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      Benefits of Licorice root  - Glycyrrhiza glabra

      Licorice root information

      Licorice is used by herbal practitioners as an adrenal tonic, anti-inflammatory, soothing expectorant, digestive complaints and mild laxative.

      Licorice can be used for:

      Gastric and duodenal ulcers

      Adrenal exhaustion

      Withdrawal from steroid drugs (only when supervised by a qualified herbalist in conjunction with GP)

      Rheumatoid arthritis


      Sore throats

      Coughs, bronchitis and catarrh

      For sweetening children’smedicines


      High blood pressure – licorice has been known to cause high blood pressure, sodium and water retention. 

      Cholestatic liver disorders, liver cirrhosis, hepatic disease, hypokalemia, sever kidney insufficiency and pregnancy.

      Licorice may potentiate the the pharmacologic effects of prednisolone and other corticosteroid drugs. Do not take concomitantly with digoxin, diuretics or laxatives.

      Avoid if elderly or suffering from cardiac disease.

      Active compounds

      Glycyrrhizin, flavonoids, triterpenoid saponins, sterols, starch, coumarins

      What herbal practitioners say about Licorice

      Licorice is very commonly used by herbal practitioners.  It is sweet, nourishing and harmonising.  The triterpenoid saponins have a very similar structure to the human hormones and therefore have an effect on the endocrine system, especially in the treatment of adrenal exhaustion and problems involving the female reproductive system, e.g. polycystic ovary syndrome, where it is often combined with white peony.  Licorice nourishes and revitalizes the adrenals.  Due to the soothing expectorant properties of licorice, it is often used in the treatment of sore throats, catarrh, bronchial problems and coughs in general.  It is widely used in the treatment of gastric conditions, such as ulcers or gastritis, as it soothes the mucous membranes, and also to relieve constipation or colic.  Licorice is also anti-inflammatory so can be used in a wide range of situations such as rheumatoid arthritis.

      Tincture dose

      Adult dose 2 – 5mls 3 x a day of a 1:3 tincture

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Licorice is used in the treatment of coughs and catarrh

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