1. A demulcent, soothing, coating and protective agent for irritated, inflammed and red mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. In the digestive system it is indicated for mouth and peptic ulcers, dyspepsia and as a natural antacid. With these actions, it may also be used as a topical application for eczema.
2. An expectorant, to help rid phlegm in colds and hayfever symptoms.
3. A wonderful remedy for stress by acting as an adaptogen, helping our adrenals better cope with physical and emotional stress. It is also used as a general tonic for endurance and stamina.
4. Acts as a mild laxative to relieve constipation.
5. Anti-inflammatory properties may ease the pain of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
6. Studies have shown that it helps the liver neutralise toxins and can be beneficial in treating liver disorders such as hepatitis.
7. Recommended by herbalists as a substitute for St. Johns Wort as a treatment for depression. It is reported to significantly ease pre-menstrual tension.
8. Treatment for Polycystic ovarian syndrome. Herbalists combine licorice root with the herb Peony.
9. Anti diabetic – Scientists have discovered that licorice root might also be effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and excess weight. Many clinicians believe that the best treatment for type 2 diabetes is to prevent it before it starts. The group that made the discovery is based at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, Germany. A research team there identified a group of natural substances within licorice root called amorfrutins.
10. Weight loss – A Japanese study showed that licorice reduced body fat mass in overweight individuals. Read on here.
Licorice Root is taken by mouth for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis).
Some people take licorice by mouth for sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses.
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