Amalaki is great support and nutrition for the digestive tract, among other wonderful benefits including optimal function of the inner and outer skin, arteries, blood purification and liver rejuvenation.
Amalaki refers to the herbal use of the amla fruit, also called Indian gooseberry. The wordamla literally means “sour,” and its other name, dhatri, means “mother” or “nurse.” Its associations point to Amalaki’s reputation as being greatly nourishing and supportive for a great array of body systems and all the body types, or doshas.
As the principal ingredient in Chyawanprash, the pillar Ayurvedic antioxidant superfood, Amalaki boasts a catalogue of benefits, including:
- Rejuvenative for the liver
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Supports a healthy reproductive system
- Promotes stable and healthy energy levels
- Protector and tonic for the heart by supporting healthy cholesterol levels and integrity and cleanliness of the arterial walls
- Cleanses and nourishes the blood
- Awakens Digestion
- Promotes healthy hair
- Tonic for a clear mind
- Corrects the flow of vata
- Protects and tonifies the eyes
By supporting the inner and outer skin, Amalaki supports a host of health functions that are dependent on healthy inner skin lining the digestive system and organs. For example, the skin that lines the heart and arteries are uniquely supported by Amalaki. For the outer skin, Amalaki supplementation helps develop that radiance and clarity of the skin. Amalaki is sometimes used topically and is a powerful ingredient in Ayurvedic skin care.
Taste (Rasa): Sour, bitter, astringent. Secondarily pungent and sweet.
Energy (Virya): Cooling
Post-digestive quality (Vipaka): Sweet
Quality (Guna): Light, dry
Tissue (Dhatu): All tissues are affected, especially blood and muscles
Channel (Srotas): Circulation, digestion and elimination