Is Amalaki the Wonder Remedy for Arthritis?

by Support on February 25, 2011

There has been a lot of talk recently in natural medecine circles about the healing and rejuvinating power of amalaki. See what you think.

The Healing Power of Amalaki

Feb 24, 2011 Nicola Sompayrac

Amalaki Tree Fruit Indian Gooseberry - Wikimedia Commons used with permission Amalaki Tree Fruit Indian Gooseberry – Wikimedia Commons used with permission

Amalaki stands supreme as “The Great Rejuvenator” even after hundreds of scrutinous scientific studies, all of which can be found at Pub Med, the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health public research site.


Amalaki, the Indian gooseberry, has been revered for over 5,000 years in Ayurveda for it’s rejuvenating properties. In Hinduism, amla is regarded as a sacred tree. Termed ‘The Nurse’ and ‘Fruit of Immortality’, this small golf ball sized, but potent fruit is celebrated widely for the powerful healing it awakens within the body. As one of the richest sources of natural vitamin C known to man, Amalaki promotes healthy immune function containing a high density of tannins and other polyphenols such as flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid and gallic acid, all of which promote good health.


The tree in which the fruit is grown is small to medium sized with greenish-yellow flowers. Grown at the base of the Himalyas and ripening in Autumn, the fruit itself is round, light greenish yellow, smooth, hard in appearance with six vertical stripes. The taste is primarily sour, bitter and astringent with sweet, pungent secondary taste. As a common practice in India, these berries are steeped in a salt water plus turmeric mix to make the sour fruit more palatable and pleasing to the taste buds.

More Benefits

According to Banyan Botanicals, a bulk source of ayurvedic herbs and oils, traditionally Amalaki is used to improve digestion while nourishing and strengthening the body, but is also a potent rejuvenative for the entire body. It is said to stimulate the production of red blood cells, enhance cellular regeneration, increase lean body mass and support proper function of the liver, spleen, heart and lungs. It has also been used to improve eyesight, strengthen the bones and teeth, and cause hair and nails to grow. It improves the digestive fire, maintains a healthy blood sugar level and is a rich natural source of antioxidants.

Traditional Medicinal Use

Amalaki is considered light and dry with a sweet post-digestive effect and cooling energy. Bringing balance to all three doshas (pitta, kapha and vata), this is a very special botanical and one that is used as what is termed a rasayana, or rejuvenative to promote longevity.

Traditionally the Indian gooseberry is used to enhance digestion, treat constipation, reduce fever, purify the blood, reduce cough, alleviate asthma, strengthen the heart, benefit the eyes, stimulate hair growth, enliven the body, enhance intellect, treat ‘hot’ diseases and cure inflammation.

Medical Research

Peer reviewed research studies have shown the amalaki fruit to demonstrate in vitro antiviral and antimicrobial properties having a positive effect in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Experimental preparations of leaves, bark and fruit have shown effectiveness against laboratory models of disease, such as for inflammation, cancer, age-related renal disease, and diabetes.

A human pilot study revealed a reduction of blood cholesterol levels, significant decrease in blood glucose, triglycerides and improvement in liver function.

In India, it is common to use as treatment for hair disorders like premature falling and graying and has been used to treat various diseases through Ayurvedic therapies dating back many many centuries.

A Superfood

Move over all you super berries, amalaki may just be the only superfood you’ll ever need! I have personally heard from several of the leading scientists and experts in mind-body medicine, including the world famous Dr. Deepak Chopra, that if every man, woman and child could consume only one fruit, herb, food or medicine, Amalaki would be the answer.



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Amalaki Tree Fruit Indian Gooseberry - Wikimedia Commons used with permission Amalaki Tree Fruit Indian Gooseberry – Wikimedia Commons used with permission

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