Botanical Name Glycyrrhiza glabra
Sanskrit Name Yashtimadhu
English Name Liquorice
Source: Dr. Partap Chauhan
Taste/Rasa Madhur (Sweet)
Quality/Guna Guru(heavy) ,
Potency/Virya Sheet (Cold)
Vipaka Madhur (sweet)
Alleviates Vata and pitta
Habitat It grows in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran etc. It has also been cultivated in Jammu and Kashmir, Dehra Dun and Delhi.
Medicinal Part Root
Yashtimadhu has a wide range of effects. It is soth har (anti-inflammatory), strengthens the liver and removes toxins from liver channels (anti-hepatotoxic), and is also shool har (anti-spasmodic). Its other qualities are chardi nigrahan (anti-emetic), kapha nissarak (expectorant), anulomak (mild laxative), amalhar (antacid), shukra vardhak (aphrodisiac), sandhaniya (strengthens the body), keshya (improves hair growth), and rasayana (rejuvenative).
It is good for improving hair growth. In cases of hair fall and premature graying of hair, its decoction is used for washing hair.
It is used to treat vomiting, excessive thirst, and constipation. It is also good for acid reflux, flatulence, abdominal pain, and peptic ulcers.
It is good for cough, bronchitis, laryngitis, sore throat, asthma, and hoarseness of voice. It is a very good expectorant. It releases cough from the chest easily.
It is good for oligospermia.
It is a very good rejuvenating agent, and strengthens body tissues.
It has estrogen - the natural female hormone. Thus it is used as a herbal supplement during menopause.
Plant part used
Recommended Ayurvedic preparation:
Henna Hair Care
Jiva Sattva Asthma Health Care Pack
Jiva Sattva E.N.T. Health Care Pack