Mulethi is an age old remedy, most trusted by grandmothers in India. It is also commonly known as Licorice. It is believed to be a natural expectorant. The herb extracts are sold commercially as capsules to treat various other internal diseases and disorders. The herb can also be consumed in the form of tea.
Mulethi is an herb that is grown in parts of Europe and Asia. It is a perennial herb and it has been used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicines for centuries. In Western countries, licorice extract is mainly used as a flavoring agent and also as a natural sweetener.
Apart from cough, Mulethi is also used to treat certain skin aliments, digestive disorders and other respiratory ailments.
Mulethi has an intricate composition of many natural compounds. Anethole makes up 3% of the whole plant. Glycyrrhizin is a prominent compound which makes the plant naturally sweet. Another compound Isoflavane glabridin is found in the roots of the plant.
The various parts of the Mulethi plant are used to treat various diseases. The capsule is used to treat various diseases such as:
Mulethi can at times induce allergic reactions in the body. People who are allergic to peas and other legumes are especially vulnerable to Mulethi induced allergic reactions. Therefore, people with such allergies should completely avoid Mulethi.
In rare cases, excessive intake of Mulethi can cause the following side-effects:
In rarest cases, there might be a temporary loss of vision.
If consumed in the form of tea, Mulethi should be limited to a maximum of two cups a day. Mulethi pills that are herbal extracts are mainly used as supplements. The right dosage for pill is 2 milligrams per kilogram of your body weight per day. This measurement is for supplements that are Deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) Mulethi.
If you use the other form of the supplement, that is not Deglycyrrhizinated, the correct dosage is not more than 100 mg per day, irrespective of your body weight.
Mulethi is rich in several natural compounds. These compounds act on various systems in the body including the digestive system and endocrine system. There are no studies to indicate the specific compounds that act against the disorders and ailments in the body. However, from ancient times this herb has been used in treating various disorders both internally and externally.
The compounds in the herb are said to boost overall health by killing free radicals with oxidative properties.
The side effects of Mulethi herb are limited. However, it should be avoided by certain people like:
There is no substitute for licorice as a whole. However, for each ailment that Meluthi treats, there are other herbs that can be consumed. For example, herbs in the Kandughna class treat allergic reactions in the skin and herbs in the Shonitasthapana class help check bleeding and aids easy menstruation.
Licorice being a natural compound does not interact with most drugs. However, to ensure caution, you must discuss your licorice dosage with our physician.
Mulethi can interact in the following ways:
Ans: Yes . Mulethi can be used in external applications to treat skin ailments. It is either used separately or in combination with other herbs.
Ans: No. There are no cases of addiction to Mulethi that have been reported.
Ans: Yes. Mulethi is a good antioxidant and it can be consumed everyday even for non-remedial purposes.
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