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Benefits of Mulethi And Its Side Effects

Mulethi is ideal for digestive issues, respiratory infections, canker sores, liver protection, weight reduction, maintains oral health, etc. Additionally it also improves immunity, memory and assists in hormonal regulation.

Benefits of Mulethi And Its Side Effects

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Mulethi
Nutritional Value of Mulethi
Health Benefits of Mulethi
Combats digestive issues
Combats respiratory infections
Treats Canker Sores
Protects the liver
Helps in weight reduction
Promotes oral health
Improves immunity
Memory improvement
Hormonal regulation
Uses of Mulethi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mulethi
Cultivation of Mulethi

Mulethi

Mulethi is commonly known as licorice. It is an herbal supplement which treats a lot of medical conditions. It is very popular in Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. It can have a lot of health benefit if used topically or taken orally. It also has a good taste, therefore this makes it a delicacy and a flavouring agent in most places. Mulethi is also used as flavourings in sweets and candies in Middle Eastern and European countries. Apart from this they are also used as folk and herbal medications. It grows to a height of about 1 meter with leaves about seven to fifteen centimetres longs with 9 to 17 leaflets. The flowers are whitish blue and are very pale, the fruit is usually an oblong pod containing several seeds.

Nutritional Value of Mulethi

Mulethi has an enticing scent, this comes from a variable and complex combination of compounds out of which anethole makes up 3% of the entire plant. Most of the sweetness comes from a substance called glycyrrhizin, it is generally 30 to 50 times more sweeter than sugar. Isoflavane glabridin is found in the roots of the liquorice.

Health Benefits of Mulethi

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Mulethi
Health Benefits of Mulethi

Combats digestive issues

The root of Mulethi is very helpful in curing digestive problems like acid reflux, inflammation of the stomach, stomach ulcers, heartburn, acidity and constipation. It also acts as a mild laxative and regulates bowel movements. Mulethi has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which is why it helps reduce inflammation in the lining of the stomach. In most cases, peptic ulcers are also treated by consuming this herb on a regular basis.

Combats respiratory infections

Mulethi herb can treat asthma, cough, cold, sore throat and other respiratory ailments. Its antioxidant properties help to reduce inflammation specifically in the bronchial tubes. Mulethi thins and loosens the mucus inside the airways, this eases coughing and congestion. Many times, microbes are responsible for the overproduction of mucus which results to coughs and cold, Mulethi can easily clear these microbes due to its anti bacterial properties.

Treats Canker Sores

Mulethi also aids in curing canker sores because of its mucosa healing and anti-inflammatory properties. According to studies, Mulethi has successfully healed herpes virus to a certain extent. Chewing Mulethi herb can easily fight the virus in our body and strengthen our immune system to a certain extent.

Protects the liver

Mulethi helps to treat certain disorders such as liver damage, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis and jaundice. Additionally, it also has anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe the liver during hepatitis. Mixing Mulethi in a cup of warm tea twice a day for a couple of weeks can purify the liver and make it immune to diseases.

Helps in weight reduction

Obesity is a serious condition and is very difficult to reverse. Mulethi contains flavonoids that help to reduce excessive fats accumulated in the body. According to studies, Mulethi oil helps to reduce visceral fat and body fat to a great extent in overweight people. People who consume Mulethi supplements can experience low density lipoprotein and a reduction in body mass index (BMI). However Mulethi or licorice candies should be avoided by an obese person because it contains copious amounts of sugar along with Mulethi.

Promotes oral health

The anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of Mulethi can also reduce the growth of bacteria which causes cavities, combats bad breath, reduces plaque and keeps the gums and teeth healthy and strong. Dried Mulethi powder can be used to brush our teeth and mouthwash which contains Mulethi can also be used to take care of oral health.

Improves immunity

In most cases, Mulethi is used to improve immunity which is due to the increase in the production of macrophage and lymphocytes. These help to prevent microbial infections and improve the defence mechanism of the body. It also aids in reducing immune related allergy reactions and immunity complications to a certain extent.

Memory improvement

Consuming the roots of Mulethi can render a supportive effect to the adrenal gland thereby aiding brain stimulation. It not only improves learning but also decreases the effects of amnesia. However, Mulethi should be used under a doctor’s guidance for memory improvement.

Hormonal regulation

Mulethi roots contain phytoestrogenic compounds which are beneficial for women suffering from moods swings, exhaustion, hot flashes, menopause symptoms and hormonal imbalance problems. It also provides relief from menstrual cramps and regulates the flow during menstruation. This is due to the cortisol production of Mulethi which affects the brain.

Uses of Mulethi

Mulethi provides skin brightening effect, diminishes blemishes, heals acne, treats eczema and dermatitis, acts as a natural sunscreen and protects your immune system. It also has wonderful effects on the scalp and hair which involves preventing hair loss, treating dandruff, boosting hair growth and combating premature balding.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Mulethi

Mulethi can also have certain side effects to people who are allergic to peas or legumes. Hence it should not be consumed by them. Sometimes, excessive consumption of mulethi might also cause blurred vision or temporary loss of vision in rare cases. Potassium and sodium imbalance in the body can also be cause due to electrolyte imbalance after consuming Mulethi.

Cultivation of Mulethi

Mulethi or licorice grows perfectly in well drained soil which is situated in the deep valleys experiencing complete sunlight. It is usually harvested in Autumn, 2 to 3 years after harvesting. Mulethi is grown abundantly in Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, China, Iran, Afghanistan, Italy and India.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi, mujhe bahut Jada cough and cold hua hai I am pregnant which Medicine I can please suggest me.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Take Dashamoolarista 2tsf thrice a day, mixed with equal quantity of water and Crux cough syrup 2tsf 3 times a day after food and tab Septillin 2tabs twice a day.

Hello Dr, I have pcod and thyroid problem and I would like to know that can I use betamethasone dipropionate and zinc sulphate lotion, diprovate plus on my face as I have discoloration on my face and pimples marks.

MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
I would advice you to use Mulethi and lodhra churn in equal amount and make a paste in potato juice, apply daily for 45 days.

My stomach has burning to the extent I have to hold it tight and after drinking water 2 glass I feel or gelusil give suggestion or any other alternative.

MBBS, MD, DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Indore
Take Ars alb 200,4 pills thrice a day and do revert for further treatment. Till then avoid oily and spicy food, be hydrated properly, take curd in your diet, use alkaline fruit and vegetables. Use sprouts and salads more to balance your acidity. For more queries, contact us.
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My wife aged 57 years is suffering from dry mouth & eyes too. All the doctors say that this has to be cured on its own and hence gave some eye drops and nothing for mouth. Is there any remedy for this symptom?

Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), M.sc in yoga and naturopathy, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Ayurveda, Delhi
For this she can take mulethi and she should drink khas sharbat (if not diabetic) she should practice sheetali kriya (yoga practice) and should take liquids at normal or little warm temperature.

I have a little pain in my throat from last night I don't know why I usually have habit of smoking and drinking.

B.A.M.S, MD (Ayu.) Kayachikitsa
Ayurveda, Shimla
1. As smoking habit is there it could possibly be smoker's cough related pharyngitis. 2. See an ENT specialist to exclude other pathology of oral cavity like tonsillitis, till then: Avoid: deep-fried food (samosa, pakoda, chips, idli), sour fruits (mosambi, oranges, green grapes, lemon, shrikhand), protect neck area while riding a bike, traveling in bus/car with open window panes, cold water, rice and milk at night. Take: lukewarm water with honey for gargles, moong/arhar dal, mulethi, laung, old brown rice, chapatti with no oil, papaya, black grapes. 3 Have a Physician checkup to rule out any underlying/hidden cause with relevant investigations. Prescription medicines for you are: kas amrit syrup, sitopladi churan, tankan bhasm, khadiradi vati.

Popular Health Tips

Paralyses - Can Ayurveda Treat It?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Valsad
Paralyses - Can Ayurveda Treat It?

Facial paralysis is when there is a loss of voluntary movement of the face on one or both sides. The following are the most common causes of facial paralysis.

  • Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis
  • Stroke is another major cause of facial paralysis, could be combined with right side arm/leg paralysis
  • Tumours, affecting the facial region can exert pressure on the nerves and lead to paralysis
  • Infections such as herpes zoster infections cause paralysis

Symptoms:

  1. Difficulty in speech, eating and drinking
  2. Closing eyelids, movement, and expressions become difficult
  3. Loss of sensation, which may be temporary or permanent

Ayurveda believes in not just correcting the paralysis but improving overall health so that there is no recurrence and other areas are also prevented from being affected. According to it, increased vata causes paralysis and so treatment includes correction of it plus prevention of vata accumulation through diet and lifestyle changes.

Dietary and lifestyle changes:

  1. Avoid cold and sour foods like curd, buttermilk, ice creams, cold foods like cucumber, banana, watermelons, etc.
  2. Avoid fermented foods as they aggravate Vata
  3. Reduce or avoid pulses like dal as they can worsen gas accumulation
  4. Substitute rice with wheat
  5. Substitute cow’s milk with buffalo milk
  6. Avoid smoking and alcohol completely
  7. Diet must be easily digestible and simple with lot of green leafy vegetables
  8. Avoid foods which can cause constipation

Ayurvedic remedies:

  1. Beejband or country mallow: This has nerve stimulating properties and so useful in paralysis of any sort
  2. Kali Mirch or black pepper: Used as a water gargle, it is beneficial in correcting paralysis
  3. Lavanga or cloves: People with Bell’s palsy were given water to which some drops of clove oil were added, and they showed remarkable benefits.
  4. Mulethi or licorice: This is proven to be effective in stopping the progression of paralysis. People with Bell’s palsy, in whom there was involuntary tearing, had a stoppage of the symptom.
  5. Ashwagandha capsules: They treat paralysis and also reduce anxiety and stress and depression. It helps by calming and rejuvenating the entire nervous system. It also helps control muscle and joint pains and reduces stiffness. It also helps control insomnia and allows for improved blood pressure.
  6. Curcumin: This is very beneficial in Bell's palsy patients. With its rich antioxidant content, it reduces free radical release and helps control inflammation and reduces oxidative stress.
  7. Nirgundi oil: It also cures the imbalance between Vata and Kapha in the body. Massaging with this oil heals injured facial muscles and nerves and improves paralysis. It also eliminates toxins and prevents greying of hair. Its anti-inflammatory properties provide relief from inflammation and pain.

Pranayam, meditation is sure useful in this condition. Do start asanas, slowly begin with surynamaskar. Along with this, one can take Shastrokta medicine, that are-- 1. Ekangvir Ras vati 1 or 2 bd + Maharasnadi kashay ghan vati 2+2 during the day.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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B.H.M.S
Homeopath, Kolkata
Effective home remedies for a healthy liver

The liver is one busiest organs of the body. From producing bile for digestion to eliminating toxins from the body, the liver performs more than 500 different functions. Unfortunately, with modern-day lifestyle (increased junk food consumption, heavy drinking, incessant smoking, skyrocketing stress levels and self-medication), liver diseases are emerging rapidly. But there are ways you can reduce the effects of these ill habits on your liver and keep it healthy. Here are some natural remedies you can try.
#1 Amla or Gooseberry: The Indian gooseberry or amla is known as one of the richest sources of vitamin C. What is less well-known is its ability to keep the liver functioning at optimal levels. This herb has been used extensively in Ayurveda for the treatment of sluggish liver; now researchers are finding in laboratory studies that extracts from amla have liver-protective function. However, there is no clear indication of whether it is useful to treat hepatitis B infection. Amla is one of the important components in Chyawanpraash that has immunity boosting, digestive and liver-protective action.

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Natural foods for the liver
The liver is one busiest organs of the body. From producing bile for digestion to eliminating toxins from the body, the liver performs more than 500 different functions. Unfortunately, with modern-day lifestyle (increased junk food consumption, heavy drinking, incessant smoking, skyrocketing stress levels and self-medication), liver diseases are emerging rapidly. But there are ways you can reduce the effects of these ill habits on your liver and keep it healthy. Here are some natural remedies you can try.
#1 Amla or Gooseberry: The Indian gooseberry or amla is known as one of the richest sources of vitamin C. What is less well-known is its ability to keep the liver functioning at optimal levels. This herb has been used extensively in Ayurveda for the treatment of sluggish liver; now researchers are finding in laboratory studies that extracts from amla have liver-protective function. However, there is no clear indication of whether it is useful to treat hepatitis B infection. Amla is one of the important components in Chyawanpraash that has immunity boosting, digestive and liver-protective action.

Tip: Although, the best way to consume it is raw, you can add small pieces of it in your salad or making a raitha with grated amla and curd.
#2 Jethimad or Licorice: Licorice has long been used in Ayurvedic remedies to cure liver ailments like non- alcoholic fatty liver disease. In this condition, the blood level of transaminase enzymes called ALT and AST increase to harmful levels for the liver. Research suggests that licorice (Jethimad or Mulhati in Hindi) extracts reduce the concentration of these enzymes, indicating its beneficial effect on the liver. Here are
top ten health benefits of Mulethi or Liquorice
Tip: Powder Licorice roots at home. Add the powder to boiling water while making tea. Steep it for a few minutes and then strain the liquid.
#3 Amrith or Guduchi: Amrith is yet another herb that Ayurveda considers to have rejuvenating properties and is commonly grown in many kitchen gardens. It is said to have the ability to clear toxins from the liver as well as strengthen its functioning. More importantly, Amrith does not cause any significant complications even when used for long-term. However, Ayurvedic physicians warn that using this herb can precipitate liver crisis if the patient has a large amount of toxins in the liver. Therefore, it is best to use this herb only under an Ayurvedic practitioner?s guidance.
Haldi or Turmeric: Packed with valuable antioxidants, turmeric is an important herb that improves liver health. Some studies have shown that the antiviral action of turmeric is effective in preventing multiplication of the viruses causing hepatitis B and C. Here are
7 reasons to start drinking turmeric milk or haldi doodh.

Tip: The easiest way to use turmeric is to include it in your daily cooking. Alternatively, you can consume it by adding it to plain milk .
#4 Flaxseeds: Certain receptor sites normally bind hormones and keep them circulating in the blood. This exerts strain on the liver to filter out these excess hormones. Studies have found that the phytoconstituents in flaxseeds have the capacity to bind such receptor sites, preventing hormonal binding. This reduces the work load on the liver. Read about
five seeds that you need to add to your diet
Tip: Sprinkling few crushed or whole flaxseeds on your toast, salad or cereals to reap their liver-protective benefits.
#5 Vegetables: Certain vegetables contain ingredients that help the liver secrete greater concentrations of important enzymes. In turn, these enzymes help excretion of potential carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) from the body. Beet, cabbage, carrot, broccoli, onion and garlic are some vegetables having such an action. Broccoli, onion and garlic are believed to provide sulfur to the body. This helps detoxification reactions carried out by the liver, preventing damage.

While these natural remedies can help your liver stay healthy, it is also important that you avoid eating foods that damage the liver.
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Successful Liver Cirrhosis Treatment With Ayurveda!

BAMS
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Successful Liver Cirrhosis Treatment With Ayurveda!

Liver cirrhosis is characterized by the replacement of normal liver tissue with fibrous tissue. This condition occurs when the liver has been exposed to certain causative factors for a prolonged period of time. Liver cirrhosis can be compared to “Kumbhakaamla” as stated in Ayurveda.

In Ayurvedic terms, liver cirrhosis is through to result due to an extreme aggravation of the pitta dosha. The liver is considered as the seat of pitta and therefore, an aggravated pitta dosha affects the functioning of this vital organ that helps eliminate toxins from the body. It can lead to problems such as anemia, jaundice, hemorrhage, ascites, and liver and spleen enlargement. This may end up aggravating and dis-balancing other doshas as well.

Because of aggravation of the pitta dosha, all the functions of the pitta such clarity of skin complexion, hunger, digestion, and production of blood are seriously affected. Because of the aggravation, the rasa and rakta dhatus are severely affected followed by other dhatus.

Ayurvedic treatment for liver ailments is highly recommended as it is completely natural and does not result in any side effects. It helps reverse all of the symptoms of liver cirrhosis and other diseases while restoring the normal functioning of the liver. There are several Ayurvedic remedies that you can practice to relieve the symptoms of liver cirrhosis.

The following are some of the most common Ayurvedic tips for liver cirrhosis:

  1. Patient must take expert opinion of an Ayurveda for the right treatment of liver cirrhosis
  2. Cirrhosis is a complicated and serious situation thus, home remedies or any single herb treatment is not recommended.
  3. Avoid foods that aggravate pitta, such as non-vegetarian food items, sour and spicy products, and oily foods.
  4. Incorporate sugar cane juice and raisins in your diet
  5. Consume well-churned buttermilk instead of curd
  6. Consume a mixture of 1 tablespoon licorice (mulethi) and 2 teaspoons honey twice a day
  7. Quit alcohol
  8. Eat a well balanced and nutritious diet that contains a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables
  9. Opt for sources of good fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, soy and olives
  10. Limit your intake of salt and sugar
  11. Avoid packaged food items with added preservatives, including pickles

Ayurvedic treatment varies from person to person and therefore one must consult an expert and not try any home remedies. 

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Easy Ways To Manage Acidity!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), PG Dip Panchakarma, PG Dip Ksharsutra For Piles, Pilonidal, Sinus & Fistula Management, Post Graduate Diploma In Hospital Administration (PGDHA), Certificate In Diabetes Update
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Easy Ways To Manage Acidity!

Gastritis / acidity part -2

Simple ways to manage gastritis / acidity

Gastritis/ acidity is usually mild and can be cured easily by following better food habits and regular healthy lifestyle. However, sometime gastritis can cause pain in the upper part of the abdomen and may lead to stomach ulcers. Few over-the-counter (otc) antacid medicines and a set of do's and don'ts can relieve gastritis. Some of the lifestyle and dietary changes are as follows:

Lifestyle / dietary changes:

Excess spicy food and use of painkillers, alcohol, cigarettes and acidic beverages lead to symptoms of gastritis. To get rid of symptoms of gastritis, one should follow these simple remedies.

Small meals: eat food in smaller quantity and switch to several small meals.

Avoid painkillers: painkillers lead to ulcers in your stomach and cause bleeding. So, avoid unnecessary use of painkillers.

Yoga and physical exercise: kapalabhati, bhastrika and anulomaviloma yoga increases movement of body and organs, helpful in the treatment of gastritis.

Foods to be taken:

A healthy meal plan with low unhealthy fat, salt, and added sugar helps in relieving gastritis. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy foods. Lean meats, poultry (chicken and turkey), fish, beans, eggs, and nuts are also advised to gastritis patients.

Fruits: fruits contain vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants should be the part of the diet plan.

Rice gruel: rice gruel helps in the formation of watery gastric juice and reduces the acidity level within the stomach. Only rice that has been aged for one year must be used. Wheat and barley are beneficial.

Vegetables: garlic and onion limit the growth of bacteria. Carrot juice, spinach juice, pumpkin, bitter gourd (kaakarakaya), cucumber (dosakaya), and green banana are effective. Broccoli is effective against h. Pylori bacteria in the stomach lining.

Dairy products: the calcium and vitamin d in milk reduce the stomach acids and gives relief to the stomach but, it should be with low content fat.

Grains: whole wheat chapattis, pasta, noodles made from whole grains should be included in the diet. Refined flour (maida) products should be strictly avoided. Limit the consumption of whole grain chapattis to about 2 chapattis, per day.

Green coconut water: drink green coconut water, as it provides the stomach with the necessary rest, vitamins, and minerals which provide an excellent and easy remedy for gastritis.

Foods to be avoided:

Several foods produce a large amount of acid in your stomach leading to gastritis. You should avoid intake of such foodstuffs in your diet:


- salty and spicy foods.

- vinegar and vinegar based food items.

- aerated drinks, citrus juices, caffeine.

- high fat/cholesterol contained food items.

- beef, fried fish, and pork.

- baked products like cookies, cakes, chocolates.

Medical treatments

Medical therapies/ options:

Several allopathic medicines are used for the treatment of gastritis, but their prolonged use can lead to problems like weak bones, constipation, vomiting. Antibiotics are used to kill h. Pylori bacteria, which causes ulcers and gastritis in your digestive tract. Antacids normalize acid production by blocking the action of the parts of cells that produce acids. Ulcer healing agents protect the tissues that line your stomach and small intestine. Besides these, surgery is preferred in complicated cases of gastritis like pus or mucous filled infections in stomach and intestines.

Ayurvedic and herbal therapies:

In Ayurveda, gastritis is known as urdhavaga amalapitta. It is caused in people who have pitta dosha, which means disturbance in the digestion of food leading to indigestion. When the pitta dosha gets increased in such people, there are greater chances of getting gastritis. Ayurvedic preparations like dhaatriloha, sukumaraghrita, sootashekhara rasa, kaamadudha rasa, leela vilas rasa, chandrakala rasa, amalakichoorna, triphalachoornaand amalapittantaka rasa are beneficial in gastritis. If there is constipation along with gastritis, then avipattikarachoorna is taken as the medicine of choice.

Few herbs that are beneficial for gastritis patients are

Cardamom (ilaayachee): soothes the stomach. It is especially beneficial if the gastritis causes heartburn.

Fennel (sauph): is digestive, traditionally used by Indians. Fennel gives the soothing effect to the stomach, facilitates digestion, reduces flatulence and relieves the stomach of excess acidity.

Ginger (adrakh): it is effective in treating indigestion that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who consume more of a non-vegetarian food.

Amla: Amla is very beneficial in the treatment of several stomach ailments including gastritis.

Sandalwood (chandan): helps in gastritis because it has cooling properties. It can soothe the stomach muscles inflamed by gastritis.

Asparagus: it's roots are effective in reducing the hyperacidity of the digestive system.

Licorice (mulethi) root powder: the root of the licorice soothes the injury of the stomach and also reduces the h pylori. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Instant Relief From Cough - Home Remedy!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Instant Relief From Cough - Home Remedy!

A mix of 1/4 teaspoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon mulethi powder and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon with warm water consume twice daily in the morning and evening works wonders for cough. This remedy is very effective and provides instant relief.

Table of Content

Mulethi
Nutritional Value of Mulethi
Health Benefits of Mulethi
Combats digestive issues
Combats respiratory infections
Treats Canker Sores
Protects the liver
Helps in weight reduction
Promotes oral health
Improves immunity
Memory improvement
Hormonal regulation
Uses of Mulethi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mulethi
Cultivation of Mulethi