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Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra, Liquorice, Yashtimadhu) - Uses & Benefits

Yastimadhu or known as Mulethi in Hindi is commonly found herb in Indian kitchens. You must have seen people chewing it when they have sore throat or cough. Scientifically it is known as Glycyrriza glabra. Glycyrrhiza glabra is also known as sweet root. Glykys is sweet and rhiza is root that's why called as sweet root. Due to its sweet taste it is liked by many people and also used in various natural formulations to aid taste.

Botanical Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra

Family: Fabaceae

Hindi Name: Mulethi, Jethimadhu

English Name: Licorice or sweetwood


Yastimadhu: has sweet root and stem

Madhuka: sweet in taste

Klitaka: being imported in to

Chemical Constituents

The principal constituent of Yastimadhu is glycyrrhizin that provides sweet taste to this wonderful herb. Glycyrrhizin is also known as glycyrrhizic acid and glyyrrhizinic acid.

Sushruta has mentioned in:

  • Kakolyadi
  • Anjanadi
  • Sarivadi

Vagbhata has mentioned in:

  • Anjanadi
  • Sarivadi


Rasa (Taste): Madhur (sweet)

Guna (Qualities): Guru (light), Snigdha (oily)

Virya (Potency): Sheet (Cold potency)

Vipaka (Effects After Digestion): Madhur (Sweet taste after digestion)

Classical Reference

Classical Reference of Yashtimadhu


3 to 6 gm. with plain water or with honey after meals or as directed by doctor.

Effects on Doshas

Reduces Vata, Pitta and kapha.

Occurence and Appearence

Yastimadhu is a perinneal herb that grows up to 2m height. Its underground stem grows horizontally with 2m length with various branchesconsisiting of short taproot with number of rhizoms.

Parts Used: Dried Root

Side Effects

There is no such side effects seen of this herb. It is always advised to consult an Ayurveda physician before consuming it.

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