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Licorice

(S) Vashti Madhu, honey-stick

(C) Gan cao

Part Used: root

Energetics: sweet, bitter/cooling/ sweet VP- K+ (if used long term)

Tissues: works on all tissue-elements

Systems: digestive, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, excretory

Actions: demulcent, expectorant, tonic, rejuvenative, laxative, sedative, emetic

Indications: cough, colds, bronchitis, sore throat, laryngitis, ulcers, hyperacidity, painful urination, abdominal pain, general debility

Precautions: high Kapha, edema; inhibits absorption of calcium and potassium, not for osteoporosis; hypertension (increases water around the heart)

Preparation: decoction, milk decoction, powder (250 to 500 mg), medicated ghu

LICORICE is an effective expectorant, helping to liquify mucus and acditate its discharge from the body. In large doses it is a good emetic for cleansing the lungs and stomach of Kapha. It is a mild laxative which soothes and tones the mucous membranes, relieving muscle spasms and reducing inflammation. Its taste masks the disagreeable flavor of other herbs and helps harmonize their qualities, countering heat and cbyness and reducing toxicity.

For colds and respiratory affliction, it combines well with fresh ginger. With ginger and cardamom it is a tonic to the teeth. It is a restorative and rejuvenative food. Sattvic in quality, it calms the mind and nurtures the spirit. It nourishes the brain and increases cranial and cerebrospinal fluid, promoting contentment and harmony. It improves voice, vision, hair and complexion and gives strength.

   
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