Just watched a NGC show about some South American pyramid builders who performed human sacrifice. They pre-drugged their victims with a seed called AMALA. But I can’t find any other information about the species identity. There is a seed called AMLA in Indian medicine, but it is Old World and I don’t think it’s the same thing. Need help.
Even though the names are sometimes interchanged, I don’t think they are the same thing. I think Phyllanthus is Old World and is “AMLA”; not the South American “AMALA”.
Google gives the first hint:
“Phyllanthus emblica” “amala” gets 49 hits.
“Phyllanthus emblica” “amla” gets 50,000 hits.
South American AMALA use predated Columbus and the Spanish Conquest, so I can’t imagine that the same species originally existed (naturally) in both continents. Plus the medicinal uses of AMLA don’t sound anything like the drug effect of AMALA mentioned in the show.