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Uses of yashtimadhu - Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn.

yashtimadhu :

yashtimadhu  : Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn.

General Use:

·         It is known to be an effective herb to resolve the respiratory complications. It acts as the wonderful emollient and it has the soothing effects on the throat as well as pharynx. Hence the use of this herb is quite good in the treatment of a cough, hoarseness of voice, chest congestion, sore throat, bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, and whooping cough. This herb helps to boost up the immune system and plays an important role in the treatment of asthma and various allergic reactions in the body.

·         Roots of this herb support the good health of digestive system. This herb helps to lower down the acid levels in intestine. It is quite good to manage the problem of the indigestion and heartburn. Hence the use of this herb is quite effective in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), duodenal ulcers, peptic ulcers, and gastritis.

·         This herb supports the good health of the liver and also enhances the bile secretion. Moreover, this herb helps to lower the cholesterol levels in the body too.

·         This herb is good for the treatment of hypothyroidism. It helps to increase the secretion of thyroid hormones. Furthermore, this herb also helps to manage the hormonal imbalances.

·         Roost of this herb contains a substance which prevents the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Dihydrotestosterone is the hormone which stimulates cell division in the male prostate gland. Hence this herb is quite good to reduce the size of the prostate gland and also helps to manage the symptoms associated with benign enlargement of the prostate.

·         This herb is packed with anti-microbial activities. Hence it boosts up the bodys immune system. It also increases the bodys ability to fight against the various viral and bacterial infections. Anti-fungal properties of this herbs are quite good in the treatment of athletes foot.

Therapeutic Uses:


Allergic rhinitis 

or hay fever

Brain & Mind Health

Depression, emotional stress,

 memory loss

Digestive Health

Acidity, Chronic Gastritis, 

Canker sores, Constipation, 

duodenal ulcer, gingivitis, 

heartburn, indigestion, peptic ulcer, 

mouth ulcer, tooth decay, 

Ulcerative colitis, hepatitis and 

inflammation of gallbladder,

Heart Health

High Cholesterol level


Addison’s disease

Joint, Muscle & Bones

Arthritis, Bursitis, 

Fibromyalgia, Gout

Respiratory Health

Cough, Asthma, 


Skin & Hairs

Baldness, Eczema, 



General Indications

General debility, Chronic Fatigue, 

 Physical exhaustion


Athlete’s foot, Intestinal infections, Conjunctivitis, sore throat

Women Health

Menopause, Excessive uterine bleeding,

Men Health

Prostate enlargement

Systemic Use:

The main beneficial effects of Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) are on digestive system and respiratory system. 

It helps in relieving gastric symptoms such as heartburn, burning sensation in the abdomen, peptic and duodenal ulcer, abdominal colic, GERD and chronic gastritis.


1.      It is mainly used in the form of powder, may be used in the amount range from 5 to 6 grams per day.

2.      It is also used in the form of concentrated extracts may be used in the amounts ranging from 250–500 mg three times a day.

3.      People also enjoy Licorice tea. It has pleasant taste and no need to add sugar.

Yashtimadhu Powder - Twice Daily with Water, Lukewarm Milk or as recommended by physician

·       Best Time to Take: Before Meal in abdominal diseases like gastritis, ulcer etc.


1.   Anti-tussive & expectorant activity

2.   Antioxidant activity

3.   Skin lightening and skin tightening activity

4.   Anti-inflammatory activity - Liquorice has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic activity and

·       can be used to treat chronic inflammation like rheumatic problems & arthritis, skin diseases and autoimmune diseases.

·       It is also used for preventing any inflammatory conditions related to eye and

·        also to treat conjunctivitis with the help of glycyrrhizin activity that counteracts negative effects caused by cortisol.

5.   Anti-viral effects

6.   Anti-fungal activity - Roots of mulethi are very effective in protecting against virus, bacteria and fungi due to the presence of Glycyrrhizin that blocks the microbial growth.

7.   Anti-bacterial Activity

8.   Anti-malarial activity -  The root extract possesses the power to control malaria (as per preliminary research), influenza and also helps in the treatment of herpes resulting in virus suppression and severity of sores.

9.   Anti hyperglycemic activity

10.  Immuno stimulatory effects –

·       Root extracts of mulethi aids in increasing the production of lymphocytes and macrophage thereby improving your defense mechanism & preventing microbial attack.

·       It also helps in minimizing immune related allergic reactions and autoimmune complications.


11.  Memory enhancing activity –

·       Roots of licorice exert supportive effect on the adrenal gland and thus indirectly aid in stimulating the brain.

·       It not only decreases the effects of amnesia & improves learning but its antioxidant property (mulethi contains flavonoids) renders a shielding effect on the brain cells.

12. Hepatoprotective activity –

·       Licorice is one of the most common traditional remedy used to treat jaundice.

·       Its antioxidant property is the key for preventing your liver from the action of free radicals and toxic materials.

·       This herb is also reported to exhibit protection against diclofenac induced toxicity and also, in inhibiting damage of liver.

13.  Anticoagulant - Glycyrrhizin is the first plant based inhibitor of thrombin.

·       It is found to prolong the thrombin and fibrinogen clotting time.

·       It also increases plasma recalcification duration.

·       Glycyrrhizin causes inhibition in thrombin induced platelet aggregation

       14.  Hair growth stimulatory activity - The hydro-alcoholic extract of liquorice showed good hair growth promoting activity.

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