AMLA (Indian Gooseberry)

The fruit of the wild Indian Gooseberry has been used in India for a number of ways in Ayurvedic medicine:

  • Aid in calcium absorption
  • Anxiety treatment
  • As a diuretic
  • Blood purifier
  • Cancer protection
  • Enhance quality of skin
  • Fat burning
  • Fertility enhancement
  • Fight free radicals (high in antioxidants)
  • Fight inflammation
  • Hair tonic
  • Heartburn treatment
  • Immune enhancement
  • Improved eyesight
  • Improved appetite
  • Improved vitiligo
  • In Ayurveda, balancing to all three doshas
  • Increase metabolism
  • Is a mild blood thinner
  • Liver support
  • Loaded with vitamin C
  • May reduce swelling of the pancreas
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Nutritive tonic
  • Pain relief
  • Protection against common cold
  • Protein synthesis enhancement
  • Reduces bad cholesterol
  • Relief of constipation (too much will make it worse)
  • Relief of urinary dysfunction
  • Relieves diarrhea
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort
  • Relieves nausea
  • Relief of sore throat
  • Restorative mucous membrane tonic
  • Stimulate insulin production
  • Support for osteoarthritis
  • Support of brain function
  • Support of dental health
  • Support of the gastrointestinal tract’s mucosal membranes (as well as skin, gums and scalp)
  • Support for hair growth
  • Treat stomach ulcers

You may be able to purchase Amla juice in season (December through April), dried (eat as a snack), or pickled (also may be candied and called amla murabba).  You can mix a little honey into the juice and dilute with water as Indian Gooseberry is sour.  It can be found in powder form and added to smoothies.  Amla oil may prevent premature greying.

AMLA contains oxalates and may not be suitable for those prone to kidney stones. One writer claimed links to liver damage but we were unable to find that link.