Ayurveda and Science

Mulethi/मुलेठी/Yastimadhu/Licorice/Liquorice/Glycyrrhiza Glabra


Hindi Name: Mulethi
Sanskrit Name: Yastimadhu
English Name: Licorice
Latin Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn
A hardy leguminous undershrub attaining the height of about 3 meter with compressed pods. It is found growing wild in many Asian countries and is also cultivated at small scales in India, Iran, Afghanistan etc. The root tastes sweet and is used in Ayurved

Mulethi Benefits & Uses

  • Respiratory & Digestive Disorders

    Yashtimadhu has been conventionally used by Ayurveda in the treatment of respiratory and digestive disorders. It is considered to be a "Rasayana". Mulethi uses specifically include treatment of chronic acidity, ulcers and chronic bronchial conditions. Investigations observed that licorice activates ulcer healing.

  • Reduces Stress & Depression

    Mulethi benefits include relieving people suffering from the problem of depression. Including licorice root in your daily diet, helps in controlling stress hormones, reducing depression, anxiety and stress.

  • Controls Cholesterol

    Licorice root is considered to be an extremely effective remedy for lowering the level of bad cholesterol in the body and increasing the level of healthy cholesterol in the body. Thus helping in keeping you healthy and free from harmful diseases. Controlling cholesterol is one of the effective mulethi benefits.

  • Boosts Immunity

    Mulethi benefits include boosting your immunity system, which helps in giving your body the strength to fight many diseases and illnesses. This helps your body from being affected by harmful diseases.

  • Keeps your Liver Healthy

    Licorice root is considered to be an effective option for keeping your liver, healthy and free from diseases. This helps in protecting your body from being damaged by free radicals and also helps in treating jaundice thus keeping your liver healthy.

  • Treats Skin Disorders

    Licorice root is extremely beneficial for your skin, as it helps in protecting your skin from various skin disorders such as rashes, eczema, psoriasis and dry skin. Thus, helping in keeping your skin healthy.

  • Weight Management

    Licorice root is considered to be an extremely effective remedy or weight loss, including licorice root in your diet, along with rigors exercise routine will help in burning excess fat from your body.

  • Treats Sore Throat & Cough

    Licorice root is an excellent remedy for curing problems such as sore throat and cough. They also help in treating respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and asthma, put some licorice root in a cup of boiling water after 10 minutes. Straining the water and drink it to get relief from these problems.

Chemical Composition

Roots contain glycyrrhizin, asparagin, sugar, starch, acid resin, gum, mucilage, phosphoric, sulfuric & malic acids. Bark contains a small quantity of tannins.

Effect on

Pacifies Vata and Pitta.
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