Fresh fruit of Amla (Emblica Officinalis ) is refrigerant, diuretic and laxative. Green fruit is exceedingly acid. Fruit is also carminative and stomachic. Dried fruit is sour and astringent. Flowers are cooling and aperient. Bark is astringent. The herb is also aphrodisiac, hemostatic, nutritive tonic, rejuvenative (for Pitta). It increases red blood cell count. It is one of the highest natural source of Vitamin C (3,000 mg per fruit).
Amla is used in the following forms: Decoction and Infusion of leaves and seeds; liquor, essential oil; confection; powder; paste and pickles. An astringent extract equal to catechu is prepared from the root by decoction and evaporation.
As a vermifuge
Juice of the fruit with honey is used. The recommended dose is from 1 to 3 drachms.
To stimulate appetite
Use pickles and preserves made from the green fruits.
For irritability of the bladder, in retention of urine and to the forehead in cephalalgia
Use a paste of the fruit alone or with Nelumbium speciosum, Saffron and rose water. Apply it over the affected region.
As a febrifuge and in diabetes
Use an infusion of the seeds
For hiccup and for painful respiration
Use juice or extract of the fruit combined with honey and pipli.
For hemorrhage, diarrhea and dysentery
Use dried fruit. A decoction prepared from the fruit combined with T. chebula and T. belerica is useful in chronic dysentery and biliousness, in doses of 1 oz. once or twice daily.
For diarrhea of children
A compound powder of the emblic seed, Chitrak root, chebulic myrobalan, pipli and palelone is given in suitable doses, according to age, in warm water twice daily, morning and at bed time.
Tender shoots given in butter-milk cure indigestion and diarrhea; green fresh leaves combined with curds have a similar effect.
Leaves are used as infusion with fenugreek seeds in chronic dysentery and as a bitter tonic.
Soak one tola of the seeds in a tinned vessel during the night. Grind it. Add cow's milk and take. This is a good remedy for biliousness.
For anemia, jaundice and dyspepsia
Use dried fruit with iron. A fermented liquor prepared from the root is used in jaundice, dyspepsia, cough, etc.
Take 20 to 40 grains of Dhatri Leha for anemia, jaundice and dyspepsia.
Dhatri Arista is used for jaundice, dyspepsia, indigestion, and cough.
For burning in the vagina
A mixture of the fruit juice and sugar is prescribed as a remedy for burning in the vagina. Juice of the bark combined with honey and turmeric is a remedy for gonorrhea.
To stop nausea and vomiting
A powder of the emblic seed and red sandalwood is given with honey. to stop.
For bleeding of the nose
Seed fried in ghee and ground in conjee is applied as Lep to the forehead to stop bleeding from the nose.
For scabies or itch
Apply the seed burnt, powdered and mixed in oil for scabies or itch.
As a restorative invigorator
Make a powder from an equal quantity of emblic seed and root of Withania somnifera. Add ghee and honey. Mix well. This is a restorative invigorator, especially in winter days.
Combine half a drachm each of emblic seed and gokhru. Grind and make them into a powder. Mix with 15 grains of essence of Gulancha. Give this in early morning with ghee and sugar. This is a nutrient tonic.