By Rohini Mankar | 21st Nov 2022
Since ancient times Indian traditional medicine system has promoted the use of different medicinal plants that enhance the Ojas. These medicinal plants can improve overall health. They act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, immunity boosters etc. they help us get rid of the pile of toxins in our bodies. One such medicinal plant is Mulethi.
Mulethi is scientifically known as Glycyrrhiza glabra. It belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is a short herb grown throughout the year and found in temperate zones. Also known as liquorice, is native to the Mediterranean region. The word Glycyrrhiza comes from a Greek word where glycol means sweet and rhiza means root.
Ayurveda has described mulethi as a medicinal herb with multiple medicinal properties. Liquorice or mulethi also known as Yashtimashu in Ayurveda is considered to be the best home remedy for cold and cough. Several Ayurvedic scriptures have mentioned its medicinal properties like varna (improves skin complexion), kanthaya (improves voice quality), good for eyes, jeevanaya (promotes long life), and sandhanaya (healing of a fracture or wound healing). Mulethi is beneficial in pacifying aggravated pitta and Vata dosha.
Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn is commonly known as Yashti-Madhu.
|Licorice, Liquorice, Sweet wood
Mulethi is a natural sweet wood that includes several bioactive compounds. It contains flavonoids, tannin, amino acids, gums and essential oils. Mulethi or liquorice also contains several micronutrients like phosphorus, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, zinc, nitrogen and copper. Mulethi contains a bioactive compound that is 50 times sweeter than sugar.
Multhi is reported to have a list of medicinal properties documented in the Ayurveda scriptures.
Overconsumption of liquorice can cause hypertension, oedema and hypokalaemia. Some of the bioactive compounds (Glycyrrhetic acid and liquorice saponins) can cause hyper-mineralocorticoids, an increase in sodium levels and a reduction in potassium levels. Also, women may experience bloating during their premenstrual syndrome. Always consult your doctor in case you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn (Mulethi) has demonstrated potential therapeutic effects like antibacterial, anticancer, anticoagulant, antifungal, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antioxidant, antitussive and expectorant, antiulcer, antiviral, hepatoprotective, immunomodulator, memory enhancing and skin lightening effects. Thus, looking at its wide range of medicinal properties it can be utilised to prepare pharmaceutical products that have the least side effects as compared to the allopathic medicines in the market.
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