Anti-viral, anti-inflammatory can be used to support ulcers, coughs, stress, bronchitis and much more.
Licorice is considered by many to be one of the most important and versatile herbal medicines in the world. The roots and underground stem, or rhizomes, play an important part in both Western and Asian medicine, both for their healing effects and because the distinctive sweetness and taste is effective in masking the unpleasant flavour of other ingredients.
Compared to most other herbal medicines, licorice has been extensively researched. A specific extract of licorice called deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL, has been shown to be as effective as some pharmaceutical agents in treating peptic ulcer disease. In addition, constituents of licorice have been shown to have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective properties.
Licorice is also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat fatigue and stress. While scientific research supporting this use is limited, glycyrrhizin has been shown to strengthen the effects of the adrenal glands, which is important in dealing with stress. Licorice is also used to treat coughs with mucous and bronchitis.
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