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Indian gooseberry is a small or middle sized deciduous tree.

Indian gooseberry has been used as a valuable ingredient of various medicines in India and the Middle East.

In Ayurveda, It considers the best of all acid fruits and most useful for health and in treating diseases.

Vitamin C content is high in gooseberries.

Fresh juice or dried in shade and made powder increases value of Vitamin C.

The seeds of the Indian gooseberry contain a fixed oil, phosphatides and an essential oil.

The fruits, bark and the leaves of the tree are rich in tannin.


Ayurvedic physicians and hakims use this herb very commonly in their medicines and regard it as a medicine for heart and other health problems.

The fruit is acrid, cooling, refreshing and laxative. It increases the volume of urine.

The raw fruit is a mild purgative.

The flowers of the tree are cooling, refreshing and mild purgative.

The root and bark of the tree  are useful in arresting secretion or bleeding.

A tablespoon each of fresh gooseberry juice and honey mixed together is a very valuable medicine for treatment of several ailments.

When fresh juice is not available, dry powder can be mixed with honey.

Respiratory Disorders:
Indian gooseberry is beneficial in the treatment of respiratory disorders. It is especially valuable in tuberculosis of the lungs, asthma and bronchitis.

This herb, due to its high vitamin C content, is effective in controlling diabetes.

A tablespoon of its juice , mixed with a cup of fresh bitter-gourd juice, taken daily for two months will stimulate the pancreas and enable it to secrete insulin, thus reducing the blood sugar in diabetes.

Diet restrictions should be strictly observed while taking this medicine.

It will also prevent eye complications in diabetes.

Equal quantities of powdered amla, jamun fruit and bitter gourd provide a very useful remedy for diabetes. A tablespoon of this mixture once or twice a day would be effective in checking the progress of the disease.

Heat Disorders:
It is considered an effective remedy for heart disease.

It tones up the functions of all organs of the body and builds up health by destroying the heterogenous or harmful and disease causing elements.

It also renews energy.

Eye Disorders:
The juice of Indian gooseberry with honey is useful in preserving the eyesight. 

It is beneficial in the treatment of conjunctivitis and glaucoma.

It reduces intraocular tension in a remarkable manner.

A cup of this juice mixed with honey can be taken twice daily for this condition.

To treat rheumatism, a teaspoon of the powder of the dry fruit mixed with 2 teaspoons of jaggery can be taken twice daily for a month.

As an extremely rich source of vitamin C, Indian gooseberry is one of the best remedies for scurvy.

Powder of the dry herb, mixed with an equal quantity of sugar, can be taken in doses of one teaspoon, thrice daily with milk.

Diarrhoea and dysentery:
A drink made from amla, mixed with lemon juice and misri controls acute bacillary dysentery.

One tablespoon of the paste of leaves, mixed with honey or buttermilk, can be taken for treating the condition.

indian gooseberry has revitalising effects, as it contains an element with is very valuable in preventing ageing and in maintaining strength in old age.

It improves body resistance and protects the body against infection.

It strengthen the heart, hair and different glands in the body.

Hair Tonic:
The fruit, cut into pieces, is dried, preferably in the shade. These pieces are boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes charred. This darkish oil is excellent in preventing greying.

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Dondakaya Masala (Gherkins Masala) curry

Dondakayalu - 250gms
Onions - 2
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind juice - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4tsp
Salt to taste

For Masala paste:
Peanuts -1 tbsp, Red Chillies - 3 no.'s, Gingely seeds - 1tbsp, Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp, coconut powder - 1tbsp,  cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Cut the onions into small pieces. Slit the dondakayalu into 4 long pieces. Dry roast all the masala ingredients and grind to make fine powder. Heat the oil add jeera when it crackles add onions. Fry onions for 5 minutes add dondakayalu, turmeric and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes the add the masala powder, tamarind juice and some water. Cook the curry till the oil floats. This curry goes well with rice and roti.