Medicinal value of Emblica Officinalis
Emblica officinalis or amla has been the most common traditional medicines used by us from ancient times. It is one of the purest sources of vitamin C and used extensively for hair care. Regular consumption of amla is thought to slow down the ageing and incrase our age. The fruit of the plant is edible in nature.
Botanical name: Emblica Officinalis
Amalaki, Adiphala, Dhatri, Amalaka, Shriphala, Vrittophala (Sanskrit), Amla, Amlika, Anvurah, Aoula (Hindi), Amluki, Amalaki, Amlokhi (Assamese), Amla, Meral, Amlaki (Bengali), Nellikai, Nelli, Dadi, Dhanya (Kannada), Nellikai, Nelli (Malyalam), Alathanda, Khondona, Anola (Oriya), Heikru (Marathi) and Indian gooseberry (English).
Amla is a medium sized deciduous tree native to India and found throughout India. It is most common in the dry deciduous forests. Apart from India it is also abundantly found in Indian subcontinents like Burma, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Amla is also found in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The fruits are used extensively for ayurvedic treatment.
Emblica Officinalis or Amla is a rich source of various chemicals and minerals such as ascorbic acid, ellagic acid, gallic acid, tannic acid, albumin, cellulose, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phenols, emblicanins, flavonoids, glycosides, and proanthocyanidins which has significant medicinal importance and hence amla possess aphrodisiac, immunomodulatory, antiviral, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, hypotensive, Antacid, laxative, hepatoprotective, and anticancer properties. Thus, the plant posses a variety of medicinal properties which makes is medicinally so important.
Amla is one of the most important plants used from the ancient times in ayurveda for the successful treatment of several diseases. Amla possess a wide range of medicinal properties, which is helpful in treatment of various ailments. The medicinal value of Emblica officinalis or Amla can be listed as: