Indian Gooseberry Benefits in Ayurveda

Indian Gooseberry Benefits in Ayurveda


Amla (Indian Gooseberry) is a medium size deciduous plant with height ranging from 1–8 m. The trunk is slightly  curved and the branches are scattered around. The bark is gray with hard wood reddish in colour and the flowers are greenish yellow. The fruit is light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with six vertical stripes or furrows. The leaves are lighter in weight and smell like lemon. . A ripened Amla fruit is hard and weighs approximately between 60 and 70 grams. It wraps and splits when exposed in the sun or in excessive heat. Ripening in autumn, the berries are harvested by hand. The Indian emblic tastes sour, bitter and astringent, and it is quite fibrous.

It is planted throughout the deciduous forests of tropical India and on the hill slopes up to 2000 meters.Commercially cultivated in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, it is also grown in Middle Eastern regions, as the climate is perfect for cultivation.


Raw Amla provides 600 milligram Vitamin C per 100 gram.

Pressed juice provides 920 milligram / 100ml.

Dehydrated Amla provides 2500 to 3500 milligram Vitamin C per 100 gram. Dried and powdered Amla provides 1800 to 2600 milligram Vitamin C per 100 gm. Though Indian gooseberry is sour and bitter in taste, yet it is recommended that it should be eaten raw, as the nutritional value remains intact. However there are other ways of consuming

  1. 1 tablespoonful of Amla juice and honey taken every morning provides energy and strength to the body.
  2. Two teaspoons of Indian gooseberry juice in half cup of water taken every morning improves your eyesight.
  3. Amla helps in reducing blood sugar in diabetics. 1 tablespoonful of Amla juice mixed with onecup of bitter gourd juice if taken early morning for two months, can control blood sugar.
  4. 2 teaspoons of dried Amla powder mixed with honey taken 3 -4 times a day cures sore throat and cold.
  5. Amla is considered an effective remedy for heart disease. Before going to sleep, take 500 mg of dried Indian gooseberry powder with a glass of water. It helps in maintaining cholesterol levels and good for the heart.
  6. Amla is helpful in tuberculosis of lungs, asthma, and bronchitis.
  7. Amla delays ageing process and maintains strength in old age.
  8. Amla helps enriching hair growth and hair pigmentation.
  9. Amla boosts immunity and protects from common cough and cold.


According to Ayurveda, a 5000 year old natural healing system of medicine, Amla fruit is sour in taste, with sweet, bitter and pungent secondary tastes. However the post digestive effect is sweet and it acts like a coolant if taken after meals. As per Ayurveda, Amla balances all the 3 doshas. Amla is used to revitalise potency and the digestive system, rejuvenate longevity, cure stomach constipation, reduce fever, purify the blood, reduce cough and asthmatic problems, strengthen the heart, improve eyesight, stimulate hair growth, enliven the body, and enhance intellect.

Indian gooseberry is a common constituent in various Ayurveda formulations and is notably the primary ingredient in an ancient herbal rasayana called Chyawanprash. This formula contains 43 herbal ingredients as well as clarified butter, sesame oil, sugar cane juice, and honey.The fruit is also called yuganzi which is used to treat throat inflammation according to the Chinese traditional therapy.

The fruit, which is a diuretic, aperient, laxative and hair dye, is the richest source of Vitamin C. It cures insomnia and is useful in hemorrhage, menorrhagia, leucorrhoea and discharge of blood from uterus. Amla powder and oil are used traditionally in Ayurveda  applications for the treatment of scalp. Amla powder improves immunity and gives physical strength. It helps in improving complexion and removing wrinkles. It is also used as a cooling agent to reduce the effects of sun strokes and sun burns.


The high tannin content in Indian gooseberry fruit serves as a mordant for fixing dyes in fabrics. Amla shampoo and hair oil is traditionally believed to nourish the hair and scalp and prevent the growth of grey hair. Amla is used in sauces, candy, dried chips, pickle, jellies and powder. In the dyeing industry its extract is popularly used in the ink. Amla wood is commonly used in firework.

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