Amla berry is a beloved favorite in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. The berries, also called Indian Gooseberries, are green or brown and have a sour and astringent flavor. Traditionally, amla is used as a powder and sometimes combined in the formula Triphala, meaning three fruits.
Ayurvedic medicine lists amla as beneficial to all doshas and recommends its use for supporting digestion and to stimulate appetite, to soothe lower digestive discomforts (such as urinary problems and diarrhea), and for its astringent qualities in relieving itching and reducing minor bleeding (such as a bloody nose).* In addition to its tannic content, amla is rich in ascorbic acid, a source of Vitamin C.