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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Amalaki, Adiphala  
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English: Indian Gooseberry  
Botanical: Phyllanthus emblica  
Hindi: Amla  
Telugu: Usirikai  
Common names: Amla, Amalaka, Nelli, Amali, Aonla, Usiri, Bettada Nellikaayi.  
Family name: Euphorbiaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Fruit

Contents: Alkaloids: Vitamin C, minerals and amino acids.

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: It has all tastes except salt.
  • Vipak: Mathura [sweet].
  • Veerya: Seetaveerya.

4. Uses:

  • It increases red blood cell count and regulates blood sugar.
  • It cleanses intestines, strengthens teeth, aids eyesight, acidity, eye and lung inflammations, ulcerations.
  • It acts as Cardio, cerbal and gastrointestinal tonic.
  • Strong rejuvenative.
  • It removes worms.
  • Good remedy for constipation and tissue deficiency.
  • Rebuilds cells of blood, bones and tissues.
  • One of the triphalas.
  • This is called as rasayana.
  • Recommended for vertigo.
  • It clears intestines and strengthens teeth.
  • It helps to cure eye sight.
  • It cleanses mouth, stops gum bleeding.
  • It enhances red blood cell count.
  • Regulates blood sugar.
  • Stoops stomach inflammation.
  • The nature is aphrodisiac, antipyretic, antidiabetic,strong and rejuvenate.
  • It prevents premature graying and hair loss.
  • It cures skin diseases, respiratory disorders and tumors.
  • Removes worms from stomach.
  • It helps in painful urination, and internal bleeding.
  • It helps to cure anemia, biliousness, bleeding, colitis, convalescence from fever, diabetes, gastritis, gout, hepatitis, hemorrhoids, liver weakness.
  • It relieves stress.
  • It is a good herb for osteoporosis, palpitation, spleen weakness.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Sookshma patra: The plant with small leaves.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Amla: Sour in taste.
  • Kalpa vruksha: The plant which cure all disorders.
  • Amruta phala: The fruit of this plant is used for regeneration.
  • Rasayani: With properties of rasayana.

7. Reference:

Sustrruta kalpastaanum, Raja maarthandam, Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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