Amla  (Indian Gooseberry)

Amla

Latin:  Phylanthus emblica

Family:   Euphorbiaceae

Parts Used:    Fruit

Taste/Energetics:  Sour, sweet, cooling

Properties:  Metabolic tonic, immunomodulator, adaptogen, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, blood sugar regulation, diuretic

Actions:  A traditional herb often used in Ayurveda, Amla fruit is one the highest sources of vitamin C  with four times more than the average orange.  Amla is known as a rasayana, a supreme tonic helpful for improving immunity, cardiac function, strengthening heart muscles, lowering high blood pressure, for fighting off colds and flu, and for maintaining regular digestion and elimination.  In Ayurveda, amla is seen as restoring and building “ojas”.  Ojas is a term for our underlying essence, vigor and potency.

Dosage:  2-5 grams, 1-2 tsp/day . This is a lovely rejuvenative herb to be used traditionally in formulas in jam, syrups, chutneys, juices, decoctions and wines.  Amla is found in one the most famous Ayurvedic formulas known as Chyawanprash, a jam that consists of dozens of herbs that is useful for strengthening immunity and nervous system strength.  It is a wonderful rejuvenative tonic jam that is the most popular tonic formula in India.   Amla is also a key ingredient in triphala, a popular formula that acts as a mild laxative and digestive tonic.

Contraindications:  None known

Further Reading:

Amla Jam Recipe (from Flavors of Mumbai) 

From wikipedia