Hindi: Mithi-lakdi, Mulathi
Latin: Glycyzrrhiza glabra Linn. Part Used: Root
Habitat: Found in many countries
Energetics: Sweet, bitter-cold-sweet VP- K+ (only if used long term)
Systems: Digestive, excretory, nervous, reproduc- tive, respiratory
Action: Demulcent, emetic, expectorant, laxative, rejuvenative, sedative, tonic
Uses: Excellent for acidity, voice, and heart tonic (with warm milk), Váyu doßha, bronchitis, colds, cough, laryngitis, general debility, emetic (in large doses), inflammation, mental calming, mucus liq- uefying and expectorating, mucus membrane toner and soother, muscle spasms, sore throat, ulcers (contains natural ulcer-healing steroid precursers), urination pain. Cleanses lungs and stomach of Kapha. For colds and flu, mix with ginger (1:1). Blood purification, abdominal pain, nourishes the brain—increasing cranial and cerebrospinal fluid. Improves complexion, hair, and vision.
Spiritual Uses: Sattwic; gives contentment and harmony
Precautions: Excess Kapha, edema, stops calcium and potassium absorption, not for osteoporosis, hypertension (increases water around heart). Pre- cautions are removed when taken in boiled milk or de-glycerized (DGL) form is used . Do not use when pregnant.
Preparation: Decoction, milk decoction, powder,