Amla, also known as Amalaki or Indian Gooseberry, is known for its ability to rejuvenate the body or enable the body’s maximum potential, consistent with its classification as a “rasayana” herb in the Ayurvedic tradition. According to Ayurveda, Amla may be used as a rasayana (rejuvenative) to promote longevity and has traditionally been used to support digestion, heart health, healthy vision, hair growth, and enliven the body. Its antioxidant properties help fight free radical damage and support healthy aging.
Phyllanthus emblica fruit, commonly known as the Indian gooseberry, is an important medicinal plant in the traditional Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine. The fruits, which are of both dietary and medicinal use, are shown to possess myriad medicinal benefits and to possess anti-aging effects. Scientific studies carried out in accordance with the philosophy of modern medicine have shown amla to possess properties that can combat age-related illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, cardiac ailments, renal failure, immune suppression, arthritis, cataracts, and wrinkling of skin. The present chapter addresses these aspects in detail.
Amla does not have any known side effects or interactions and is generally well-tolerated by most individuals.