Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Phyllanthus emblica

Botanical name : Phyllanthus emblica Linn.
Family : Euphorbiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Amalaki, Dhatri, Vayastha, Amritaphala

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta, Madhura, Amla
Guna : Guru, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian gooseberry, Gooseberry
Hindi : Amalak, Amla
Malayalam : Nelli, Nellikka

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as well as growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium sized deciduous tree grows up to 25 meters in height. Leaves simple, subsessile, many, closely arranged along the thin soft branchlets. Thus it gives false appearance as compound leaf. Flowes greenish yellow, in leaf axils, unisexual, fruit globose, fleshy, greenish yellow, with 6 vertical compartments. Seed 6 faced, stony hard when ripe.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Plant pacifies vitiated tridoshas, constipation, stomatitis, jaundice, disorders of vision, fever, cough, wheezing, cardiac disorders and general weakness. Useful part : Root, Bark, Leaves, Fruits

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