Botanical Name: Emblica officianalis
Common Name: Amlaa, Auraa, Dhaatri, Amrit phal
English Name: Gooseberry, Emblic myrobolan, Amioki
Parts Used: Root bark, bark, leaves, fruits
Habit and Habitat: Himalaya (Uttar Pradesh to Bhutan), NE India, N Myanmar, S China, Indo-China, Malayasia
Description: Deciduous shrub or tree. Leaves pinnate; leaflets small, sub-sessile, 9-12 mm long, pale green; stipules minute. Flowers greenish yellow, racemed on the branches, male flowers many; female flowers few. Fruit obscurely 6-lobed.
Uses: Useful in harmorrhage, diarrhoea and dysentry, in combination with iron used for anemia, jaundice, dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, hyperacidity, peptic ulcer, skin diseases, leprosy, leucorrhoea, menorrhagia, cardiac disorders, intermittent fevers and greyness of hair.
References: A compendium of Medicinal Plants in Nepal by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi (October’ 2006)