Ámalakí, Emblic

 Sanskrit: Ámalakí (meaning: the nurse)

•amalakI

 

Hindi: Ámla

 

E n g l i s h: Emblic   my robalan;

Indian Gooseberry

Latin: Emblica o f f icinalis Euphorbiaceae Part      Used: Fruit

 

H a b i t a t: Himalayas, sea coasts, Kashmir, Deccan

Energetics: Mostly sour, but include all tastes (except salty)-cold-sweet VP (K+ and áma in excess) Tissues: All; increases ojas

 

Systems: Circulatory, digestive, excretory

 

Action: Aphrodisiac, astringent, hemostatic, laxa- tive, nutritive tonic, refrigerant, rejuvenative (for Pitta), stomachic

 

Uses: All Pitta diseases, all obstinate urinary con- ditions, anemia, biliousness, bleeding, colitis, con- stipation, convalescence from fever, diabetes, gas- tritis, gout, hair (premature gray/balding), hepati- tis, hemorrhoids, liver weakness, mental disorders, osteoporosis, palpitation, spleen weakness, tissue deficiency, vertigo; rebuilds blood, bones, cells, and tissues. It increases red blood cell count and regu- lates blood sugar; heart tonic, cleanses mouth, stops gum bleeding, stops stomach and colon inflam- mation; cleanses intestines, strengthens teeth, aids eyesight, highest natural source of vitamin C (3,000 mg. per fruit), worms, acidity, eye and lung inflam-

 

mations, ulcerations, G.I. disorders, painful urina- tion, internal bleeding.

 

Spiritual benefits: It is sattwic (pure) in quality, gives love, longevity, and good fortune. For moth- ers who behave angrily towards their children, it calms and balances their emotions. For children who have lost their mother, it fills them with the sense that their mother is there. Thus, ámalakí has another name, dhatri, meaning “mother” in San- skrit

 

Precautions: May cause acute diarrhea in Pitta

 

doßhas. Pregnancy

 

Prepared: Decoction, powder (1/4-3 tsp.), sweets

 

 

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