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Amla.

Phyllanthus emblica L.
Synonym:
Emblica officinalis Gaertn.
Plant Family:
Phyllanthaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A small to medium sized tree up to 16m tall, found in sub-tropical zone.
Plant Description:
Leaves simple, alternate, linear-oblong, entire, 60-170 per shoot, light green above and grayish beneath. Flower small, solitary or clustered. Male flower yellowish-green. Sepals-6, oblong-oblanceolate. Female flower subsessile with thick sepals. Fruit a berry, subglobose, 2.5cm broad, pale green.
Flowering and Fruiting:
May-October.
Harvesting Time:
September-December.
Medicinal Value:
It has cooling, acrid, refrigerant, diuretic and laxative properties. Useful in haemorrhage, diarrhoea, diabetes, anaemia, jaundice.[1][15] Locally is used as stomach healer, cooling agent, hair tonic, cardiac tonic and for sight weakness in used in powder,extract and infusion forms.Working at Governoment Boys Degree College Abbaspur,AJK,a herbal product in powder form,Stomach Healer,has been formulated,packed and marketed on small scale. Amla is the main component of the product.
Part Used:
Fruit.
Occurrence:
Uncommon.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Collection, Cultivation, Drying, Packing, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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