Amla Osteoporosis , Osteopenia reversing herb is native to India. Its Botanic name is Phyllanthus emblica. And it is also called Emblica officinalis.
In Sanskrit, this herb is called Amalaki or Dhartiphala. It has several 'popular names' : Indian Gooseberry, Emblic myrobalan, Amla and Amalaki. (NOTE: I mention all these names since the herb may be sold under any one of them. It may not always be called Amla.)
In India the Amla tree has been regarded as a sacred for many years. It was worshipped as Mother Earth and it is believed to nurture humankind because its nourishing fruits.
Description. The herb has gray bark. Its leaves are feathery and smell like lemon. Amla flowers in Spring and has greenish yellow flowers. Fruit starts to develop by mid-spring and these fruits ripen towards early autumn. The fruit looks very much like Gooseberry, hence it is sometimes named: Indian Gooseberry.
As for its healing properties, Amla is used for many different conditions:
1. There are several animal studies showing that an extract of this Amla reduces oxidative stress to the liver.
2.The herb has restored levels of glutathione and superoxide dismutase, two important anti-oxidants.
3. It is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders and colitis
4. And it is sometimes used to prevent early graying of hair
Amla is often used as a decoction and infusion of leaves and seeds. It is also used as a liquor, an essential oil; a confection; a powder and a paste. The one caution you need to be aware of is that some people (Pita doshas) can experiences acute diarrhea when using Amla. So if you get diarrhea after taking the herb, stop using it.
Amla may be beneficial but there are some people who should NOT use it.
If you have a bleeding disorder or are diabetic, please either do not use Amla or consult your health care provider before doing so.
In 2008 the Journal of Complimentary Alternative Medicine published an article concerning the Amla for the treatment of Osteoporosis.
This article is titled, Induction of apoptosis of human primary osteoclasts treated with extracts from the medicinal plant Emblica officinalis (Amla) and it presented research done by Letizia Penolazzi, Ilaria Lampronti and Roberto Gambari.
In their study these researchers found that Amla induced Osteoclasts cells to programmed cell death. Since Osteoclasts are our bone removing cells, their death would mean that less bone is removed. As a result bone density can increase. This is the same mechanism used by a number of pharmaceutical drugs such as the bisphosphonate class of drugsl
Big Caution. If you have a BLEEDING DISORDER of any kind, do not use amla before consulting your health care provider. Also, do not use it if you are going to have surgery.
Who should not take amla?
If you have a bleeding disorder, either do not use Amla, Indian gooseberry or use it with caution. Best to check with a physician who knows the herb. If you are going to have Surgery: Indian gooseberry might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking Indian gooseberry at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. If in doubt, ask your surgeon.
If you wish to read the published article about Amla in its entirety just click on Amla Osteoporosis, Osteopenia herb from India
Or, if you want, here is a web site that gives a great deal of information about ALL the uses of Amla
If you are near an Indian grocer or herbalist, it may be worth asking about Amla. If you have not used it before, be sure to buy only a small quantity until you are certain that you will not be one of those who sometimes have a negative reacting to this powerful herb. (No use wasting money.) If you do not live in India or have little connection with Indian culture, Amla may be very new to you but for those in or from India, it is well known.
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