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Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Glycerrhiza glabra

Glycerrhiza glabra



Yastimadhu is the excellent sweet herbs. The sweetness of Yastimadhu is 50 times greater than sucrose. Its sweet flavour is tonic in nature and directly strengthens our kidneys, nourishes the nervous system and it is superb herbs for inflammation and balancing dosas. Licorice has long history as a rejuvenating herb in Ayurveda. It has a harmonizing action in the body and in herbal formulas.

Common name Licorice (English), Jethimadh (Hindi) Sanskrit Yastımadhu

Latin Glycyrrhiza glabra–Radix (Leguminosae family)


  • Rasa (taste) Sweet, bitter
  • Vırya (energy) Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Sweet
  • Guna (quality) Heavy, moist
  • Dosa effect VPK−, K+ in excess
  • Dhatu (tissue) Every tissue is affected
  • Srotas (channel) Digestive, respiratory, nervous, excretory, reproductive


  • Triterpenoid saponins Glycyrrhizin
  • Flavonoids Liquiritin, isoliquiritin
  • Phytosterols Stigmasterol, β-sitosterol
  • Coumarins
  • Glycyrrhetinic acid
  • Volatile oils Anethole, estragole, eugenol


Expectorant, demulcent, antiinflammatory, adrenal tonic, aperient, emetic, diuretic, Promotes strength, rejuvenating, building, lung tonic, and immunostimulant



Yastimadhu is the best cough expectorant for Asthma, bronchitis, wheezing. Yastimadhu is specific rasayana for vata due its sweet, heavy and unctuous properties. But its high dose is emetic in action used as Vamana Dravya  in Ayurveda.


Yastimadhu has ulcer healing for peptic, gastric, duodenal and oral ulcers. Yastimadhu has cooling and soothing action. Its demulcent nature relaxes the bowel and prevent constipation.


Yastimadhu is liver tonic in nature. It is hepatoprotective and used in hepatitis and chronic liver disease.  Also used in blood disease, skin problems and balancing heat (pitta) in the body.

Kidneys and nerves

Yastimadhu is best formula for kindeys and nerves.  It is best formula for adrenal tonic giving enduring energy. it is also rasayana for sukra dhatu and reproductive system.It is also nourishing majja dhatus.

Urine Yastimadhu is cooling action and unctuous nature is good for inflammations of urinary tract like cystitis painful urination etc. 

Skin  Yastimadhu is emolliation herbs for itching. Its antiinflammatory activities reduce pitta and prevent hot, red skin problems.


* Bala, pippali, tulsi, bibhitaki, haritaki, anthrapachaka for lung congestion.

* Fresh ginger, ephedra for influenza causing lung impairment.

* Fennel, shatavari, amalaki, kutki for ulcers and GIT inflammation.

* Guduchi, manjishtha, pippali for liver disorders.

* Ashwagandha, bala, shatavari for nervous exhaustion.

* Triphala- for eyewashes.




0.5–10g per day dried, 3–12ml per day , or 2–6ml per day of a 1:1 fluid extract.

Therapeutic Action: Can increase kapha, lowers pitta and vata

Important formulations : Yastimadhu Churna, Yastimadhu Taila.

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda

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