Other Names: Emblica myrobalan
According to Ayurveda, Amalaki rebuilds and maintains new tissues and increases red blood cell count. It cleanses the mouth, strengthens the gums and teeth, nourishes the bones, and is the highest natural source of Vitamin C. It possesses all six tastes except for salty, and is a rasayana for Pitta with sattvic properties. It is an astringent haemostatic and thus stops bleeding, making it useful for gingivitis, hemorrhoids, and anemia. Amalaki is also a vermifuge, an aphrodisiac, and improves the appetite and controls blood sugar in diabetes. It is used to treat fever, cough, eye diseases, inflammation of the stomach and colon, jaundice, dyspepsia, vertigo, palpitations, colitis, constipation, hiccups, and generally any liver or heart complaints. It is also applied as a paste to the head in mental disorders.