful of ghee, two teaspoons of honey. The mixture when consumed on a regular basis, with a glass of milk, helps in building endurance and longevity.