Ayurveda Uses of the Sweet Root Licorice

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Licorice, a root that is 50 times sweeter than sugar, has wonderful health benefits. Since ancient days, licorice has been used for treating various aliments, including liver and stomach disorders, cough and sore throat.

Beneficial sweet root


The health benefits of licorice are countless and this root has been used for thousands of years to treat many diseases. The word licorice is derived from a Greek word meaning “sweet root,” which describes its appropriate nature that it is said to be 50 times sweeter than sugar.

There are evidences that the traditional Chinese medicine has been using licorice for over 5,000 years. Ancient medicinal systems, including Indian Ayurveda, were using licorice for a variety of aliments, such as coughs, sore throats, poisonous bites, food poisoning, arthritic pains, and liver and stomach disorders. This herb has been long valued as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and aphrodisiac agent.

Ayurvedic uses of licorice


Ayurveda uses licorice for various purposes. Although licorice was introduced into India by the Greeks and the Arabs, it is referred in Ayurvedic texts as “Yashtimadhu” having the same Greek meaning “sweet root”and is used in various ways.

1) Ayurveda considers licorice as an important tonic herb because of its property to balance the three humors(doshas) Vata, Kapha and Pitta. The ancient system says that if it is used in large dosage for a long time, it may increase the Kapha humor. It says that it has powerful effect on all of the tissue levels and it is beneficial to all the seven dhatus of the body which remain inside the human body, maintaining the proper equilibrium so that the body can function properly.

2) Ayurveda says that licorice gives a cooling effect to eyes, improves quality and quantity of sperms in semen, enhances the luster of hairs and make them look blacker than before, improves voice, increases one’s body strength and improves complexion.

3) Ayurveda considers it a successful aphrodisiac since it increases sexual desire and is used to treat erectile disorders and premature ejaculation commonly found in men.

4) It has been used to treat mouth ulcers, bad odors, coating and rawness of tongue causes by inflammation. Ayurveda considers it as an anesthetic to treat tooth problems. It is a potent pain killer and anti-bacterial. This has been confirmed by modern scientific studies.

Recent researches by Stefan Gafner and colleagues in USA have revealed that two of the compounds in licorice, called licoricidin and licorisoflavan A, are the most effective antibacterial substances in curing toothache. These substances can kill bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

5) Licorice is used in Ayurveda in various ways, both as a medicine and as a flavoring herb, to suppress unpleasant odors and tastes since it has a pleasant smell and a sweet taste. Powdered licorice is added to many Ayurvedic herbal formulas to harmonize the qualities of herbs and improve the taste. It heals soar throat and improves voice.

There are so many sweet benefits for health by using this sweetest root. Studies are still going on to find out the properties of this wonderful root.

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Analgesic, Ancient Medicines, Aphrodisiac, Ayurveda, Balance Humors, Health Benefits, Licorice, Sweetroot, Traditional Chinese Systems

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author avatar Denise O
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Good and interesting info on licorice. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you for your affectionate comment.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Wonderful information, thank you!

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you dear sister Delicia.

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author avatar Buzz
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for this great info, vp. Bless you, my friend.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Hope to get some more guidance. Thank you dear Buzz.

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author avatar Retired
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Lots of great info on Licorice, VP.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you dear sister RD Nina.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Mar 2012 (#)

We need to get back to natural remedies as we tend to gravitate away to synthetics in their varied forms. Thanks VP for pointing to the basics - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Siva forthis encouraging comment.

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author avatar Mikey.
14th Mar 2012 (#)

I like licorice never thought it was so good for us.Thanks VP.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Mar 2012 (#)

There are many more benefits. Thank you dear brother Mikey.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
14th Mar 2012 (#)

i was asked a lot of times what licorice is...now i have something to answer...thanks my friend

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Jules.

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Good info VP

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author avatar vpaulose
17th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you a lot dear Madan.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you so much for this enlightening article!!! I love natural licorice but it is so hard to find!! My husband buys black jelly beans but I can taste the chemicals in them. I only want the natural licorice!!

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Judy.

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