Licorice root (Mulethi) is known for its medicinal benefits for centuries. It is native to Europe and Asia. The chinese use this herb to treat a variety of problems.
So let us look at some of its benefits,
Soreness of throat
Licorice root is very beneficial in throat infection. It reduces pain and swelling in the throat. It also sweetens your voice.
Licorice root is used to treat many intestinal tract and digestive abnormalities. It helps with inflammation and irritation of the digestive tract and the mucus lining of the stomach caused by bacterial infection. It soothes and calms the digestive system. It is beneficial in food poisoning, stomach ulcers and heartburn.
Licorice protects the liver and promotes its healing. It reduces hepatitis related inflammation. It supplies valuable antioxidants that help maintain the overall health of the liver.
Licorice enhances immunity by boosting levels of interferon a key chemical that fights viruses. It also contains powerful antioxidants as well as certain phytoestrogens that can perform some of the functions of the body’s natural estrogens which is very helpful during the menopause.
Relieves pain and stress
It is helpful in relieving fevers and soothing pain such as headaches. it’s anti-allergenic effect is very useful in hay fever, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma. Due to its action on the adrenal glands licorice has the ability to improve resistance to stress.
Studies have shown that Licorice root may regulate cholesterol levels by improving the bile flow. The antioxidant activity of licorice root may inhibit the development of arterial plaque and improve the capillary health.
A small clinical study has shown that the demulcent and anti-inflammatory agents in licorice root extract gel may reduce the symptoms of the topic dermatitis (eczema). Simply applying licorice root extract gel onto the affected area to the 3 times daily may help relieve the skin disorders.
Hair loss and dandruff
Consumption of licorice improves hair growth and reduces hair loss. Rinsing the hair with licorice helps in treating dandruff.
Side effects of Licorice root
Licorice root should not be used by people with anemia, high blood pressure, severe liver or kidney disease or those taking digoxin based diuretics or digitalis glycoside heart medications.
The herb should not be used in hypokalemia, liver cirrhosis, hypertension and severe renal insufficiency.
The side effects do seem to be dose dependent with smaller doses having lesser or no side effects.