2018, Vol. 2 Issue 3, Part APages: 16-19
Asl-us-Sus (Glycyrrhiza glabra L.), a great munzij-i-balgham (concotive of phlegm) drug of Unani system of medicine: A review
Sajad Salim, Mohd Afsahul Kalam, Aamir Yusuf, Suheena Khanday, Saba Shafi and Iqbal Mohammad
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Asl-us-Sus is an incredible leguminous herb belongs to the family Fabaceae, which comprises of the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra L. The plant is found world widely. It is commonly known as Mulethi, and Asl-us-Sus and well known for its munzij-i-balgham (concotive of phlegm) property which makes it useful to evacuate morbid matters produced due to excess or putrefaction of phlegm and which causes so many diseases in human body like, epilepsy, hemiplegia, facial palsy, nightmare, anxiety, sore throat, acute hoarseness of voice, uvulitis, asthma, bronchitis, dry cough, burning micturition, gonorrhea etc. These actions may be attributed due to the chemical compounds have been isolated from the plant, mainly coumarins, flavonoids, terpenoids, volatile oils and amino acids etc. Many research works have been done for its pharmacological effects which validate the concept of humours, diseases occurs due to the imbalance of humours and treatment of the diseases by evacuating the morbid humour from the body using Unani herbs. This review gives an account of the current knowledge on the morphology, phytochemistry, and pharmacological aspects along with its action and uses in the perspective of Unani Medicine.