Licorice root is great for de-toxifing the body. It can remove over twelve hundred toxins.
It is mixed into many Chinese herbal formulas to enhance the effects of the other herbs and reduce any bad side effects they may have. Some believe that it can remove intoxication from alcohol and drugs, though no scientific studies have confirmed this.
In China, licorice is knows as “The great detoxifier”.
Licorice is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and antispasmodic in nature. It is probably best known for it’s expectorant and demulcent activity. Licorice, for many years, has been an important ingredient in cough drops and syrup. It’s also beneficial for treating cold, flu and sore throat and any illness caused by virus or bacteria.
This root has so many healing properties it’s hard to list them all. Some others include the treatment of bronchitis, tooth decay, gingivitis, canker sores, ulcers, muscle cramps, enlarged prostate, dandruff, liver conditions, arthritis and many more.
Chinese Licorice root has been widely used in China for the treatment of ulcers. It possesses the ability to lower acid levels in the stomach, relieve indigestion and heartburn. It is also has mild laxative effects. It is good for relieving inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract. It also helps the liver by increasing the flow of bile.
This Chinese herb can also enhance the immune system by naturally boosting interferon levels. Interferon is a chemical that fights viruses. It’s Glycyrrhizinic acid content also stops the growth of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Chinese Licorice should not be confused with licorice from other locations, such as Europe and America. “Glycyrrhiza Uralensis” is the Chinese licorice. Other types of licorice like “Glycyrrhiza glabra” do NOT have the same healing properties discussed here. They do have their own set of healing properties though that you might want to research further.