A precious gifts of nature to man

Posted by on Jul-24-2010

The Indian gooseberry is one of the precious gifts of nature to man. Indian gooseberry popularly known as Amla is mainly found in India. The fruit is rich in Vitamin C and is considered as the best source of Vitamin C. All the parts of the amla plant are used for preparing Ayurvedic medicine including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers.
According to Ayurveda, amla fruit is sour and astringent in taste, with sweet, bitter and pungent secondary tastes. It may be used as a rasayana to promote longevity, and traditionally to enhance digestion, treat constipation, reduce fever, purify the blood, reduce cough, alleviate asthma, strengthen the heart, benefit the eyes, stimulate hair growth, enliven the body, and enhance intellect.
Ayurveda recommends taking a tonic made from this fruit through out the winter season. Fresh Amla has high concentration of Vitamin C in it. As it is rich in Vitamin C, this fruit helps to boost the functioning of immune system. This fruit helps in digestion and is used for making gastrointestinal Ayurvedic tonics. This fruit also assist body in excreting urinary waste.
The elements contained in this fruit are antiviral, raise the total protein level, and activate the adrenaline response. Amla also help in improving body weight. It is considered as a highly nutritious fruit. Apart from Vitamin C, this fruit also contains essential minerals.
In Ayurvedic polyherbal formulations, Indian gooseberry is a common constituent, and most notably is the primary ingredient in an ancient herbal rasayana called Chyawanprash. This formula, which contains 43 herbal ingredients as well as clarified butter, sesame oil, sugar cane juice, and honey, was first mentioned in the Charaka Samhita as a premier rasayana compound.

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