Amalaki Rasayana (Amalki Rasayan)
Amalaki Rasayana is ayurvedic classical medicine used for rejuvenation, aphrodisiac, immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties. It is beneficial for brain, eyes, heart, liver, skin and hair. It improves the functions and health of these organs. It mainly has antioxidant action and Vitamin C content, which fights against free radicals and reduces the signs of ageing. This action is likely to be responsible for its rejuvenating property. It reduces a headache, blurred vision, burning sensation in eyes, eye fatigue, eyestrain, irritated eyes, dizziness, double vision, etc. It is also effective for gastritis, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), hepatitis, skin problems, hair fall, and several other health problems.
Amalaki Rasayana has three types of formulations.
Amalaki Rasayana 1
|Amla Churna (Amalaki Powder)||100 grams|
|Amla Swaras (Amla Juice)||Q.S.|
|In this method, Amla Churna (Amalaki Powder) is mixed in Amla Juice and ground in a mortar with a pestle for 21 days and then left to dry in the shade. Then, the powder is prepared and preserved in food-grade plastic or glass containers.|
|Dosage: 1 to 3 grams twice daily with water|
|Adjuvant: Warm water, Cow’s Ghee + Misri (Sugar) or Pure Honey|
Amalaki Rasayana 2
|Amla Churna (Amalaki Powder)||3 Kg|
|Amla Swaras (Amla Juice)||16 Kg|
|Amla Churna is mixed in Amla Juice and left to dry in shade. It should be better to grind it in a mortar with pestle. When the powder is completely dried, then mix following ingredients.|
|Cow’s Ghee||3 Kg|
|Pippali Churna (Long Pepper Powder)||300 grams|
|Misri (crystallized sugar lumps) powder||600 grams|
|Mix all ingredients in Ceramic Jar and keep it in ash heap for 4 months before the starting of the rainy season. After 4 months, remove it from ash heap and then use it as Rasayana or medicine.|
|Dosage: 3 to 4 grams|
|Note: For Amalaki Rasayana 1, there is no appropriate adjuvant is described and generally, it is recommended with either water or milk. We have advised water as a safest adjuvant. In some cases, Amla with milk can worsen the symptoms in patients suffering from joint pains or arthritis.|
Amalaki Rasayana 3 – Amalaki Pippali Rasayana
This preparation is also called Amalaki Pippali Rasayana.
|Amla Churna (Amalaki Powder)||3 Kg|
|Pippali Churna (Long Pepper Powder)||100 grams|
|Amla Swaras (Amla Juice)||Q.S.|
|Mix Amla Churna and Pippali Churna in Ceramic mortar. Then add Amla Juice in it and then left to dry in the shade for 7 days.|
|Dosage: 1 to 3 grams|
|Adjuvant: Cow’s Ghee + Misri (Sugar) or Pure Honey|
All these three preparations have common medicinal properties, as follows:
- Potent Antioxidant
- Digestive stimulant
- Antilipemic or Antihyperlipidemic
- Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
- Hematogenic (helps in formation of red blood cells)
- Ergogenic – Enhancing physical performance
The difference in Amalaki Rasayana 1 and others is that Amalaki Rasayana 2 and 3 are also acting on spleen and liver. Amalaki Rasayana 2 and 3 have potent hepatoprotective and spleno-protective actions. These two formulations can significantly reduce the size liver in hepatomegaly and the size of the spleen in splenomegaly. These two also treat ascites (increased fluid in the peritoneal cavity) and reduces the fluid in the peritoneal cavity significantly.
Amalaki Rasayana 2 contains honey in its formulation, so it may not be suitable for diabetic patients.
However, Amalaki Rasayana 1 and 3 can also be used by diabetic patients along with Cow’s ghee or water. These two have antihyperglycemic and anti-diabetic actions, so these formulations can help to keep the blood sugar levels under good control.
Amalaki Rasayana is useful in the following health conditions:
- Eye fatigue
- Eye strain
- Irritated eyes
- Double vision
- Difficulty refocusing the eyes
- Blurred vision
- Redness in eyes
- Burning sensation in eyes
- Weak eyesight
- Ocular Hypertension – reduces intraocular pressure (IOP)
- Mental fatigue
- Memory loss
- Headache with heat or burning sensation
- Vertigo linked with heartburn and gastritis
- Anxiety and stress associated with restlessness and irritability
- GERD or Acid reflux
- Fatty liver
- Dyslipidemia – High Cholesterol & triglyceride levels
- Hair fall
- Premature skin aging
- Infertility due to oligospermia
Amalaki Rasayana Benefits & Uses
Amalaki Rasayana has potent rejuvenating action. It prevents premature aging and nourishes the skin and hair. It is a potent immunomodulator, which helps to improve non-specific immunity and prevents common viral and bacterial infections. It also has Cardioprotective action, which improves the heart functions and strengthens the heart musculature. Amalaki Rasayana is generally used for eyes and it prevents almost all eye diseases.
Amalaki Rasayana for Eyes
Amalaki Rasayana is rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids that exert potent antioxidant action. It helps keep the eyes healthy. It is important to take Vitamin C along with flavonoids especially from the natural source for maximum absorption and usability of Vitamin C. Amalaki Rasayana an excellent natural source of Vitamin C. It helps to maintain and form collagen found in the cornea of the eyes. The regular consumption helps to reduce the risk of a cataract, vision loss, and macular degeneration. It is used for the treatment of eye fatigue, eye strain, irritation in the eyes, blurred vision, burning sensation in the eyes and several other eye conditions in which Pitta and Kapha Dosha are dominant.
Heartburn, Gastritis, Acid Reflux or GERD
Amalaki Rasayana is used to reduce the symptoms of gastritis and acid reflux. Generally, it is used in combination with Yashtimadhu (Licorice). The combination reduces acidic irritation to the gastric mucosa and balances acid secretions. It also improves liver functions, which are generally deteriorated in such cases. It also improves appetite and digestion.
Amalaki Rasayana Side Effects
However, Amalaki Rasayana is likely safe and well-tolerated in most individuals. Amalaki Rasayana does not have any side effects when taken under professional supervision.
Arthritis: Amalaki Rasayana 1 has cooling action in the body, which means it reduces heat in the body. Therefore, when Amalaki Rasayana 1 is used in winters, it may worsen the joint pains in patients with Arthritis. For arthritic people, the first formulation of it may not be suitable. In these cases, Amalaki Rasayana 3 (also contains Pippali) should be more suitable and well-tolerated.
Heart Diseases: In cases of heart diseases, the dosage of Amalaki Rasayana should be less than 1 gram twice daily. If it is taken more than 2 grams per day, it can increase heart rate. Heart patients should use it in low doses, but for a longer duration for maximum health benefits.
Can I take Amalaki Rasayana with Milk?
The best adjuvants for Amalaki Rasayana are water, cow’s ghee, and honey. Amla is considered as an exception for sour and milk wrong food combinations. Therefore, it can also be taken with milk unless you are not suffering from joint pains, arthritis or any Vata disorder.