Amaltas

Amaltas
Amaltas also known as Rajvraksha in Ayurveda has bright yellow flowers. It is called as one of the most beautiful trees of India. The pulp, root bark and leaves are used for its pharmacological properties. Amaltas has various therapeutic properties such as antifungal, antioxidant and antidiabetic. These properties help to manage constipation, common cold, fever, intestinal and skin disorders[1-3].

What are the synonyms of Amaltas?

Cassia fistula, Cassia, Indian Laburnum, Sondal, Bahva, Garmalo, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Rajvraksha

What is the source of Amaltas?

Plant Based

Benefits of Amaltas

1. Constipation
Constipation is caused due to an aggravated Vata and Pitta dosha. This can be due to the frequent consumption of junk food, excess intake of coffee or tea, sleeping late at night, stress and depression. All these factors aggravate Vata and Pitta leading to constipation. Amaltas, if taken regularly helps to manage constipation because of its Sramsana (simple purgative) nature.It helps to expel waste products from the large intestine easily.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon Amaltas fruit pulp paste.
b. Add it to 1 glass of warm water and have it after dinner to get relief from constipation.

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is known as Aamavata in Ayurveda. Amavata is a disease in which vitiation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama takes place in the joint(s). Amavāta starts with a weak digestive fire which leads to accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This Ama is carried to different locations through Vata but instead of being absorbed, it gets accumulated in the joints and gives rise to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Regular intake of Amaltas helps to reduce Ama due to its Deepan and Pachan properties and controls the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Tips:
A. Amaltas Kadha
i. Take 1-2 teaspoon of paste of Amaltas fruit pulp.
ii. Boil it in 2 cups of water till the amount reduces to ½ cup. This is Amaltas Kadha.
iii. Take 4-5 teaspoons of this kadha and add the same quantity of water.
iv. Take it after lunch and dinner to manage the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata).

3. Hyperacidity
Hyperacidity means an increased level of acid in the stomach. An aggravated Pitta impairs the digestive fire, leading to improper digestion of food and production of Ama. This Ama gets accumulated in the digestive channels and causes hyperacidity. Amaltas helps to reduce hyperacidity. It helps to remove the accumulated Ama from the digestive channel and helps manage hyperacidity.
Tips:
a. Take 1 teaspoon Amaltas fruit pulp.
b. Add 1/2 teaspoon Mishri.
c. Take it before lunch and dinner with water to manage hyperacidity.

4. Piles
Piles are known as Arsh in Ayurveda which is caused by an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to the impairment of all the three doshas, mainly Vata. An aggravated Vata causes a low digestive fire, leading to constipation. This causes swelling in the veins in the rectum area leading to pile mass. Amaltas helps to manage constipation due to its Sramsana (simple purgative) property. This also reduces the size of pile mass.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Amaltas fruit pulp.
b. Add it to warm water and have it after dinner at night.

Precautions when using Amaltas

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid Amaltas if you are suffering from diarrhea or loose motion.
Breastfeeding
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid Amaltas during breastfeeding.
Pregnancy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid Amaltas during pregnancy.

Recommended Dosage of Amaltas

  • Amaltas Paste - 1-2 teaspoon once a day.
  • Amaltas Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.
  • Amaltas Powder - ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day.

How to use Amaltas

1. Amaltas Fruit Pulp Paste
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon Amaltas fruit Pulp Paste.
b. Add it to 1 glass of warm water and have it after dinner at night to manage constipation.

2. Amaltas Churna
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon Amaltas Churna (1-2gm) with warm water after lunch and dinner.
b. Repeat daily to maintain a good digestive system.

3. Amaltas Capsule
Take 1-2 Amaltas capsule with warm water after lunch and dinner.

4. Amaltas Kadha
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of paste of Amaltas fruit pulp.
b. Boil it in 2 cups of water till the amount reduces to ½ cup. This is
Amaltas Kadha.
c. Take 4-5 teaspoons of this kadha and add the same quantity of water.
d. Drink it after lunch and dinner to manage the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata).

Benefits of Amaltas

1. Skin Allergy
Paste or juice of Amaltas leaves is good to reduce itchiness and irritation in various skin problems due to its Madhur (sweet) and Ropan (healing ) properties. As a result of these properties, Amaltas gives a soothing effect and reduces irritation in the skin when used on a regular basis.
Tips:
a. Make a paste of Amaltas leaves.
b. Mix with coconut oil or goat’s milk.
c. Apply on the affected area once a day or thrice a week to get rid of skin allergy or irritation.

2. Abdominal pain
A paste of Amaltas fruit pulp when applied externally around the navel area give relief from abdominal pain due to flatulence by ensuring evacuation especially in children.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2-1 teaspoon Amaltas fruit paste.
b. Mix with sesame oil.
c. Apply on the navel area to get rid of abdominal pain.

3. Wound healing
A paste of Amaltas leaves helps in quick healing of wound when applied due to its Ropan (healing) property.
Tips:
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon paste of Amaltas leaves.
b. Mix with honey and apply on the affected area.
c. Leave it for 4-6 hours and wash with plain water.
d. Repeat daily for quick wound healing.

Precautions when using Amaltas

Allergy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use the paste of Amaltas leaves, bark and fruit pulp with honey, oil or any moisturizing cream if your skin is hypersensitive.

Recommended Dosage of Amaltas

  • Amaltas Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.
  • Amaltas Paste - ½- 1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Amaltas

1. Amaltas Paste
A.Of Leaves
i. Take a handful of Amaltas leaves or as per your requirement.
ii. Make a paste of the leaves.
iii. Take ½-1 teaspoon of the paste of Amaltas leaves.
iv. Mix with honey and apply on the affected area.
v. Leave it for 4-6 hours and wash with plain water.
vi. Repeat it again the next day for quick wound healing.

B. Fruit pulp paste
i. Take 1/2-1 teaspoon Amaltas fruit pulp paste.
ii. Mix with sesame oil and apply on the navel area to get rid of abdominal pain.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Is Amaltas edible?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Amlatas is widely using in Ayurvedic medicines to reduce the manage various gastrointestinal disorders.

Q. Does Amaltas cure constipation?

scientific
Scientific View
Yes, Amaltas may be useful in managing constipation, especially in children, due to its laxative property. It helps in easy expulsion of stool and reduces pain during the process[4][5].

Q. Is Amaltas good for piles?

scientific
Scientific View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available, in traditional medicine Amaltas has been used to manage piles[5][6].

Q. Is Amaltas good for wound healing?

scientific
Scientific View
Yes, Amaltas may be useful in wound healing. It is good for managing infected skin wounds. Amaltas applied as an ointment may reduce wound size, increase wound closure and regenerate tissue at the wound area. Amaltas also has antibacterial property, due to which it prevents the wound from getting infected[5][7].

References

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