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A REVIEW ON YASHTIMADHU IN URDHVAJATRUGATA ROGAS

Ashok P. Vaijwade* and Dnyaneshwari Sanjay Nakil

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The term Ayurveda consists of two words namely ‘Ayu’ and ‘Veda’ meaning the science of life. In present era traditional medicines are getting more attention worldwide with the great therapeutic significance and potential actions. There are so many plants in Ayurveda with great importance. Yashtimadhu is one of the important and widely used classical herbal medicinal plant with vast clinical action used in various diseases in Vedas and Samhitas. Yashtimadhu is Commonly known as Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn., Liquorices, sweet wood, Mulahati. The important chemical constituent of Yashtimadhu is glycyrrhizin (about 2-9%), Glycyrrhetinic acid (glycyrrhetic) (0.5- 0.9%). Other active constituents of Yashtimadhu include isoflavonoids, chalcones, triterpenoids, coumarins, sterols, amino acids, amines, lignans, gums and volatile oils. These are found to be responsible for its various activities like antiulcer activity, wound healing activity, eye troubles, cognitive function enhancing activity, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant activity, anti-tussive activity etc.[1] Recent researches have also shown its positive effect in cancer. The objective of this paper is to review the literature regarding various effects of Yashtimadhu on Urdhvajatrugata Rogas. The canvas of the pharmacological activities of Yashtimadhu is very vast. When these activities were compiled Yashtimadhu stands out strongly as a drug of choice in various disorders. This paper reviews the available data on use of Yashtimadhu [Glycyrrhiza glabra] in various disorders as evidenced in these topics.

Keywords: Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn, glycyrrhizin, liquorice, Yashtimadhu.


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