Licorice Root

LICORICE ROOT - Is used to treat a vast array of illnesses and considered a superior balancing or harmonizing agent and is added to numerous herbal formulas. It is used to soothe coughs and reduce inflammation, soothe and heal ulcers and stomach inflammation, control blood sugar, and balance hormones. Licorice is a great for healing canker sores and cold sores (herpes simplex virus). Licorice is a potent antiviral agent and can be used to treat flu, herpes, and even hepatitis. Licorice is also a strong anti-inflammatory agent and can be used to improve the flavor of other herbs. With all of these uses, it is no wonder that licorice finds it way into many therapies.

Licorice has shown to provide ulcer healing abilities, unlike most popular ulcer medications, such as cimetidine. Licorice does not dramatically reduce stomach acid; rather it reduces the ability of stomach acid to damage stomach lining by encouraging digestive mucosal tissues to protect themselves from the acid. Licorice enhances mucosal protection by increasing the action of mucous-secreting cells, boosting the life of surface intestinal cells, and increasing microcirculation within the gastrointestinal tract. This improves the health of the stomach lining and reduces damage from stomach acid.

The remarkably sweet saponin glycoside glycyrrhizin is what gives licorice its characteristic flavor. (Glycyrrhizin is 30 to 60 times sweeter than sugar). Glycyrrhizin is also an anti-inflammatory, and licorice also has been used to treat inflammations of the lungs, bowels and skin. And it is one of the constituents found to prolong the length of time that corsitol, one of the adrenal hormones that circulates throughout the body. Among other actions, corsitol reduces inflammation. Anything that prolongs the life of corsitol naturally helps to reduce inflammation.


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