Yashtimadhu is sweet, cooling and heavy to digest. In Ayurveda, Yastimadhu is used extensively as a demulcent, mild expectorant and anti-inflammatory agent. It is good for the eyes. It improves strength and complexion. It is a lubricant and aphrodisiac. It promotes the growth of hair and improves voice.
Glycyrrhiza is a hardy herb or undershrub, usually of 2 m height. It is tall, erect perennial plant with light, gracefully-spreading pinnate foliage and dark green lanceolate leaflets that hang down at night and violet to lavender color flower. The roots are brown, long and cylindrical.
The roots of Glycyrrhiza glabra contain glycyrrhizin, which is a saponin that is 60 times sweeter than cane sugar; Flavonoid rich fractions include liquirtin, isoliquertin liquiritigenin and rhamnoliquirilin. The Indian roots show various 2-methyliso - flavones, and an unusual coumarin, C liquocoumarin, 6 - acetyl- 5, hydroxy- 4-methyl coumarin. Asparagine is also found.
Dried roots and stolons
Licorice Powder- 2-4 grams per day.