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Amaltas

Amaltas
Amaltas also known as Rajvraksha in Ayurveda has bright yellow flowers. It is considered as one of the most beautiful trees of India.
Taking Amaltas churna with warm water after lunch and dinner might be beneficial in managing blood sugar levels as it enhances insulin secretion due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. It also helps in weight management as it improves body metabolism. Amaltas might also help manage urine disorders and remove toxins from the body by increasing urine production due to its diuretic activity. It is also useful for fever and cough due to its antipyretic (reducing fever) and antitussive (cough relieving) activity. Consuming Amaltas fruit pulp paste along with warm water helps to manage constipation due to its laxative property.
Applying Amaltas leaf paste along with honey or cow’s milk helps to get relief from pain and inflammation. You can also apply Amaltas leaf paste to promote wound healing and manage skin infections due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
According to Ayurveda, excessive intake of Amaltas might cause conditions like cough and cold due to its Sita (cold) activity[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. 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.

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. 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).


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. Where can I get Amaltas powder?

scientific
Modern Science View
Amaltas powder is easily available in the market under different brands. It can be bought either from online websites or any Ayurvedic store.

Q. Does Amaltas cure constipation?

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

Q. Can Amaltas leaves be used for fever?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Amaltas leaves are used for fever due to its antipyretic properties. It lowers the temperature of the body and reduces body pain associated with fever due to its analgesic activity[5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
The leaves of Amaltas can help reduce the symptoms of fever because according to Ayurveda sometimes Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) and an aggravated Pitta are also responsible for fever. Amaltas has a property to reduce Ama and balances Pitta. This helps reduce the symptoms of fever.

Q. Is Amaltas beneficial for cardiac problems?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Amaltas is beneficial for the heart due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The antioxidants present in Amaltas fight against the free radicals and prevent cardiac cell damage. This helps protect the heart and reduce the risk of heart diseases[9].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Amaltas is beneficial for cardiac problems. It protects heart muscles and maintain healthy function of the heart due to its Hrdya (cardiac protective )property.

Q. Is Amaltas beneficial for diabetes?

scientific
Modern Science View
Amaltas might help manage diabetes. This is due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents the damage of pancreatic cells and enhances insulin secretion. This helps lower the sugar levels[10].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Taking Amaltas helps to reduce Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) that is the prime cause of high sugar level in the blood. This makes Amaltas beneficial for diabetes.
Tip
1. Take ¼-½ teaspoon Amaltas Churna.
2. Take with warm water after lunch and dinner.
3. Repeat daily to maintain normal blood sugar level.

Q. How does Amaltas help in chronic cough?

scientific
Modern Science View
Amaltas helps in chronic cough due to its antitussive activity. It acts as a cough suppressant and helps reduce cough[5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Amaltas is an effective way to fight chronic cough in spite of its Sita (cold) nature. Amaltas helps to expel out excessive sputum from the lungs and gives relief from cough due to its Kapha balancing property.
Tip
1. Take ¼-½ teaspoon Amaltas Churna.
2. Take with warm water or honey after lunch and dinner to get rid of cough.

Q. Does Amaltas provide relief from urinary problems?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Amaltas helps manage urinary problems due to its diuretic activity. It increases the production of urine and helps remove toxins from the body. This helps reduce the risk of any urinary tract disorders[3].

Q. How does Amaltas boosts immunity?

scientific
Modern Science View
Amaltas boosts immunity due to its immunomodulatory activities. It improves the immune system by controlling the production of RBC cells in the spleen and increases the number of cells responsible for building up immunity[11].

Q. Does Amaltas help in weight loss?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Amaltas helps in weight loss by improving the metabolism of the body[12].

Q. What are the benefits of Amaltas fruit?

scientific
Modern Science View
The pulp of Amaltas fruit has various benefits as it acts as a mild laxative. It also provides protection to the heart and manages stomach problems such as acid reflux[13].

Q. Is Amaltas good for wound healing?

scientific
Modern Science 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].

Q. How do Amaltas help in inflammation?

scientific
Modern Science View
Amaltas helps in inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce the pain and inflammation in the affected area. The antioxidants present in Amaltas fight against the free radicals and prevents inflammation associated diseases[8].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Amaltas is an effective remedy to reduce inflammation due to its Sita (cold) property. It helps to reduce inflammation and gives relief from pain and burning sensation.
Tip
1. Make a paste of Amaltas leaves.
2. Mix with coconut oil or goat’s milk.
3. Apply on the affected area once a day and thrice a week to reduce inflammation.

Q. What are the benefits of the Amaltas for skin?

scientific
Modern Science View
Amaltas is used on the skin due to its astringent properties. It causes contraction of cells, which helps tighten the pores. It also removes excess oil from the skin. Together, it helps prevent acne and pimples[5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Amaltas helps to reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process because of its Sita (cold) and Ropan (healing) properties. Amaltas flowers are also a good remedy to control bleeding due to its Kashaya (astringent) property.
Tip
1. Make a paste of Amaltas leaves.
2. Mix with rose water or plain water.
3. Apply on the affected area once a day and thrice a week.

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