Ayurvedic Heartburn and Acidity Remedies and Cures: Amla

You can find natural heartburn remedies in almost every avenue of complementary and alternative medicine or therapy. Ayurvedic medicine is no exception and Amla or as it is also known the Indian Gooseberry has been one of its most widely used and revered herbs for more than 3,000 years. This probably explains the origin of the old Indian saying “As gold is to the minerals, Amla is to the herbs.”

Ayurvedic Practictioners often recommend Amla for digestive problems and there is some scientific research published in “Phytomedicine” in September 2002 which demonstrates that Amla reduces acid production in the stomach and prevents the development of gastric lesions. As well as being beneficial for the treatment of heartburn, because Amla is high in fiber it is also often prescribed as a remedy for constipation.

Amla is often used as a daily tonic as provides high levels of vitamins and minerals. Historic texts advise that the herb was used as it “promotes longevity and induces nourishment”.  When you know that Ayurveda translated from Sanskrit means  “the complete knowledge for a long life”

It provides:

  • High levels of Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Phenols such as quercetin, ellagic and gallic acids
  • Vitamins B , Niacin, Thiamin and Riboflavin
  • Tannins

It has both antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory properties and it could probably be called a “super food” without any difficulty.

Amla is a greenish- yellow fruit which grows on a deciduous shrub that can be found in both the Middle East and India. It is prepared for Ayurvedic treatment by first drying the fruit. The dry fruit is then ground and wet with fresh amla juice before drying again. This sequence is then repeated a number of times to provide a very concentrated powder.

As well as medicinal use Amla is also very widely used in hair and beauty treatments. For example, Dabur Amla Hair Oil is used by over 35 million customers in India. It is credited with treating dandruff, preventing hair loss and premature graying.

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