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aka Asam Melaka, Emblic, Indian Gooseberry, Laka laka, Melaka tree
(Phyllanthus emblica syn Emblica officinalis)

A tree of Asia found growing in villages and lowland forests. The fruits are round, juicy and somewhat sour.

PART USED: In Ayurvedic medicine the fruit is used; in Chinese medicine the root is used. Berries are eaten fresh, dried or stewed. It is usually taken in the form of an herb jelly which is combined with the fruit of Terminalis bellirica and T. chebula to form a tonic combination called triphala. It is said to be rejuvenative.

Considered to be tonic and laxative.
Ayurvedic uses are for coughs, eating disorders, to normalize bowel function; also used for skin diseases and tumors.
Used for the elderly in cases of confusion and forgetfulness (yin tonic). Used to treat senility.
In Chinese medicine the roots are used as a purgative.

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