Licorice Root

Also known as- Glycyrrhiza glabra (and several other species, some dangerous) True Licorice, and Sweet Licorice.


An astonishing number Chinese herbal formulas„over 5,000 in fact„use licorice to sweeten teas and to "harmonize" contrasting herbs. Licorice is one of the most widely used herbs worldwide, used at least since the time of the great Chinese herbal master Zhang Zhong Zhing, about 190 AD.


Glycyrrhizin, complex immune-stimulant sugars.

Parts Used

The root in dried form

Typical Preparations

Teas, tinctures, and in encapsulations. The whole sticks and slices may be chewed straight and are pleasant tasting.


The most common use of licorice world-wide is to treat coughs and colds. Licorice is especially useful for treating coughs with sticky phlegm, or for treating colds that accompany stomach upset. Chinese medicine also uses licorice to treat various forms of chronic fatigue. Gastric and duodenal ulcers and canker sores can be treated with the herb or with its common derivative, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). If you use DGL, however, you must remember to chew the capsules or they will not work. Saliva activates DGL.

Benefits of Licorice Root

  • H​eartburn and acid reflux
  • L​eaky Gut
  • I​mmunity
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Cough/sore throat
  • P​MS/Menopause
  • Pain relief


Don't use licorice if you have high blood pressure, and donÍt use licorice if you eat a meat and potatoes diet. Your body needs potassium from fruit and vegetables to compensate for the excretion of potassium stimulated by licorice. If you use steroids or an asthma inhaler, licorice will increase both the effectiveness of the drug and the severity of its side effects. Its long term use is not recommended, and it is not recommended for use by pregnant women. May cause stomach upset if taken in large quantities.


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