Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Native to southeast Europe and southwest Asia, licorice grows wild throughout many European nations and the Middle East. 1 Only its roots – fresh or dried – are used medicinally. It is most often used to treat mucous membrane inflammation and to soothe coughs. 2
What it is used for: Licorice has anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, expectorant, antiplatelet, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. 3 Licorice has a long history of successful use in the treatment of gastric ulcers. 4 It may also be effective for a variety of infectious diseases. Modern uses of licorice include using it as a component in cold and flu remedies, for bronchitis, and in the treatment of hormonal issues, such as menopause and PMS. 5
Research Highlights: The two main constituents of licorice are glycyrrhizin and flavanoids. A preliminary trial found that chewable licorice tablets containing glycyrrhizin were just as effective at healing and maintaining stomach ulcers as a leading acid-blocking drug. 6 Research also indicates that deglycyrrhizinated licorice may stimulate natural defense mechanisms that prevent the occurrence of ulcers by increasing the number of mucous-secreting cells in the digestive tract, thereby improving the quality of mucous, lengthening the intestinal cell life, and enhancing microcirculation in the gastrointestinal lining. 7
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1. The Complete Guide to Natural Healing. (2000). International Masters Publishers, AB., 1:140.
3. PDR For Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. (2004). Thompson PDR, pg. 511.
7. Balch, P. & Balch, J. (2000). Prescription for Nutritional Healing , 3rd ed., Avery Publishing, pg. 102.