Emblica Officinalis, Amla (Hindi), Indian gooseberry.

This small to medium deciduous tree grows to 1-8m (3-26ft) in height. The leaves are simple and light-green in colour, Flowers are yellowish/green followed by its fruit of similar colour with 6 vertical stripes. The berries ripen in autumn and are harvested by hand.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Which probiotic is it in?: Amalaki is a key herb in Kids

Habit and cultivation: Grows in the tropical and subtropical parts of China, India, Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula.

Actions (known for): Nutritive tonic, rejuvenate, aphrodisiac, laxative, refrigerant, stomachic, astringent and homeostatic.


In Indian mythology it is believed to be the first tree created in the universe.

Parts used:

All parts of the plant.

Constituents (bio available chemicals):

Ellagitannins: emblicanin, emblicanin B, punigluconin, pedunculagin, punicafolin, phyllanemblinin A, flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid and gallic acid.

Nutritional constituents:

High in vitamin C.


Bleeding disorders, haemorrhoids, anemia, diabetes, gout, vertigo, gastritis, colitis, hepatitis, constipation, hepatic conditions, general debility and tissue-deficiency.


Decoction powder: 250mg-1g daily.

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Cautions for therapeutic doses

Acute diarrhoea and dysentery.

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