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Amalbedha

Amalbedha
Amalbedha or Amlavetasa is an evergreen tree that is native to parts of Myanmar and northeastern India.
Traditionally, Amalbedha is used to improve digestion because of its digestive properties. Amalbedha helps in weight loss by lowering blood cholesterol and triglycerides levels due to its antioxidant properties. The dried Amalbedha fruit can be added to the diet to get the benefits of Amalbedha.
Amalbedha also helps in managing diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels due to its antioxidant properties. The antioxidants present in Amalbedha also prevents liver damage and shows hepatoprotective property[2-4][6].

What are the synonyms of Amalbedha?

Garcinia pedunculata, Borthekera, Tikul, Tikur, Thaikal, Chaarigehuli, Pulivanchi, Pullaprabbali, Vrntamlaphala[1].

What is the source of Amalbedha?

Plant Based

Benefits of Amalbedha

1. Indigestion
Indigestion means the state of incomplete process of digestion on ingested food. The main reason for indigestion is Agnimandya (weak digestive fire). Amalbedha helps manage indigestion due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It enhances the Agni (digestive fire) and improves digestion.

2. Asthma
The main Doshas involved in Asthma are Vata and Kapha. The vitiated ‘Vata’ combines with deranged ‘Kapha dosha’ in the lungs obstructing the respiratory passages. This causes difficulty in breathing and wheezing sounds from the chest. This condition is known as Swas Roga (Asthma). Amalbedha helps manage Asthma due to its Kapha-Vata balancing properties. These properties also help remove the obstruction in the respiratory pathways, thereby making breathing easy.

3. Piles
Piles are known as Arsh in Ayurveda which is caused by an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to an impairment of all the three doshas, and mainly Vata dosha. An aggravated Vata causes a low digestive fire, leading to persistent constipation. This causes swelling in the veins in the rectum area that causes pile mass. Amalbedha helps manage piles due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It prevents constipation by maintaining healthy digestion and also prevent piles.

How to use Amalbedha

1. Amalbedha Powder
a. Take a few dried fruits of Amalbedha.
b. Grind them to make powder out of it.
c. Consume it regularly (as directed by the physician) to get rid of the digestive problems like indigestion.

2. Amalbedha Juice
a. Take few mature Amalbedha fruit and separate its pulp.
b. Put it in a juicer and prepare a healthy juice.
c. Consume 5-10 ml (or as directed by the physician) of this juice to get rid of the symptoms of asthma.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can we eat Amalbedha fruit?

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Yes, Amalbedha fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. Generally, the fruit is sliced, sun-dried and preserved to be used in delicacies. It can also be added to curries to add some sourness.

Q. Is Amalbedha available in the market?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Amalbedha is available in the market in various forms like dry Amalbedha fruit or Amalbedha herbal tea. It can be purchased either online or from the market.

Q. Is Amalbedha good for Diabetes?

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Yes, Amalbedha might help in diabetes as it reduces the blood glucose levels by exhibiting insulin-like action due to its anti-diabetic properties. It also reduces oxidative stress and prevents damage to the pancreatic cells due to its antioxidant properties[4].
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Ayurvedic View
Diabetes, also known as Madhumeha is due to an imbalance of Vata-Kapha dosha and impaired digestion. Impaired digestion leads to an accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the pancreatic cells and impairs the function of insulin. Amalbedha helps manage diabetes due to its Vata-Kapha balancing. It also has Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties which maintain good digestion and prevent the accumulation of Ama, thus providing relief.

Q. Does Amabedha help in weight loss?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Amalbedha fruit might help in weight loss as it reduces the fat deposition in the body. It also lowers the blood cholesterol and triglycerides levels which helps in managing body weight due to its antioxidant properties[5].
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Ayurvedic View
In Ayurvedic perspective, the cause of weight gain is improper diet and lifestyle that weaken the digestive fire, which increases the accumulation of Ama, and leads to an imbalance in Meda Dhatu and result in obesity. Amalbedha helps reduce weight due to its Deepan (appetizer)- Pachan (digestive) properties. It helps improve digestion, prevents the formation and accumulation of Ama. It also releases toxins out of the body via urine by increasing urine production.

Q. Is Amalbedha good for the liver?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Amalbedha might be good for the liver as it has hepatoprotective property. It contains antioxidants (flavonoids) which prevent the liver cells against damage caused by free radicals. It also lowers the levels of certain enzymes (SGPT, SGOT) that are increased in the case of liver injury[6].

Q. Can we use Amalbedha in inflammatory bowel disease?

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Yes, Amalbedha might be beneficial in inflammatory bowel disease. It reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in the colon tissues due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties[7].

Q. Is Amalbedha good for kidneys?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Amalbedha might be good for kidneys as it contains certain constituent (Garcinol) that prevents the deposition of crystals in the kidney. It also protects the kidney cells from damage caused by free radicals and reduces inflammation due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties[8].

Q. Does Amalbedha has neuroprotective property?

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Yes, Amalbedha fruit has neuroprotective activity. It contains antioxidants which reduce the oxidative stress and prevents the nerve cells against damage caused by free radicals[2].

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.
  2. Mundugaru R, Narayana SKK, Ballal SR, et al. Neuroprotective Activity of Garcinia pedunculata Roxb. ex Buch.-Ham. Fruit Extract Against Aluminium Chloride Induced Neurotoxicity in Mice.INDIAN J PHARM EDUC.2016;50(3):435-441.External Link
  3. Sharma A, Joseph GS, Singh RP.Antioxidant and antiplatlet aggregation properties of bark extracts of Garcinia pedunculata and Garcinia cowa.J Food Sci Technol.2014;51(8):1626–1631.External Link
  4. Ali MY, Paul S, Tanvir EM, et al. Antihyperglycemic, Antidiabetic, and Antioxidant Effects of Garcinia pedunculata in Rats. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:2979760.External Link
  5. Sarma R, Kumari S, Elancheran R et al. Polyphenol Rich Extract of Garcinia pedunculata Fruit Attenuates the Hyperlipidemia Induced by High Fat Diet.Front Pharmacol.2016;31(7):294.External Link
  6. Mundugaru, R, Varadharajan, MC, Basavaiah R. Hepatoprotective activity of fruit extract of Garcinia pedunculata. Bangladesh J Pharmacol.2014;9:483-87.External Link
  7. Mundugaru R, Padmaja U, KN Sunil Kumar et al. Protective effect of garcinia pedunculata fruit rind in acetic acid induced ulcerative colitis. Farmacia.2019;67(1):160-166.External Link
  8. Saikia R, Choudhury S, Borah A et al. Ameliorative effects of Garcinia pedunculata fruit extract on adenine‑induced chronic kidney disease in mice, and the role of Garcinol: relevance to hyperuricemia and urolithiasis. Orient Pharm Exp Med.2019;1-7.External Link
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