Licorice is an herb that grows in the Mediterranean and throughout Asia, and is actually sweeter than sugar, with zero calories. In Chinese medicine it is combined with other herbs to harmonise the ingredients and yield a potent mixture. It is the world’s most widely used herbal remedy, and this is because it helps such a wide range of different ailments.
Licorice is often used in bronchitis and cough remedies to soothe sore throats. It is expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and directly antiviral. Liquorice root has a sweet taste, but it’s very healthy for you. You can eat liquorice in dried and powered forms.
The Benefits And Uses Of Licorice Root
Relieves pain and stress
It has an aspirin-like action and is helpful in relieving fevers and soothing pain such as headaches. Its anti-allergenic effect is very useful for hay fever, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma. Possibly by its action on the adrenal glands, licorice has the ability to improve resistance to stress.
Licorice extracts possess anti-inflammatory properties and have been proven to be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Research has indicated that licorice may be beneficial in reducing the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and for providing relief from pain and swelling.
Licorice possesses chemo preventive effects and is also valuable in the management of different types of cancer. Research has shown the anti-proliferative effects of licorice roots in restricting the development of human breast cancer cells.
Licorice root can be used as an expectorant and cough remedy. Drinking licorice root tea thrice daily can help cure cough, asthma, and congestion. Licorice root has anti-inflammatory properties that will help loosen and release mucus, and will make the air passages wider so that oxygen can flow more freely. It also has a soothing effect to calm lungs.
The anti-viral properties of the licorice root will help in suppressing the re-occurrence and progression of cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Herbalists use licorice root supplements as remedies for herpes, cold sores, and shingles.
Licorice extracts can also be great at avoiding obesity. The anti-obesity action of licorice flavonoid oil suggested a substantial decrease in the existence of abdominal adipose tissues as well as triglycerides levels of the body.
Taking Licorice stimulates the immune system by elevating interferon levels, which stimulates SOD (superoxide dismutase) to produce natural hydrogen peroxide. This ‘supercharges’ white blood cells and hormones to fight off infection.
Licorice root can help treat depression by allowing normal function of the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland controls stress and hormones. Low stress hormonal levels are responsible for symptoms like depression and fatigue. So taking liquorice extract at least one time a day can be beneficial for treating depression.
The problem of constipation may be treatable through the use of licorice root. The herb has got laxative qualities. It heals the intestine as well as softens the stools, that really help in effortless bowel motions. It is important for the treatment of constipation in kids.
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