Yashtimadhu, also known as Licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia. It has been widely used in traditional medicine for centuries due to its numerous medicinal properties. The root of the Yashtimadhu plant is the most commonly used part for its therapeutic benefits.
In traditional medicine, Yashtimadhu is valued for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and expectorant properties. It is often used to soothe respiratory issues such as coughs, bronchitis, and sore throats. The compound glycyrrhizin found in Yashtimadhu is responsible for its natural sweetness and has been utilized in the production of licorice candies and flavoring.