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8.3.10 LICORICE, Mulethi, Yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra, Linn.)


Taste: Sweet, bitter Attribute: Heavy
Potency: Cold
Long-Term Sweet
General Action: Promotes strength, rejuvenating, building, lung tonic, and immunistimulant
Specific Action: Rejuvenating
Therapeutic Action: Can increase kapha, lowers pitta and vata

Licorice has long history as a rejuvenating herb in Ayurveda. It has a harmonizing action in the body and in herbal formulas. It is a very good lung tonic and known to be effective in fighting bronchitis. It is considered to be an immunostimulant and in Ayurveda it is known to promote peace of mind. Licorice has the ability to reduce infection and fight viral growth. It also promotes the growth of naturally occurring antibodies in the body. Strong anti-ulcer actions and an overall soothing effect on the digestive system have been documented. The majority of people can benefit from the regular use of licorice; the exceptions are high kapha and persons with hypertension. It is an excellent rejuvenating herb for pitta and vata persons.

Dose: 1 to 2 grams twice a day, or take as an infusion freely





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