Emblica officinalis is a superb antioxidant. It belongs in the pantheon of rare super berries, and its antioxidant abilities create a deep foundation for its unique healing properties.
Amla fruit is praised as Dhatri (God of health) in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, Amla is known to balance all the processes in the body and brings to equilibrium all three doshas – vata, kapha and pitta. Amla is nothing less than an elixir for human health. It is believed as God’s help sent in the form of nature to save mankind from several ailments and chronic illnesses. Amalaki is one of the essential ingredients of Triphala Choorna (powder), which is the most important and most popular combination of Indian Herbs in Ayurvedic system of medicine. The other two ingredients are known as Hirada and Behada.
The combination of these three super herbs is so wonderful that it can create miraculous results in the body and mind. It has the power to balance the Tridoshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). Amla is the main ingredient of Chyavanprasha. Chyavanprasha is an ancient and popular remedial tonic of Ayurveda. Maharshi Chyavan first prepared this medicine and that is why it is known as Chyanprasha. It is made by mixing the preparation of eighteen roots and herbs in the fresh Amalaki paste and sugarcane syrup. Chyanprasha enhances body metabolism and immunity and is considered to be one of the most health-promoting products of Ayurveda. This diet is a powerful tonic. It is said that Sage Chyavan made it to bring back youth in an old and fragile body.
Acharya Charaka explains the medicinal properties of Amla as
“Amlam samadhuram tiktam kashaayam katukam saram Chakshshyam sarvadoshaghnam vrishyamaamalkiphalam”
Amalakiphala has five rasas (tastes) like amla (sour), madhura (sweet), tikta (bitter), kashaya (astringent taste) and katu (pungent taste). Amla is very useful in treating diseases of eyes. It alleviates Tridoshas. It is the best aphrodisiac and rejuvenator.
By, Dr. B.R.Ramakrishna BAMS, PHD – Yoga.