root is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs worldwide and is
the single most used herb in Chinese medicine today. In a recent survey
of Western medical herbalists, licorice ranked as the 10th most
important herb used in clinical practice. An astonishing number Chinese
herbal formulas "over 5,000 in fact" use licorice to sweeten teas and
to "harmonize" contrasting herbs. Its first documented use dates back
the time of the great Chinese herbal master Zhang Zhong Zhing, about
Glycyrrhizin, complex immune-stimulant sugars.
The root - dried, cut and sifted
Teas, tinctures, and in encapsulations.
most common use of licorice world-wide is to treat coughs and colds.
Licorice is especially useful for treating coughs with sticky phlegm,
or for treating colds that accompany stomach upset. Chinese medicine
also uses licorice to treat various forms of chronic fatigue. Gastric
and duodenal ulcers and canker sores can be treated with the herb or
with its common derivative, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). If you
use DGL, however, you must remember to chew the capsules or they will
not work. Saliva activates DGL.
use licorice if you have high blood pressure, and don't use licorice if
you eat a meat and potatoes diet. Your body needs potassium from fruit
and vegetables to compensate for the excretion of potassium stimulated
by licorice. If you use steroids or an asthma inhaler, licorice will
increase both the effectiveness of the drug and the severity of its
side effects. Its long term use is not recommended, and it is not
recommended for use by pregnant women. May cause stomach upset if taken
in large quantities.
For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 18 March, 2010.