Glycyrrhiza glabra

COMMON NAME 

Also known as Licorice, Russian licorice, Spanish licorice and Turkish licorice. 

  

INTRODUCTION 

Commonly known as Licorice this herbaceous perennial is used all over the world as a flavoring agent in foods, snacks and medical remedies. The Early Egyptians enjoyed mixing it in their tea as a concoction to cure multiple ailments. It was only when licorice was imported to China that it became popular among the masses. 

Licorice root is used commonly to cure cough since it is rich in chalcones, flavonoids, glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhetinic acid and isoflavonoids. Ayurveda considers Glycyrrhiza glabra to be a powerful tonic which acts as a potent demulcent and expectorant. As an expectorant, licorice eradicates mucous and phlegm from the respiratory tract and as a demulcent, it soothes the throat. 

  

Additionally, licorice works exceptionally well to ease gastrointestinal problems. The presence of anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid speeds the restoration of stomach lining in cases of heartburn, food poisoning and stomach ulcers. This effective herb is also recommended for the treatment of respiratory problems since it promotes the production of healthy phlegm which enables the respiratory system to function optimally without clogging on sticky mucus. Furthermore, taking too much stress can leave the adrenal gland weary due to overproducing cortisol. Licorice can help stimulate a healthy level of cortisol production in the body. 

  

Rich in antibacterial properties, this efficacious herb treats eczema, tooth decay and even eliminates bacteria. Licorice is loaded with antimicrobial activity which can help cure hepatitis C, a virus which directly affects the liver. Furthermore, if you are suffering from baldness or are looking for ways to improve the overall health of your hair, this root is ideal for both since it contains mollifying properties which help open pores in the scalp. This further helps eliminate scalp irritation and redness which is one of the reasons for hair loss.  

  

Amongst numerous benefits, Glycyrrhiza glabra tea is vital for the production of estrogen in the body and can even help those suffering from joint pain.  Since this herb stimulates the body’s release of cortisol, it soothes and reduces the frequency of arthritis pain. 

  

CONSTITUENTS 

Glycyrrhizin, complex immune-stimulant sugars. 

Herbions’ Specification

Scientific Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra

Active:     Glycyrrhizin

Part used: Roots

Assay: NLT 1.5% by HPTLC and 4.0% by HPLC

Biological Activity

Anti-inflammatory, GIT protective agent, sweetening agent.

 

Glycyrrhizin has also demonstrated antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, and blood pressure-increasing effects in vitro and in vivo, as is supported by the finding that intravenous glycyrrhizin (as if it is given orally very little of the original drug makes it into circulation) slows  the Liquorice has also demonstrated efficacy in treating inflammation-induced skin hyperpigmentation. Liquorice may also be useful in preventing neurodegenerative disorders and dental caries.