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Stay fit this summer-facts about the wonder herb plant,Amla

Its summer time and along with it arises a battle to seasonal diseases. Let’s see how Amla can help us prevent such diseases and stay strong!

Amla is also known as Indian Gooseberry, and finds use in various culinary forms such as pickles, jam, sweetened delicacies etc. It is a wonder fruit and has several benefits. Fresh or dried amla fruits are commonly used.

Since many years, amla has been associated with good health and longevity.

You must be aware of the main Doshas in Ayurveda, namely Vata, Kapha, and Pitta doshas. Pitta dosha is mainly known to develop during the summer months, although it may develop in other seasons as well. Amla is known to fight and cure the Pitta dosha during the summer months.

Amla cools down the body system and balances the excess heat caused due to Pitta dosha. This heat would otherwise cause inflammation, bleeding, heart troubles, liver problems etc. It also strengthens the eyes, heart and liver. The wonder herb also keeps the blood sugar levels in check.

It is an absolute immunity booster, and makes our body so strong so as to fight common diseases. Amla also improves the sexual vitality in males by strengthening the glands that are responsible for semen secretion.

An important herbal jam called Chawanprash is commonly used in our country. Its major constituent is amla, among other herbal ingredients. A regular intake of Chawanprash improves immunity and develops resistance to disease.

Amla is a natural source of vitamin C. It is used as a natural remedy for hair problems. Hair products containing amla are known to condition the hair and improve hair texture. Let’s look at some specific products of amla that can be routinely used.
Trifgol for constipation - Trifgol is an Isabgol based natural fiber laxative, which also contains the goodness of Triphala (Amlaki, Hareetaki and Vibheetaki). Besides a laxative action Trifgol has other multiple health benefits as well.
Triphala churna for constipation - Triphala is a combination of three well known herbs - Amla , Harade and Bahera. These three fruits help in smooth functioning of bowel and relieve constipation.
Chawanprash immunity booster - Chyawanprash, a time-tested, age-old formulation has a number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi) known to have immuno modulatory properties and 48 other trusted Ayurvedic ingredients which boost immunity.
Shila X oil for weakness of local muscular and nervous tissues – Amla is a constituent of this preparation.
Supari Pak treats general weakness in women and consists of amla.
Arivindasava is a general tonic for children that contains amla. It prevents digestive problems and promotes growth.

Amla is known to enhance food absorption, and balance the acid in the stomach. It fortifies the liver, and is also useful in nourishing the brain. Amla strengthens the heart and lungs, and keeps the skin fresh. It regulates elimination, enhances fertility, and helps the urinary system. It promotes healthier hair, acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, strengthens the eyes, improves muscle tone and it acts as an antioxidant.

Thus, amla is most useful for the following:
  • Improving eyesight
  • Reduces sugar levels in diabetic patients
  • Strengthens the heart muscle
  • Improves appetite
  • Increases resistance to infection
  • Helps in digestive problems
  • Enhances hair growth and nourishes the hair
  • Has anti-aging properties
  • Regulates the bowel movements and cures constipation
  • Rejuvenates and restores the vitality of the body
  • Helpful in treatment of skin problems and particularly acne and pimples
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