Friday, 22 November 2013

5 Amazing Health Benefits & Uses of Athimadhuram Tea/ Mulethi Tea + Recipe

 

Licorice tea/ Athimadhuram tea/ Mulethi tea has wonderful health benefits. 1. For Digestion- Licorice root has been used for centuries to treat various ailments that involves digestive tract, as it helps to protect the stomach lining. 2. For Cough- Licorice tea is amazing home remedy for cough and since it is sweet by itself, it is easier to make the children drink it. However this herb should not be taken over the limit. The maximum dosage is 3 to 4 gm of this root, enough for one cup of tea. 3. For Menstrual cramps- It also relieves menstrual cramps as it has antispasmodic and anti inflammatory proprieties. 4. For Constipation- It is also a laxative and can relieve a person, who suffers from constipation. Take this tea daily for 2 to 3 days to get good relief from constipation. 5. For Arthritis- Licorice has anti inflammatory properties, so it may help people who are suffering from arthritis. However there are some side effects to licorice tea. People with blood pressure and pregnant women should avoid this herb. Please treat this licorice tea as a medicine and don't consume it regularly. Over consumption of licorice tea might lead to edema and effect normal bowel movements. I mainly use licorice tea to treat cough. Licorice tea is very sweet by itself, but we always add a bit of palm candy to it. To make this licorice decoction, first pound the licorice root and break it into pieces.  Boil water with palm candy. Once the water comes to a roaring boil and the palm candy has dissolved, add the licorice root. Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes before straining it. Your licorice tea made the Indian way, with palm candy is ready!    

 

 


METHOD:
1. Take licorice root (the one you see in the main picture) in a mortar and pestle and pound it coarsely.


2. This is palm candy and it is very rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids.



3. Boil water in pan along with palm candy.


4. Once the palm candy has dissolved and the water has come to a rolling boil, add the pounded licorice root and let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes. The longer you boil, the sweeter the tea will be.


5. Strain and your sweet licorice tea is ready!


NOTES:
  • We always use palm candy for licorice root tea recipe, but if you don't have it then just skip it and make the tea.
  • If you have health problems, don't use licorice tea without your doctors approval.
  • Don't drink this tea continuously for more than a week.
  • This treatment gives good relief for throat infections and cough.
  • For treating menstrual cramps, have a warm cup of this tea once in the morning to get good relief.
  • Always drink this tea in an empty stomach, for it to be effective.

95 comments:

  1. IPlease inform me whether Adhimaduram is good for diabetic

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  2. Adhimadhuram is good for diabetics, as it controls the blood sugar, but it will not cure it. If you are take diabetic medication, consult your doctor if you are planning to take adhimadhuram on a daily basis, since it reduces the blood sugar levels.

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    1. hi madam..
      what are all the additional substances which can be added with adhimadhuram to reduce the migrane problems and to decrease the blood sugar levels

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    2. We use adhimadhuram maily for cold and cough. I would suggest you try nochi leaf steam for migraine as my cousin found good relief with it. And for reducing blood sugar levels, try fenugreek tea, nilavembu or giloy. They have all been proven to reduce blood sugar levels, you can find information about them in the blog...

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  3. Ramya.. What are the other ways to use athimathuram root.

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    1. Hi Sasat,
      You can use licorice root for brushing the teeth. If soaked in milk and ground to a paste makes an effective dandruff hair pack. You can also chew on the piece to get good relief from cough immediately...

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  4. Hi ramya

    Can you tell the beauty benefits of licorice?

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    1. Licorice has lot of beauty benefits, I will do a separate post for it very soon.....

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  5. I have migraine,ibs,anxiety pls suggest some herbs

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    1. Hi, For migraine, nochi steam works very well, please give it a try. You can read about the plant in the blog...

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  6. Hi ramya.. Can we use athimathuram to increase breast milk.. Pls suggest..

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    1. Hi Diya, I would suggest not using athimathuram when you are breast feeding because there is contradicting information whether athimadhuram increases breast milk or not. Also it should definitely not be had in large amounts and the dosage is also important so I would suggest not using athimadhuram on a daily basis during breast feeding...

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    2. Hi Diya, I would suggest not using athimathuram during breast feeding as there is contradicting information on whether it increases breast milk or not. Athimathuram's safety for breast feeding mothers is also dose dependent so I would suggest not taking it regularly during breast feeding...

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  7. Hi Ramya Ma'm,

    I bought athimadhuram and vasambu each 250 gm thinking it could be powdered easily in a mixi. But it did not work. So I am keeping it in sun for making it crisp. Then i saw your blog. It is good to ask a knowledgeable person about powdering it.

    Instead of buying ready-made powder of above 2, I myself want to do it and store it so that it would be very useful and less time-consuming when we want.

    Shops sell vasambu powder in its original colour. Is it possible to have it done at home? that is without burning and blackening vasambu.

    Athimadhuram also very hard to grind in mixi. How to do it?

    I want both for acute dandruff problem, cold, cough.

    Kindly enlighten me.

    Thanks..

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    1. Pound both athimadhuram and vasambu to small pieces using a mortar and pestle. Sun dry till crisp spread on a plate, covered with a thin mesh to prevent dust settling. While they are still crisp from sun drying, powder in a dry mixer, sieve and store...

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  8. is athimathuram gud to reduce stomach heat and also stomach problem

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    1. Athimadhuram | Licorice is very good for treating all stomach problems. For stomach heat try sabja seeds | neeragaram or kambu koozh (information about them can be found in the blog).....

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  9. Hi mam this is mohana. I have a 3 yes old girl baby she has a tonsils and dust ,cold air problem for past one year and she is under treatment too,all I need to know can I give athimathuram daily bases and how much should I give her, pls suggest me .... Is this medician help me or not .....

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    1. Boil 5 gram of licorice in 1/4 cup of water till it reduces in half and give it to her for 3 to 4 days. Since it is sweet she will have it readily. Licorice is very very good for treating all the above said problems. If the tonsillitis is painful, you can have her suck on a small piece of the athimadhuram root for sometime too. Try it and let me know how she feels...

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    2. Also try to use between 2 to 5 grams and never above 5gms of athimadhuram per day for her as overdosing is harmful...

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  10. Hi Ramya,

    Is Licorice beneficial for pains, such as arthritis or other knee joint related discomfort?

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    1. Licorice has got anti inflammatory properties and can be used for joint related problems...

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  11. Hello Madam,
    I have gastritis or Gastric Ulcer and esophagastitis, suffering lot. Bunch of Medical records, no use of them.
    Is Adithimadhuram is helpful for me ? How to use them ?

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    1. Hi, For ulcers, you can take this athimadthuram tea in empty stomach for a week. Manathakkali keerai is also wonderful for ulcers. Stop taking coffee, tea and spicy foods for few days and continue taking this soup regularly till you feel better, here is the link: http://www.wildturmeric.net/2014/12/manathakkali-keerai-health-benefits-medicinal-uses.html. Also try to include fresh yogurt daily in the diet. Try these remedies and let me know how you feel....

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  12. Hello mam,
    Will Athimadhuram help in treating liver related problems? Since my father has cirrhosis am asking this..

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    1. Hello, Athimadhuram is said to help in liver problems in a study conducted, you can read about it here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22308054. But since licorice has bad side effects if taken continuously, liver treatment using licorice has to be done under the supervision of a medical professional....

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  13. Hello mam,
    I am mano, I am 32 years old.
    I have hypothyroidism tsh level is 5.67 and high level of progesterone is 32.7 at the luteal phase.
    Because of these I have white discharge from day 14 to 20 with lower abdomen pain.
    I have my period 25th to 28th day first 4 days browny spotting with back pain , for the next 5 days bleeding flow starts heavily and my periods end with browny spotting with 2 days.
    I have dandruff,low blood pressure, hair loss,white hairs, melasma on my face ,joint pain,sinus. Now I taking vitex negundo leaf decoction in morning.
    shall I continue this? Is vitex suitable to me?
    shall I take licorice along with vitex?

    Please help me mam.

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    1. Usually we only use the vitex leaf steam for sinus and licorice should not be taken for longer duration especially since you have low blood pressure. I would suggest ashwagandha herb as it is very effective for thyroid related problems but please consult an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage before taking it on a daily basis...

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  14. Hi, i am going to try Licorice decoction with methi decoction and Chaste berry tincture and castor leaves juice for treating endometriosis. Please advice if any risk.

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    1. Hi, I am sorry, I don't have any idea about the combination of the herbs you mentioned.....

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  15. Hello Madam...Is athimadhuram is best for trying to get pregnant..can you explain about it clearly and in which shop we can the original athimadhuram

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    1. Hello, athimadhuram is said to help in female fertility because it has estrogenic effects. It is said to regulate irregular periods and help women with pcos. But using athimadhuram for long duration's should be done with caution especially by people with high blood pressure or by people taking certain medications regularly. I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic doctor for the correct dosage if you are planning to take it for long periods of time (more than a week). You can buy pure athimadhuram roots from nattumarundhu kadai...

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  16. madam i am suffering from dry cough for more than 1 and half months.. took lot of medicines(doctor prescribed only) but still now i am unable to recover from that problem.. please tell me this adhimathuram is good for this case? i am already using this adhimathuram for more than one week... but not in tea format... i just swallowing pinch of adhimaturam in times of having high (dry)cough... pls tell what i have to do now?

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    1. Athimadhuram is very very good for treating dry cough. I would suggest taking it once a day in the form of tea (using 5 gm of licorice root and not more than that) like mentioned without the sugar in an empty stomach for 2 to 3 days. Please let me know how you feel after 3 days of taking the tea. But if you are having blood pressure, I would suggest not using this remedy..

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  17. Ramya .. this is a good post. Need you advise on one of the things that my maternal uncle (who was an Ayurvedic Physician) used to tell us in our childhood about 'athimadhuram'... Apparently, it is very good for singing. I mean, if you are a singer and you want your throat to be very soft and smooth (especially in high pitch), he suggested, you should eat Athimadhuran everyday. Is it a correct observation? Can you confirm please?

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    1. Yes, athimadhuram is highly recommended for singers as it literally treats all the problems of the throat. Even personally I only reach out to athimadhuram first for all my throat issues :). But I would suggest using athimadhuram only for treating and not on a daily basis for long periods of time....

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  18. Hi Ramya,
    Is there any side effects in usage of athimadhuram. will there be any issues while planning.

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    1. There is no side effects of athimadhuram for fertility in fact it is said to help in fertility. But it should not be overdosed and should not be had for long periods of time especially pressure patients should be very cautious when using this herb...

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  19. Hello mam,
    did it use to reduce weight. ..can you explain and my sister suffering from itches. .did athimathuram we can use

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    1. Though athimadhuram is useful for obesity (you can read about the study that proved this use here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24687644), I would suggest not using licorice root for longer periods of time. For itching applying turmeric and tulsi paste on the body will help....

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  20. Hello madam, im suffering from pcos. This led to hairfall and weak hair, baldness in my scalp. and i also have thick unwanted facial hair due to pcos. Is it safe for me to take adhimathuram tea daily for pcos?

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    1. Hi, I am very very sorry for the late reply. Licorice has been proven to be very effective for pcos, you can read about the study done proving the use here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15579328. But one word of caution, licorice tea should not be consumed for more than a week if you have blood pressure. I would suggest taking no more than a cup of licorice tea daily for 2 to 3 weeks even if you don't have blood pressure and then stop.....

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  21. Madam i have ready made athimathuram powder. Can i mix it with regular tea and consume? How much amount of athimathuram powder can i consume daily?

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    1. You can mix it with regular tea but I would suggest using licorice root powder as a medicine and not as a daily drink. The daily recommended dosage is a tea made from 4 to 5 grams of licorice root or 1/2 tsp of licorice root powder....

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  22. does it cures to get rid from aasma.

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    1. Licorice root tea can be used for asthma too...

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  23. Should Adhimadhuram be taken in combination with Chitrathai or separately?

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    1. I usually take adhimadhuram separately in the form of tea like as given above....

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  24. Hi mam,
    Read your post and found it very useful.
    Thank you for giving these good information.
    I am suffering from pcos for a long time and desperately trying to conceive for 3 yrs. can u give me some useful remedies so that it can help me.Thanks in advance mam!

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    1. Hi, Aparna a dear of the blog shared her experience about how she treated her pcos problem naturally in the blog, you can read it here, I am sure it will be helpful for you too: http://www.wildturmeric.net/2015/11/natural-Indian-home-remedies-for-PCOS.html

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  25. for slimming how to use Atimadhuram and what should be time limit.

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  26. How to use Atimadhuram for slimming. Fro the article above you were not recommending for continuous use. How long can it be used. Kindly give a detailed reply

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  27. Hi ramya mam,
    Can we give adhimadhuram with nilaveppu kasayum to 2 yr old for severe cough and cold?

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    1. I would suggest karpooravalli for babies under 2 year old, it is very effective or you can use tulsi kashayam too (you can read about both these preparations in the blog)....

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  28. Namaste mam,
    can athimathuram powder be applied on bald patches for hair growth? how often can i apply it?

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    1. Namaste Sir, Licorice root tea when used in hair pack treats hair problems like dandruff and promotes new growth but I am not sure whether it helps in baldness as I could not find any evidence supporting this claim. I even found a study that proves the ineffectiveness of the extract on androgenic alopecia (baldness), here is the study: http://www.pnrjournal.com/article.asp?issn=0976-9234;year=2014;volume=5;issue=1;spage=25;epage=28;aulast=Upadhyay

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  29. Hai madam, I am 3 months pregnant women. I am having sines problem. Is it suggestable to have athimaduram at this time. If not, what medicine I can have.

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    1. I would suggest not using athimadhuram while pregnant instead try the nochi leaf steam from the blog, it is the best for treating sinus infection in my opinion...

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  30. Thanks for the information Want to know is it useful for heavy bleeding due to hormonal imbalance or not and if yes how and when to take it TAI

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    1. Licorice | athimadhuram is very useful for treating heavy bleeding, you can take it in the form of tea like mentioned in the post for 3 to 4 days in the morning. But please be careful about the dosage...

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  31. How to use athimadhuram to get pregnant??? Will get side effects and do v get regular periods ????

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    1. Athimadhuram have estrogenic properties and so it helps in female fertility. But I would suggest taking it under medical supervision...

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  32. Hello Ms.Ramya, i am being suffering with panic disorder, depression and anxiety disorder for the past 1.5 years. Do this adhimadhuram will help me in anyway.?

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    1. Hi sir, I would suggest that you take brahmi tea, it greatly helps anxiety and depression. You can read about brahmi plant here

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  33. Hi Madam
    I am vel. 27 yrs old.. I heard athimathuram is the remedy for premature greying of hair and it reverses grey hair.. Is tis true?? How to use.. Please reply

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    1. Yes, athimadhuram has always been used for treating scalp problems including grey hair though I don't know how effective it is for treating premature greying. But to use for scalp, you can mix 1 part henna powder, 1/2 part licorice powder and an egg into a paste and use it as a hair mask...

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  34. Hi mam, my frnd is having constipation problem for the past 2years. We have tried to use athimathuram powder with seeragam powder mix (1spone) and panam kalkandu(3/4) in the form of kasayam.. But we did not see any improvement.. Could you please advice how to get over it from this problem..I am eagerly waiting for your reply

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    1. I would suggest trying kadukkai powder (you can read about it in the blog) for constipation, it greatly helps...

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    2. Thanks you so much . will start the kadukkai medicine as per your post.

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  35. Hi Ramya,
    It's really a nice post. I have a doubt regarding this herbs stick.
    I will immerse athimathuram root stick in boiled water for few min and use it as herbal tea.
    whether this stick can be reused ?

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    1. I generally don't reuse the athimadhuram roots. I only take a small piece, pound it well and boil till the color changes that way the the tea is fully infused and I throw the used root away. But if you are only infusing the root, I guess you can reuse it...

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  36. Can kidney patients use athaduram

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    1. For kidney patients, I would suggest taking athimathuram only under medical supervision...

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  37. mother of a 2 year 8 months old baby girl. My baby has been suffering from stomach problems since she was 4 months old. Until she was turned 2 years old, she was having diarrhea with mucus n blood at times since 6 mths baby and gas problem. Every month when she had this we run to doc, get medicines give her n get treated. Her paed advised not to give cows milk, inspite of it she had this problem.I couldnt understand the reason why she had this often nor the doctors could say anything, I had tried giving her fruits and fruit juice but she hadnt taken them until recently. Now also she takes fruit juices, but does not show interest to eat fruits other than banana at times. her paed advised to give her milk after she turned 2.5 years old and i did the same. the girl who didnt give interest to drink milk started drinking herself seeing us drink it.I couldnt understand the reason why she had this often nor the doctors could say anything, I had tried giving her fruits and fruit juice but she hadnt taken them until recently. Now also she takes fruit juices, but does not show interest to eat fruits other than banana at times. her paed advised to give her milk after she turned 2.5 years old and i did the same. the girl who didnt give interest to drink milk started drinking herself seeing us drink it.but again this april she had stomach upset with green loose stools n mucus but not blood. He immediately asked us to stop milk n dairy products. i have been giving her only pediasure after she turned 2 years old.
    In the month of may she was fine, by may end again she had stomach pain and atimes loose stools r constipation. She has been telling her stomach pains before bowels clean. I had a scan done today to rule out if there is any problem but all is normal.
    recently i came to see your wild turmeric site, about licorise. Can you please advise if i can give her this and how often i should give her.
    She hasnt been gaining much weight, now she weighs 11kg only. Next month, I am joining my husband in Chicago, where it snows badly. Can you please advise me on the medicines i can give her now and continue.
    Because I read licorice is good for stomach problems, and for cold. Please advise.

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    1. I would suggest vasambu | sweet flag for her as it treats all the above mentioned problems very very effectively.You can find the method of using it here: vasambu

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  38. hii madam...... can i use athimadhura churnam with a cup of milk? for good hair growth is it true??.......

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    1. Athimadhuram churna is very good for hair growth and can be had along with milk. But don't over consume athimadhuram and don't consume it at a stretch for more than 6 weeks.

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  39. hi sis im mogan from malaysia...i have 2 question ask..
    1)can athimathuram cure presure person?
    2)can we consume athimathuram as tea taken daily??

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    1. Athimadhuram alleviates the blood pressure so it should not be consumed by people with high blood pressure. Athimadhuram can be taken as a tea daily for about a week and not more than that and if you have high blood pressure please don't take athimadhuram tea...

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  40. Hi ramya venkat,

    I want to know, adhimathuram will cure PCOD/PCOS. My girlfriend have abnormal pain during that 5 days. Is it possible to cure by having adhimathuram daily. Can u please clarify it

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    1. Athimadhuram can help PCOS as it reduces serum testosterone levels in females, but athimadhuram should not be had for long duration's of time and should never ever be overdosed...

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  41. hi ur posts are very nice. can we take athimathuram, chithirathai,sukku, milagu,thipili all ground together and taken as kashayam once a week regularly to prevent col n cough.can u please send ur email id

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    1. Yes, you can take the tea with the ingredients you mentioned weekly once or twice....

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  42. How to make licorice root extract mam?

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    1. licorice root extract is just thick licorice root tea made without the palm candy like given above...

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  43. Hi ramya, I am 6 months pregnant, can I take atimadura Churna to relieve cough and phelm

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  44. Hi ramya, i am 6 months pregnant, can I take atimadura choorna for relieve allergic cough and cold.?

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    1. I would suggest not using athimadhuram during pregnancy as it has estrogenic properties. Though in small doses it is ok, I would still be cautious and would suggest to avoid it. You can also read the effect athimadhuram has on pregnant women here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8292392.stm (copy and paste the link)

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  45. Can I use adhimaduram anal fissures , piles constipation?

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    1. Athimadhuram is a laxative but I would suggest not using it for more than a week continuously. I also would kindly suggest other natural herbs like kadukai which can be taken for longer duration's safely and is very effective for constipation....

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  46. Does athimadhuram or licorice work as an anti-depressant?

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  47. Does athimadhuram or licorice work as anti-depressant?

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