Other Names: Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus emblica, amalaki, Indian gooseberry
Often referred to as Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus emblica, amalaki, or Indian gooseberry, amla is one of the most celebrated herbs in traditional Indian medicine. When taken orally, amla exhibits strong anti-viral properties which have proven successful in treating the herpes simplex virus.
- antiviral (herpes, HIV, AIDS, CMV),
- immune boosting,
- antibacterial, and
- antioxidant properties.
Studies demonstrate that amla can suppress HSV 1 and HSV 2 infections while killing several types of infectious bacteria and increasing the healing rate of infected wounds. It is highly nutritious and is filled with a number of essential vitamins and nutrients. In addition to supplying highly concentrated amino acids and minerals, it is reputed to provide the highest content of vitamin C of any natural occurring substances in nature.
As well as acting as an antiviral, immune booster, tonic and antioxidant, amla is used to treat a variety of ailments in traditional medicine including diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, anemia and jaundice.
- “The Amla is a rich source of vitamin C and other natural antioxidants, including essential minerals. All parts of the herb play a crucial role in boosting the body’s immunity.”
- “In this study, 1,2,4,6-tetra-O-galloyl-β-d-glucose (1246TGG), a polyphenolic compound isolated from traditional Chinese medicine Phyllanthus emblica L. (Euphorbiaceae), was found to inhibit herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) infection at different magnitudes of activity in vitro.”
- “Antitumor activity of E.officinalis extract was attributed partially to its interaction with cell cycle regulation as was found to inhibit cell cycle-regulating enzymes.”
- “[…] the fruit of E. officinalis is diuretic, adaptogenic , hepatoprotective, antitumor, hypocholestrolemic, antioxidant and antiulcerogenic. The fruits are also reported to be anti-inflammatory, analgestic and antipyretic.”
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