Article by Dr Raghuram
Licorice milk is very easy to prepare remedy for gastritis. It is explained in Ayurveda As Yastimadhu Ksheerapaka. Kseerapaka is a formulation prepared using milk (ksheera). The herb is processed (paka) in the milk and the resultant preparation is called Kseerapaka.
Ingredients of licorice milk remedy:
- Yastimadu – Coarse powder of Liquorice – 3 grams
- Ksheera (Milk) – 25ml
- Jala (Water) – 100ml
Method of preparation
How to prepare?
In this context we shall discuss the quantity of Ksheerapaka to be prepared, enough for single dose consumption.
- Coarse powder of Glycyrrhiza glabra bark is taken in the quantity of 3 grams ( approximately half a teaspoon) in a vessel
- To this, milk is added in a quantity of 25 ml or approximately 8 times the quantity of Yashtimadhu churna (powder)
- Now water is added in a quantity of 100 ml i.e. approximately 32 times the quantity of Yashtimadhu powder (or 4 times the quantity of Milk). Before adding water to the vessel roughly note down the level of milk
- Now the vessel with the required ingredients is kept on a stove and processed in moderate heat.
- The contents are heated until only the milk remains. This means to tell that the process is carried on until all the water which has been added at the beginning of the preparation evaporates leaving behind the milk which we had taken i.e. 100ml of water evaporates during this processing and finally 25 ml of milk remains
- This procedure enables the medicinal qualities of Yashtimadhu to get imbibed into the milk. This also reduces the irritating and nauseating property of Yashtimadhu and enables easy consumption of the medicament
- Next the contents are filtered to separate the coarse powder of Yashtimadhu from the milk
- The resultant milk is consumed hot or warm
- This preparation is called Yashtimadhu Ksheerapaka
- 25ml in the morning (depends on the severity) – should be decided by the doctor.
- In children below 12 years of age, 5 – 10 ml, once or twice a day is the dose.
- In conditions of Gastritis and Stomach related ailments it is preferred to be consumed before food. This formulation can also be given after food. The decision should be taken by a qualified Ayurvedic physician after thoroughly examining the disease and the diseased.
How long to take?
It can be taken safely for a period of 2 – 8 weeks, based on doctor’s advice.
- Every time the preparation shall be made fresh.
- It should neither be preserved nor refrigerated nor reused after a long time following its preparation, because by then it would have lost its medicinal properties.
Benefits of Liquorice milk recipe:
- Useful remedy for Gastritis and other stomach ailments, Reduces stomach acid levels, Prevents ulcer formation
- Heals Gastric Erosions and Peptic Ulcers (Gastric and Duodenal ulcers)
Research studies have shown that the chemicals in Liquorice decreases swelling of the mucous membrane in inflammatory stomach conditions (and in lung congestions), thins down mucus secretions and increases chemicals in our body that heal ulcers. It is also useful in relieving H Pylori infection.
- Aids digestion, cures indigestion
- Good remedy for GERD / Reflex oesophagitis / Acid Reflex / Heartburn
- Relieves spasm of digestive tract and thus relieves colic / tummy pain
- Heals Liver damages, It enhances bile flow, aids digestion, decreases cholesterol levels
- It acts as a nutrient and helps in lowering stress
- Milk and Liquorice – both are good rejuvenators and geriatric medicines, the compound is even more wholesome
Mode of action
Probable mode of action in healing Gastric ailments – An Ayurvedic perspective:
Milk is said to be a Nitya-Rasayana (Rejuvenator which can be consumed on a daily basis) and Yashtimadhu is of course a good Rasayana.
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Rasayana means that which is highly beneficial for all the tissues in the body, the mind and senses, provides good health and immunity apart from healing and curing the diseases. Thus Yashtimadhu Ksheerapaka provides a double dose of Rasayana.
Being a rejuvenator the combination also covers the healing process in the entire body (and mind) but since we are discussing the role of Ksheerapaka in Gastric ailments and digestive disorders we will just have a look at the probable mode of action of Yashtimadhu Ksheerapaka in the mentioned conditions.
Yashtimadhu – Glycyrrhiza glabra is a known Rasayana herb of Ayurveda, used since the time of Charaka and Sushruta.
Milk has taken the properties and qualities of Yashtimadhu after the processing and it will be Yashtimadhu which will be predominantly acting in these conditions. Milk is a media and a conveyor of medicinal properties of Yashtimadhu to the cells. Also the processing with milk nullifies the irritant and nauseating nature of Yashtimadhu.
The stomach and its functions are predominantly monitored by Pachaka Pitta, Kledaka Kapha and Samana Vayu. Though they will get help from other sub-types of Doshas it would be irrelevant to discuss that in this context. When the mentioned sub-types of Doshas are in equilibrium the activities pertaining to digestion take place in an undisturbed way.
The imbalance between these sub-types of Doshas, especially the hyperactivity of Pachaka Pitta supported by disturbed Samana Vayu will lead to production of excessive Pitta (acids?) which in due course of time will damage the Shleshmadhara Kala (Gastric mucosa) of the stomach causing inflammation in its layers. The local Kapha which acts as a buffer or protective layer in the stomach is thus imbalanced. This inflammation in due course of time will lead to conditions like Ajeerna (indigestion), Amlapitta (Gastritis, GERD etc) etc.
In the later stages this excess Pitta will further damage and burn the Shleshmadhara Kala and Mamsadhara Kala (Gastric musculature) leading to Gastric erosions and ulcers (Annadrava Shoola and Parinama Shoola). This condition is a painful one. The pain is associated with nausea, hyperacidity, sour belching, heartburn, vomiting and many other symptoms.
Yashtimadhu Ksheerapaka by the virtue of its properties like Madhura Rasa and Vipaka, Sheeta Guna, Snigdha Guru Gunas will buffer the excess Pitta and balance it. This happens due to the antagonistic action of Yashtimadhu Ksheerapaka on Pitta and Vata – which are the prime culprits in the causation of Gastric ailments.
The medicine also helps in healing the erosions and ulcers, prevents excess acid formation and being a mild laxative owing to its Snigdha and Guru Gunas will flush the excess Pitta out of the stomach and intestines. It also corrects the metabolism and aids in proper digestion and absorption of food. This further energies the cells and restores strength and immunity of the body. The medicine also allows the recovery of gastric mucosa and musculature in quick time.
There are no known side effects with this remedy.
However, people with high blood pressure should seek medical advice before taking it.
It is best to avoid this during pregnancy.
Dr Raghuram Y.S.MD (Ay).
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