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
Withdrawal from steroid
drugs (only when supervised by a qualified herbalist in conjunction with GP)
Coughs, bronchitis and catarrh
For sweetening children’smedicines
High blood pressure –
licorice has been known to cause high blood pressure, sodium and water
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.
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.
Adult dose 2 – 5mls 3 x a
day of a 1:3 tincture
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