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Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a traditional medical system which emphasizes the use of herbs, essential oils, nutrition, massage and meditation in disease prevention and treatment. It includes diet and herbal remedies based on the use of concentrated essential oils which are obtained from flowers, leaves, barks, branches, rind or roots of plants with purported healing properties. This ancient medicinal system is gaining importance and recognization in the entire globe.

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For thousands of years, medicinal herbs and plants have been widely used by humans for various ailments. As a powerhouse of innumerable vitamins, nutrients and other healing properties, these natural herbs are very effective in boosting the immune system, increasing the body resistance to infections, healing allergies, and raising and renewing body vitality.
Amla: An Introduction
Amla or Indian gooseberry, is an edible fruit of a small leafy tree (also known as amla) of the Euphorbiaceae family. It has one of the richest concentrations of natural Vitamin C of any edible plants on this planet. Every 100 gms of fresh fruit provides 470- to 680 mg s of Vitamin C. Besides this, amla is also a very powerful antioxidant agent that boosts immunity, restores the vitality and rejuvenates all bodily systems. It is undoubtedly a miraculous herb and one of the precious gifts of nature to man for day-to-day use. Many ancient Rishi-Munis of India like Charak, Chyavan, Atreya, Kartik, Vrat Koumudi, and others have used this divine fruit in their formulations.
 
Amla: A Divine Plant
Amla or Indian gooseberry is worshipped in several Vedic festivals. It is being referred as  divaushadhi (a divine plant) in the sacred texts of Hinduism including the Puranas. Amla berry contains five of the six tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent, which makes it divine. The only taste missing is 'salty'. It is suitable for all seasons, weather conditions and body types. All parts of the plant are used in various ayurvedic herbal preparations, including the fruit, seeds, leaves, roots, barks and flowers.

 

Botanical Description
Amla tree is small to medium sized, which grows to a height of 8 to 18 m. It bears subsessile leaves and greenish-yellow flowers. The branches of the tree are glabrous which are around 10-20 cm long.

Amla fruit is spherical in shape and light greenish-yellow in colour. It looks quite smooth and hard in appearance, with 6 vertical stripes or furrows.

It is planted throughout tropical India and on the hill slopes up to 2000 meter. Light as well as the heavy soils are suitable for cultivating amla plant.

Propogation is generally done through seeds. It is irrigated during the monsoon season and starts bearing fruits in seven years from the day of planting.
 

Medicinal Properties of Amla
Besides being an exceptionally rich source of Vitamin C, amla also contains wonderful antioxidant properties. It also holds many other healing properties like anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-mutagenic,  anti-hyperhidrosis, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, and hypotensive relieving properties. It also increases protein synthesis and is useful in cases of hypoglycemia.

Chinese researchers have discovered that amla fruit is a rich source of therapeutic chemicals, including quercetin (which is also found in apples), gallic and ellagic acids, and various other less well-known ones such as chebulinic acid, chebulagic acid, corilagin, and isostrictiniin. All these  chemicals are powerful antioxidants that protect you from harmful free radicals that can increase the risk of a wide range of serious diseases including cancer.

 
It cures insomnia and is healthy for hair and also prevents vision loss resulting from diabetes-related cataracts. Amla is very beneficial in various ailments such as:

  • Cough, bronchitis, asthma, intermittent fevers
  • Hyperacidity, bilious vomiting, gastritis
  • Ulcer, jaundice, hepatitis
  • Hemoglobin, red blood cell count, anemia
  • Cholesterol, hypertension, cardiac disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Ophthalmopathy, cataract
  • Rheumatism, osteoarthritis
  • Diarrhea, dysentery
  • Gonorrhea, spermatorrhea,
  • Sexual rejuvenation
  • Scurvy, bleeding gums
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Premature graying and hair loss
  • Skin diseases,
  • Obesity, to name a few.
 
Other Uses
Amla is immensely used in preparing shampoos and hair oils. It is also used in sauces, candy, dried chips, pickles, jellies and powder. Its extracts are popularly used in ink while its high tannin content serves as a mordant for fixing dyes in fabrics.
 
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