Product No. P12063

Liquorice root is a shrub that grows in subtropical climates. It has been used medicinally for more than 3000 years for its medicinal properties, and is often called 'The Grandfather of Herbs'.

The major active ingredient is glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for its sweet taste - 50 times sweeter than sugar. It also contains a chemical called glycyrrhetinic that has cough suppressant properties. It is anti-inflammatory and antiallergic, and therefore commonly used for the treatment of asthma. Liquorice also has demulcent (soothing and coating) properties, and is an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It helps to soothe irritation and inflammation.

It is also used in modern medicine to help:

  • Reduce stomach acid and alleviate abdominal distension, nausea and vomiting
  • Relax muscle activity
  • Relieve insomnia
  • Improve estrogen metabolism and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Topically, liquorice can be used for the treatment of eczema, contact and allergic dermatitis, and psoriasis.

It is not recommended that liquorice be taken in large doses over a long period of time, as this may result in hypokalaemia, hypertension and oedema.

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