Herbs of India

ଚିହ୍ନନ୍ତୁ ଔଷଧୀୟ ବୃକ୍ଷର ଉପକାରିତା-ଯଷ୍ଟିମଧୁ (Indian Herb- Yastimadhu) Latin Name-Glycyrrhiza glabra

This multidimensional herb contains flavonones, isoflavones, glycyrrhizine, glycyrrhetenic acid and six phenolic compounds. It is an effective brain tonic and acts by (1) increasing circulation in the central nervous system (2) balancing sugar level in blood. Its root (liquorice) also has significant action on memory and learning, hence used in the treatment of dementia.

Home remedies:
1. In cough and dyspnoea, its small piece should be chew.
2. Chewing of Madhuyashthi is also beneficial in hoarseness of voice or some irritation in throat.
3. In baldness, hair should be washed with its decoction.
4. In wound, medicated Ghee, prepared with Madhuyashti should be applied on that site.

Summary:
This is useful for many respiratory disorders as well as cough. Yastimadhu helps to increase the appetite by facilitating proper evacuation of stools. This herb has a special action on kapha, which helps in expectoration of the accumulated kapha. It is mainly used as an expectorant and antitussive agent. It has shown anti-inflammatory activity. De-glycorrhiza liquorice extract is now are important substance for treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers. A strong decoction makes a good laxative for children and may also help to reduce fever. Add licorice to other medicines to make them more palatable.

Many research teams have demonstrate brain cholinesterase-inhibiting activity, hypocholesterolaemic and antidepressant-like activity of Glycyrrhiza glabra. It alleviates the asthamatic features. It provides antioxidant effects and can be frequently and safely used to treat inflammatory and allergic diseases.

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