Amla also known as amalaki, dhatriphala in Sanskrit and Emblica officinale is its scientific name, is the most widely used herb in the ayurvedic system of medicine. Alma is the strongest natural source of Vitamin C. In fact, this tiny fruit has as much Vitamin C as of two oranges. Vitamin C, when taken in the form of supplements, is not always easily absorbed. But when you eat an Alma berry, the Vitamin C present is easily assimilated by body.
There are lots of benefits of Amla like; it helps in maintaining balance amongst three Doshas of wind, bile and phlegm. The English name of Alma is Indian gooseberry denotes that it is indigenous to India. Though all parts of the tree have medicinal value, it is the fruit which constitutes the main drug.
Amla fruit is acrid, cooling, refrigerant, diuretic, laxative, alexeteric, antipyretic, aphrodisiac alternant, tonic and trichogeneous in nature. It is the richest natural source of Vitamin C. 100 gm. of Alma contains about 700 mg. of vitamin C, which is thirty times the amount found in oranges. In addition to Vitamin C, it also contains calcium, iron, protein, garlic and tannic acids, sugar, phosphorus, carbohydrates etc. The juice of fresh Alma fruit is given as tonic, diuretic and anti-bilious remedy. It is also helpful in burning sensation, over thirst, dyspepsia and other complaints of digestive system.
Other benefits of Amla are that it is very good for hair growth, and also it imparts black colour to hair .It is an excellent bleaching agent for skin, when applied in combination with Alma and honey; it acts as a natural bleaching agent.
The powder of the dried Alma fruit is an effective remedy of hyperacidity, ulcers and blood impurities. It is also used both internally and externally as a decoction and paste. Alma strengthens the body, releases toxins from the body and improves defense mechanism of the body. It is an essential vitamin to improve eye sight.