Introduction of Yastimadhu 

The benefits of Licorice has been known to Indians since thousand years. The Sanskrit term for Licorice is Yashtimadhu.It is a common Ayurvedic herb. This herb is been chewed in many so such household where someone's have voice problems. 

Licorice sticks (Root)

1. The Botanical name is Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn.

2. Belongs to Fabaceae Family

3. Its English name is Licorice / Liquorice

4. Hindi - Mulethi

5. Telugu/Tamil– Atimadhuram and Irattimadhuram

6. Kannada - Atimadhur

7. Bengali - Yashtimadhu

8. Marathi- Jeshtimadh

9. Gujarati - Jethimadh

Benefits of Yastimadhu 

1. It is extremely good for our eye and eyesight
2. It provides us with immunity and good strength
3. Enhances our color as well as overall complexion
4. Good aphrodisiac
5. It increases the quality and quantity of semen
6. It is a wonderful hair tonic
7. Excellent toward throat disorders
8. Beneficial for improving voice
9. Heals problem like ulcer, wounds, and Inflammation which is associated with wounds
10.It neutralizes the toxic effects of poisons.
11.Chinese administer the medicine to check food Poisoning
12.It is Anti-emetic
13.Relieves us from thirst
14.Eliminates tiredness/exhaustion
15.Provides us with strength and energy
16.Is useful to relieve us from wasting disorders and degenerative diseases
18.Heals respiratory Diseases/Problems
19.Maintains heart health
20.Prevents damage to LDL
21.Does not allow growth of Plague
22.Enhances Immunity
23.Fights Viruses
24.The Phytoestrogens present in Liquorice have little Estrogenic effect, so it eases symptoms like Pre-menstrual syndrome which is associated with bloating, irritability, breast tenderness etc
26.Is an anti-allergic
27.Beneficial toward allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, conjunctivitis
28.Effectively to treat Psoriasis, Dermatitis, and Eczema
29.Mild laxative
30.Powerful antioxidant
32.Brain Tonic
33.Rises the quality and quantity of blood
34.Is useful in cases of bleeding disorder
37.Relieves us from Dysuria
38.Encourages longevity
39.Heals fracture quickly
41 Good for our Eyes

For Voice improvement

Very small licorice sticks are taken with a length of 2 – 3 cm. They are chewed and their juice is swallowed to relieve us from hoarseness in our voice.

Singers also improve their voice by using this drink

Half teaspoon of the juice is taken along with honey or ghee

For High Blood Pressure

A dose of 30 grams a day, for more weeks, can cause high blood pressure.

The daily dose must not be more than 3 grams a day.


An intake of 2 grams of the powder with warm milk will be an excellent rejuvenator or a brain tonic for us.

Side effects of Yashtimadhu

1. Must not be had by pregnant women as it may cause complications
2. People with high BP and low levels of the mineral potassium must not have it
3. The excess dose of Liquorice leads to Vomiting, Nausea, or an increase in Blood pressure.
4. It is very important for one to take the medicine under proper supervision
5. Especially people in the following category needs special attention:
6. Women who have taken birth control pills
7. Patients with Blood Pressure problems
8. Pregnant women
9. Lactating mothers


a). Root- glycyrrhizin.(3.6 percent)
b). Yellow amorphous powder
c). Glycoside isoliquiritin 2.2%
d). Glucose 3.8%
e). Starch
f). Gum
g). Mucilage
h). Amorphous
i). Sulphuric acid
j). Metallic acids
K). Calcium
L). Magnesium salts

Contra Indications

1. Cardiac glycosides Licorice, on one hand, may potentiate toxicity.

2. On Insulin: Licorice can have a synergistic effect causing problems like hypokalemia

3. As an Anticoagulant: Licorice increases our metabolism and clears warfarin

4. (MAO-I)MAO-inhibitors: Licorice potentiates activity on MAO-Is

5. (P-GP)P-Glycoprotein substrates: Licorice inhibits P-GP, which results in and increased intracellular concentration, specifically of that chemo agent daunorubicin(It is a substrate of P-GP)

6. Cortisol acetate: Licorice increases the cortisol availability of tissues during a time which follows oral administration of Cortisone acetate

7. (P450)Cytochrome substrates: Glycyrrhizin is a major ingredient of the licorice, it induces CYP2D6 and CYP3A. This can affect our intracellular . concentration of certain drugs which has been metabolized by the enzyme.

8. Cyclosporine: Licorice is greatly reduced on the oral bioavailability of cyclosporine This activates CYP3A4 and P-GP


Himalaya Yashtimadhu 

Sri Sri Ayurveda Yashtimadhu Tablets