Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Botanical name : Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Yashti, Yashtimadhu, Madhuka, Kleetaka, Madhusrava, Atirasa

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka: Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Liquorices, Licorice
Hindi : Mulhati, Jetimad
Malayalam : Irattimadhuram, Erattimadhuram

Distribution – Cultivating in Panjab and Himachal pradesh in India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial undershrub grows up to 1.5 meters in height. Leaves compound, pinnate, leaf lets 4-7 pairs; flowers violet in axillary racemes, fruits flattened linear pods, containing flattened seeds. Underground stems woody, pale brown color, fibrous and cream colored, with a peculiar sweetish taste.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, inflammation, headache, cough, bronchitis, fever, skin disease, peptic ulcers, graying of hair, ulcer, wounds and oligospermia.
Useful part : Roots

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