Botanical: Glycyrrhiza glabra (LINN.) and Other Species
Family: N.O. Leguminosae
---Synonyms---Liquiritia officinalis. Lycorys (thirteenth
(Welsh) Lacris, (French) Reglisse, (German) Lacrisse,
Licorice is the subject of two German Commission E
therapeutic monographs, which find it effective for conditions “of the
upper respiratory tract.”
The American Botanical Council provided a summary article,
confirming the effectiveness of Licorice for a variety of conditions.
“Licorice is known to exhibit many pharmacological activities. Its
traditional uses include sore throat, abdominal pain, among others.”
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
in his book,
The Scientific Validation of Herbal
Medicine, repeatedly discussed Licorice as effective for “respiratory
ailments, skin conditions, as a female tonic, blood purification and
detoxification, circulation, fatigue, weight loss, environmental related
conditions, thyroid, whole body and mental alertness”.
Feather Jones, a
clinical herbalist, in her book,
Medicinal Herb Handbook, describes Licorice
as having “a soothing influence upon gastric mucosa, an excellent remedy
for peptic and duodenal ulcerations. Used for adrenal exhaustion as a
strengthener to that organ’s system”
describes Licorice; “Cleanses the colon, promotes adrenal glad function,
decreases spasms, and increases fluidity of mucus from the lungs and
bronchial tubes. Studies show Licorice root stimulates the production of
FDA has permitted claims that Licorice provides “soothing
benefits for the stomach, digestive tract, and as an
“botanical support for gastrointestinal, liver and respiratory function”;
a “digestive herb which benefits and soothes the stomach”; and “scientific
research indicates its soothing benefits for the stomach, digestive tract,
and as an antioxidant.”
More about Licorice by
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
References on Licorice Root. (Glycyrrhiza L)
Immune system, musculo-skeletal system,
female system, whole body system
Daniel Mowrey, PhD. Herbal Tonic Therapies
Blood salts, immune system, kidneys, liver
protecting, lungs, mucous membranes, spleen, stomach, intestinal, stress,
Daniel Mowrey, PhD. Herbal Tonic Therapies.
Although many know this herb for its
flavoring in candy, licorice contains many health benefits. Ancient
cultures on every continent have used licorice. The first recorded use was
by the Egyptians in the 3rd century BC. The Egyptians and the Greeks
recognized the herbs. Licorice is the second most prescribed herb in China
followed by ginseng and is suggested for treatment of the spleen, liver
Herbal Information Center, Message Board, General Store 1998.
Liquorice a popular and well known. It is
much used in China and largely produced a variety of preparations being
employed, not only as possessing tonic, but also for the rejuvenating and
highly nutritive qualities attributed to it.
Mrs. Grieves, A Modern Herbal, Botanical.com.
Liquorice is a traditional herbal product
with an ancient history and worldwide usage. Modern research has shown it
to have effects upon, among other organs, the endocrine system and liver.
Health World Online, David L. Hoffman, M. N. I. M. H.