Emblica officinalis (Amla) as medicine

Faruck L. Hakkim, M. Mohamed Essa*, Gilles J. Guillemin, Amani S. Al-Rawahi, Mushtaq A. Memon, Reshmi K. Vijayan, Selvaraju Subash

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Although numerous herbs have been shown to have potent biological activity, edible herbs are more attractive in traditional medicine. Emblica officinalis, generally referred to as amla, is of particular interest due its enormous medicinal value. Amla is generally considered safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been authenticated by many pharmaceutical companies. In this chapter, we will discuss the origin of amla and its availability throughout the world as well as the chemical constituents of each part of the plant. We will also summarize the therapeutic efficacies of amla, including its anticancer, antihyperglycemic, antioxidant, cardioprotective,antipyretic, analgesic, antihyperchloresterolemic, and cytoprotective properties. In summary, inclusion of amla in a normal diet can alleviate a number of health hazards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood as medicine
EditorsM. Mohamed Essa, Mushtaq A. Memon
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781624177477
ISBN (Print)9781624177828, 1624177824
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name Food science and technology
PublisherNova Science Publishers


  • Emblica officinalis
  • amla
  • Ayurveda
  • chemical constituents
  • therapeutics
  • antioxidants
  • Vitamin c


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