Amalaki is commonly called Amla or Indian gooseberry which is familiar to all. Gooseberries are children’s favorite due to its peculiar taste, a sour-sharp taste followed by sweet taste. Together with that it is a wonderful and powerful medicine too.

Having the botanical name Emblica officinalis / PhyllanthusEmblica, Gooseberry belongs to Euphorbiaceae family. It is a deciduous small or medium sized tree with crooked trunk and spreading branches and the medicinally useful part is it fruits.

Amalaki is one of the best Rasayana (rejuvinative) drugs used in Ayurveda. It is an immunomodulator, along with that it also has antioxidant, anticancerous, antimicrobial, pancreato-protective and liver protective properties. It is having high vitamin C content also. Amalaki is one of the main ingredients in Chyavanaprasam which is given as an immunity booster, very effective in debilitating diseases and also as a prophylactic medicine in cardio-pulmonary ailments.

Gooseberry is one of the main ingredients in Chyavanaprasam,which is given as an immunity booster, very effective in debilitating diseases and also as a prophylactic medicine in cardio-pulmonary ailments.

Other uses

Gooseberry is known for its antidiabetic activity. It is advised to take a mixture of Gooseberry juice along with turmeric powder daily for diabetic patients. This will help to maintain the blood sugar level under control. Amrita MehariChurna, NavayasaChurna are medicinal preparations containing Gooseberry which is given for Diabetes.

Gooseberry is also best for hair growth. BhringamalakadiTailam, NeelibhringadiTailam are medicated oils which contains Gooseberry and are used for hair problems.

It is one of the ingredients in KalyanaGulam, which is mainly given for skin diseases.

Gooseberry powder along with honey is very effective in Anemia. Cheriya Chinchadi Lehyam,Valiya Chinchadi Lehyam, Navayasa Choornam, Punarnavadi Manduram are drug of choices in Anemia. One of the ingredients in all these medicines is Gooseberry.