Overview of Miraculous Amaltas:
Amaltas tree is one of the most beautiful trees in India with bright yellow flowers hanging like a bunch along with a hairy pinnate of leaves. Amaltas leaves have 4-5 leaflets on each side. It is referred to as Rajvraksha in Ayurveda. It is a deciduous origin miraculous herb with an average size of approximately 25 cm tall. Amaltas fruits are pod shaped green coloured and turn brown on maturity. Flower of Amaltas are pentamerous. Due to the beauty of these pentamerous vibrant yellow bunches of flowers it is the National flower of Thailand and state national flower of Indian state Kerala. Its botanical name is Cassia fistula and majorly found in India, Pakistan and are widely exported to other south asian countries. Amaltas is even naturalised in countries like Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Australia and the West Indies. Its habitat can be seasonal dry forest or rainforest, gallery forest to woodland grassland and coastal areas.
Amaltas goes by different names like Cassia fistula, Indian Laburnum, Sondal, Bahva, Rajvraksha, Golden shower tree, Golden chain tree etc.
Amaltas and Doshas:
The extracts and formulations from Amaltas are heavy and oily hence calms the Pitta doshas which are combined from fire and air. Likewise it pacifies the kapha doshas (earth and water combination). But on the other hand due to its sweet taste and cold potency, amaltas often aggravate the Vata Doshas (air and space). Because of its intrinsic properties and doshas, Amaltas has a very good effect on various body tissues like Plasma, blood, muscles, bones and reproductive fluids.
Benefits From Amaltas:
What not? You name it! Amaltas works for all! Almost all the Ayurvedic formulations use this powerful herb in boosting the overall immunity. Amaltas benefits range from curing different infections, improving digestive system and boosting metabolism and maintaining the cardiovascular system to healing wounds, constipation, urinary issues and skin diseases.It is also used by some to improve blood disorders and loss of appetite. This sensational herb has the remedy for all. The key benefits and traditional uses of Amaltas are mentioned below:
- Digestive and Intestinal Issues: Application of Amaltas Pulp externally around the belly button medically termed as umbilical area can ensure evacuation and help people suffering from flatulence. Pulp when mixed with linseed or almond oil helps in easing bowel movement. Amaltas pulp is an effective laxative and just 50gm of the pulp in water kept overnight and mixed with 25gms of sugar can treat your constipation in a harmless way. Amaltas pulp is also known as cassia pulp.
- Skin Benefits: Amaltas leaves are very effective in providing relief from pain swelling and irritation on skin. Amaltas juice or paste of Amaltas leaves is used to treat skin ailments like ringworm and swelling due to cold. Amaltas leaves when rubbed on the infected skin parts proves to be very effective.
- Running Nose: Inhaling the smoke coming out from burning Amaltas roots stimulates nasal secretions and provides relief by treating running nose and common cold.
- Antioxidant Hub: Amaltas bark and fruits have rich antioxidant properties. Hence when the extracts from them are consumed, it acts as an immunity booster.
- Cardiac Benefits: Boil Amaltas leaves in water and prepare a decoction. Have it morning and evening. Amaltas leaves have properties to reduce bad cholesterol and strengthen heart muscles. Same is used in fever.
- Healing Wounds: Leaves of Amaltas have properties that help in tissue regeneration. Paste of the leaves is also used as an ointment to cover up the wounds.
- Gout and Rheumatism: For Gout, Boiling the Amaltas root in milk and having it daily is most effective among Amaltas medicinal uses. Having fried amaltas leaves in mustard oil helps in rheumatism. Amaltas have been very effective in relieving pain and inflammation.
- Chronic Cough: People use Amaltas fruit pulp as an efficient treatment in relieving from chronic cough symptoms.
- Diabetic Benefits: Amaltas extracts have ingredients that help improve insulin sensitivity thereby controlling the sugar level in the blood.
- Urinary Issues: Amaltas root is put in water overnight. A paste is then prepared by mixing it with ghee. Having this daily helped many people get relief from distress or pain passing the urine. It also helps them pass urine with ease.
Traditional Ayurvedic Ways to Use Amaltas:
- Amaltas roots, leaves, fruits, bark and flowers all five parts are crushed together in water and a paste is made which is used to treat skin disorders emerging due to impurities in blood.
- Amaltas leaves are heated and used on swollen joints as poultice.
- Amaltas leaves are crushed to obtain the juice which is used as remedy for herpes.
- Leprosy and other skin diseases are treated by applying the mix of liquid from leaves and vinegar.
- 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
- Promote bowel movement if taken alone or sometimes with tamarind fruit pulp.
- Pulp paste when applied near the umbilical area i.e. around the belly button treats pain passing urine, blood in urine and other urinary issues. For infants similar activity helps in alleviating colic and bloated stomach.
- Boiling pulp liquid is used as ear drops in case of ear infection.
- Seeds when powdered can be used to treat amoebiasis and bark extracts are effective against inflammation.
- Roots when boiled with milk treats flatulence.
- Pods are used for many issues like in case of malaria, in diabetes, Anthrax, Dysentery, Blood Poisoning.
- Broken bones, topical ulcers and other skin conditions are treated with bark and leave extracts of Amaltas.
- Ripe Pods and seeds are major suppliers of laxative.
- Watery part of the pods helps decrease glycaemia significantly.
- Watery fraction and methanolic extracts of Amaltas bark is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Alcoholic extracts from leaves are antibacterial for staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas also accelerates the wound healing process.
- People use pods for malarial treatment.
- As a Laxative and vermifuge, its decoction is taken as a cure for kidney stones.
- Bark scrapings and leaf sap are used as bandages for tropical ulcers and broken bones.
- Wounds and Ulcers are purified by the decoction of wounds.
- Fever is treated by amaltas roots in India.
- Insect bites, swelling, rheumatism are treated using poultice of leaves.
- Juice extracts from leaves also provide relief in skin irritation and ringworm.
- Root extracts lowers sugar level significantly.
- Swelling due to cold is treated by applying heated pods on the neck.
- Chronic cough is treated by taking ashes of a heated pod mixed with salt and honey 3-4 times.
- Amaltas seeds are also helpful in improving liver functionalities and treating jaundice.
Dosage of Amaltas:
Appropriate dosage of Amaltas for therapy depends on the person’s age, body size, physical strength, food habits, condition and severity of the patient. Treat it as mandatory to consult an ayurvedic doctor to access your body conditions and prescribe you an effective dose for a fixed period of time.
Amaltas Bark decoction : 50-100 ml
Amaltas Fruit Pulp: 5-10 gm
Amaltas Flower Powder: 5-10 gm
Amaltas Tablets: 1-2 capsules twice a day
Amaltas Avaleha: 1-2 teaspoons, ones a day
How to use Amaltas?
- Amaltas Fruit Pulp Paste
- 1-2 teaspoon Amaltas fruit Pulp Paste in a glass of warm water and have it after dinner at night to treat constipation.
- Amaltas Flower Powder
- Have 1-2 gm of Amaltas Churna with warm water after lunch and dinner daily to maintain a good digestive system.
- Amaltas Tablets and Capsules
- 1-2 Amaltas capsules after lunch and dinner with warm water.
- Amaltas Kadha
- Amaltas kadha is made by boiling 1-2 teaspoon of paste of Amaltas fruit pulp with two cups of water till the liquid reduces to half the amount. Drinking 4-5 teaspoons of this kadha after diluting it in equal amounts of water after lunch and dinner will help manage rheumatoid arthritis.
- If ingested raw, all the parts of plants are poisonous.
- It might cause nausea and dizziness so better consult a physician before trying.
- High doses or irregular doses may be fatal leading to severe diarrhoea.
- It’s not recommended in medical conditions like pregnancy, breastfeeding or for small kids.
Amaltas Ayurvedic Products are easily available in the market under different brands. It can be bought either from online websites or any Ayurvedic store. Termed as The Golden Shower Tree, Amaltas is gifted with countless health benefits. It has no known side effects unless taken without any consultation or proper investigation. Every part of Amaltas, say it be leaves, fruits, bark, seeds, flowers or roots, all are equally valuable and rich in ingredients which can cure various disorders without any side effects effectively. More research and study is going on Amaltas to better utilise the nature’s gift.