Botanical Name: Phyllanthus emblica Linn.
Sanskrit Name: Amalaki, Dhatri
English Name: Indian Gooseberry
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Occurrence: Mixed forest
Habit: Tree
Parts used:

Fruit, leaves


Medicinal uses:

It is a rejuvenative drug. Fruit is acrid,cooling,refrigerant,diuretic and laxative. Raw fruit is aperient. External application is advocated in alopecia(hair fall), toothache and ophthdmic conditions. It is taken internally in conditions with altered gastrointestinal motility (diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation), dyspepsia, piles, peptic ulcers, liver disorders, menstrual disorders,leucorrhoea, blood disorders such as anaemia, renal dysfunction and as an anti-inflamatory and anti-stress agent. It is a remedy against fever,tuberculosis and other chest infections. Regular intake of this fruit has been suggested not only in diseased condition but also for general maintenance of health. Oral administration of this drug increases the phagocytic and intracellular killing capacity of peritoneal macrophases. It is certain that strengthening of cellular defence systems appears to be the major action of this fruit. This findings provides its rational in diverse conditions in which the body's defence mechanisms are jeopardized. Fermented liquor prepared from the fruit is used in jaundice, dyspepsia and cough. Fruit is successfully used in the treatment of scurvy.


Chemical constituents :

 

 

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Fruit is the richest natural source of Vit.C. Seeds contain fixed oil, phosphatides and essential oil. Fruits,bark and leaves are rich in tannin.