Amla is the medium size deciduous plant. It grows to the height of 8 -18 meter. It has a crooked trunk and spreading branches. Its flower is yellow greenish in colour. The fruit is spherical pale yellow with six vertical furrows. The mature fruits are hard and do not fall for the gentle touch. amla-plantThe average weight of the fruit is 60 -70 g. It has a gray bark and reddish wood. Its leaves are feathery, linear oblong in shape and smell like lemon. Its wood is hard in texture. It wraps and splits when exposed in the Sun or in the excessive heat.
Bhumyamalaki Is a Great Herb for the Liver
The prabhava (special property) of bhumyamla that cannot be predicted by its rasa (taste), guna (physical qualities), virya (thermogenic effect) or vipak (post-digestive effect) is its effect on the liver. Bhumyamalaki is a yakrit rasayana. Yakrit means "liver," and rasayana is a term used in Ayurveda for anything that removes imbalances and reverses aging. Here is the official definition of rasayana:
Other Important Effects of Bhumi Amala
Bhava Prakash describes bhumyamalaki as kaphapaha (removing excess kapha). This might seems strange for a herb that has a hima virya (cold thermogenic property). Cold usually increases kapha.
The kashaya rasa (astringent taste) does help balance kapha a bit by drying it out, but the real power of this herb to balance kapha comes from its ability to open the channels and the burners in the liver. This causes agni (metabolism) to increase and unused kapha in the body to get burned up.
Bhumyamla is also helpful for kshata (wounds in the mucous membranes including ulcerative colitis, as well as damage to the myelin sheath due to multiple sclerosis). Again, bhumi amla supports the liver, which cleans the blood of toxins. In the absence of toxins in the blood, the wounds (kshata) naturally heal.
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