The Indian gooseberry, better known as “amla” or “amalaki” in ayurvedic circles, is a potent herbal remedy that can work wonders for your cholesterol levels and diabetes and ease diarrhea and even inflammation.1 But, as with any therapy or remedy, you need to be aware of its side effects. If you experience any of the symptoms below or find that some of the drugs you use could interact adversely with amla, it’s time to rethink your use of the gooseberry or consult a doctor so you take it the right way.
The vitamin C content of amla can make the elasticity of your blood vessels increase, softening and dilating them and potentially helping improve circulation and lowering blood pressure. On the flip side, this could cause you to bleed more too. If you already have a problem with bleeding easily, as a result of some disorder or medication you take, you should exercise
Sudden Dip In Blood Sugar
The Indian gooseberry is extremely effective in helping lower blood sugar levels by improving glucose metabolism. This makes it a popular remedy to battle diabetes.4 However, an excessive or incorrect dosage could cause your blood sugar levels to dip suddenly. This can be potentially dangerous for someone who already has sugar regulation problems as a result of diabetes. When administered to subjects in an animal study, a dosage of 200mg/kg of body weight in the animals caused a significant reduction in blood sugar comparable to the action of an antidiabetic drug chlorpropamide, usually given with a dose of about 84 mg/kg.5 If you plan to take amla in addition to an existing allopathic diabetes medication, do keep your healthcare specialist/doctor in the loop. The dosage of your medication may need to be adjusted accordingly.
The Indian gooseberry is a powerful source of antioxidants and its hepatoprotective activity is used in treating liver problems. For instance, the use of tuberculosis medication can cause drug-induced
Amla can help treat diarrhea by causing gastrointestinal motility to go down significantly.8 However, because amla contains so much fiber.9 It bulks up and hardens your stools when taken in excess. Unfortunately, if you don’t balance this with adequate water intake, you could end up with constipation.
|↑1||Mirunalini, S., and M. Krishnaveni. “Therapeutic potential of Phyllanthus emblica (amla): the ayurvedic wonder.” Journal of basic and clinical physiology and pharmacology 21, no. 1 (2010): 93-105.|
|↑2||Rani, Bina, Raaz K. Maheshwari, Manisha Sharma, Sangeeta Parihar, and Upma Singh. “International Journal of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Research.”|
|↑3, ↑7||Indian Gooseberry, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.|
|↑4||Mirunalini, S., and M. Krishnaveni. “Therapeutic potential of Phyllanthus emblica (amla): the ayurvedic wonder.” Journal
|↑5||Qureshi, Shamim A., Warda Asad, and Viqar Sultana. “The effect of Phyllantus emblica Linn on type-II diabetes, triglycerides and liver-specific enzyme.” Pakistan Journal of Nutrition 8, no. 2 (2009): 125-128.|
|↑6||Tasduq, S. A., P. Kaisar, D. K. Gupta, B. K. Kapahi, S. Jyotsna, H. S. Maheshwari, and R. K. Johri. “Protective effect of a 50% hydroalcoholic fruit extract of Emblica officinalis against anti‐tuberculosis drugs induced liver toxicity.” Phytotherapy Research 19, no. 3 (2005): 193-197.|
|↑8||Perianayagam, J. B., S. Narayanan, G. Gnanasekar, A. Pandurangan, S. Raja, K.
|↑9||Joshi, Shubhangini A. Nutrition and dietetics. McGraw-Hill Education, 1995.|