Amla

Definition - What does Amla mean?

Amla is a fruit that has been used in Ayurvedic treatments for thousands of years. Known in Sanskrit as Amlaki, the literal meaning of Amla is 'sour,' but it is synonymous with Emblica officinalis, a fruit tree that grows throughout India. The Amla fruit is sour-tasting and likened to a gooseberry.

Amla has a powerful effect on the body's regulatory systems, and is known to elevate energy, promote reproductive health, maintain healthy cholesterol levels and improve the respiratory system. It acts as a tonic not only for the physical body, but for the sense organs and the mind.

Yogapedia explains Amla

Amla has exceptionally high Vitamin C content, stabilized by the presence of tannins. This helps to maintain its nutritional value, even through the digestion process. Amla is known to improve immunity and rejuvenate all body tissue by stimulating the production of Ojas, a subtle essence responsible for vitality.

The primary benefits of Amla are:

  • Supporting healthy metabolism, digestion and elimination
  • Promoting anti-inflammatory properties within the body
  • Nourishing the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Assisting internal cleansing
  • Balancing digestive fire
  • Promoting healthy eyes, hair, nails and skin

Amla is used to pacify all three doshas, though it is particularly useful in calming Pitta. It is one of the three fruits used in Triphala, and is the key ingredient in Chyavanprash, a nutritious Ayurvedic herbal jam.

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