Bhumi Amla/Bhoomi Amla also known as Phyllanthus Niruri (scientific name), is a tropical plant which grows in all parts of the Indian subcontinent in the rainy season. It can also be found in China, Cuba, Nigeria, Guam, Philippines, West Africa and America. It generally grows wildly without the need for cultivation and is often misunderstood as a weed. Bhumi amla plant is small and thin with small berry shaped green coloured fruit which looks quite similar to Amla (Indian Gooseberry). It is also known as Bhui Amla, Bhumyamalaki, Bahupatra, Tamalaki, Uttama and Keezhanelli (Tamil).
The benefits and uses of this herb are countless but it is mostly considered a panacea for liver-related diseases. It is also known to have reducing effects on kidney stones, stomach problems and chronic fevers.
Bhumi Amla Benefits
Bhumi Amla For Liver Diseases
Bhumyamalaki is a boon for liver diseases. It is great for treating diseases like
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Fatty Liver
- Chronic and acute Hepatitis B Virus
- Hepatitis C Virus
- Hepatitis A Virus
- Liver Failure
- Hepatomegaly (Enlargement of the liver)
- Liver Cancer
For Jaundice, the roots of Bhumi alma are made into a decoction and consumed. It brings down the elevated bilirubin levels (a symptom of Jaundice where red blood cells are broken down too fast, which results in very high levels of bilirubin production).
Consuming 3 to 6 grams of fresh root powder with milk can renew liver health. It is a great liver tonic.
Bhumi Amla For Bacterial and Viral Infections
It is also used in the treatment of sexually transmitted bacterial infections like Gonorrhea and Syphilis. Other bacterial infections like prostatitis, venereal diseases, urinary tract diseases and cystitis can also be treated with Bhumyamalaki.
Bhumi Amla For Women Health
It is also beneficial in Leukorrhea which is a disease where women experience excess white vaginal discharge. It can also be used in the treatment of Menorrhagia. During the menstrual cycle as well as after pregnancy, women experience swelling in breasts. The paste of leaves can be applied to get relief from swollen breasts, lumps and pain caused by the same. It helps women in conceiving and menopausal issues.
Bhumi Amla For Kidney And Gall Bladder Stones
Bhumi Amla is nicknamed as “stone breaker”. It dissolves all types of kidney and gall bladder stones. It can be used to treat kidney infections and swelling.
Bhumi Amla For Skin Disease
Bhumi Amla is beneficial for all types of skin diseases. The paste of its leaves can be applied for skin ulcers, infections to cure them. It can also be used to cure ringworm, wounds, scabies and leprosy due to its anti-microbial and anti-viral action. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, bhumi alma extracts also helpful in reducing psoriasis and chronic pain due to inflammation. The leaves can be rubbed on any area of the body to control itching. The extract of the roots is added in many skin and hair products like hair oils, massage oils and body lotions.
Bhumi Amla For Mouth Ulcers
The leaves of this plant are beneficial in curing mouth ulcers and cold sores. Chewing on to the leaves cures ulcers and makes the gums stronger. It cures swollen gums and pyrea.
Bhumi Amla For Stomach and Intestine Health
The extract of Bhumi Amla is highly beneficial for stomach related issues. It prevents gastric ulcers by reducing the secretion of gastric acid in the stomach hence protecting the lining of the stomach. It aids in the treatment of peptic ulcers, hyperacidity, intestinal infections, ulcerative colitis, vomiting, constipation, dysentery, stomach tumour, diarrhoea, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. In fact, the decoction can be used for instant relief from any sort of stomach pain.
Bhumi Amla For Diabetes-Related Issues
Bhumi Amla is known to have mild anti-diabetic properties. Taking 10-20ml of the juice can bring blood sugar level to normal. The dry powder of Bhumi alma mixed with black pepper can also lower the blood sugar levels. Injuries take a long time to heal in diabetes. Apply the crushed bhumi alma heals the wounds quickly.
Other Bhumyamalaki Benefits
Other than the mentioned benefits, it is also helpful in treating respiratory diseases like cough, asthma, bronchitis and other chronic respiratory problems. As a remedy for cough, a decoction of bhui alma and tulsi leaves can be consumed every day.
It is useful in anaemia as well. The leaves can help heal broken or fractured bones and pain and inflammation. It is also beneficial in bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding, and heavy menstrual bleeding. The fresh decoction of leaves can help fight malaria, typhoid and various other types of fevers. It is a natural blood purifier.
Seeds contain Linolenic acid, Ricinoleic acid, Linolenic acid (54%). Leaves contain Lignansniranthin, Nirtetralin, and phyltetralin chemical compounds. Aerial Parts: Fisetin-4-0-glucoside
This herb is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. In some people, it can cause stomach upset or diarrhoea.
You can find it in both leaves juice and root powder form. Here are a few buying options
- Krishna’s Herbal & Ayurveda Bhumi Amla Juice – 500 ml
- Jeeva Ras Bhoomi Amla Herbal Juice (500ml)
- MB Herbals Phyllanthus Niruri Powder 100g