Nutritional Supplements Library
What is licorice?
Licorice is a botanical, a shrub native to southern Europe and Asia. Licorice grows wild in southern central Europe and Asia. It grows up to 1 meter in height.It is used for its roots and its rhizomes (underground stems).the roots of which have two primary desirable qualities: first, some varieties of licorice root are fifty times sweeter than sugar and may be chewed or eaten as a sweet and making it a useful component of candies and flavorings; second, licorice has been for thousands of years sought after for its reputed medicinal qualities. There are over a dozen varieties of licorice; the roots vary in degrees of sweetness to a sharp almost peppery flavor. Licorice is included in most Chinese herb combinations to balance the other herbs and to promote vitality.
What is the effective dosage of licorice?
The effective dosage is follows;
Dried root: 3 to 5 g three times per day as decoction
Tincture: 2 to 4 ml three times per day
DGL extract: 0.4 to 1.6 g three times per day for peptic ulcer; in chewable tablet form 300 to 400 mg 20 minutes before meals for peptic ulcer
What are the benefits of licorice supplementation?
• Licorice decreasing the production of painful and potentially dangerous stomach acids that leads to many stomach conditions. It very effective in the treatment and prevention of stomach ulcers and other digestive inflammations,
• It has been used with severe respiratory conditions such as bronchitis. It may also be used to soothe a sore throat and to relieve coughing.
• It is used in tooth powder.
• In traditional medicines it is also used in skin conditions.
• It has anti-inflammation effect.
• It may stimulate the liver's production of bile, thereby aiding in the digestive process.
• It is a source of magnesium, silicon and thiamine.
What are the side effects of licorice supplementation?
Licorice supplementation may cause headaches, elevated blood pressure, hypertension, lethargy, upset stomach, diarrhea, facial puffiness, ankle swelling, edema (fluid retention), grogginess, weakness or shortness of breath.
• It is not for children or pregnant or breast feeding women.
• It contains glycyrrhizic acid, which increases the body's retention of sodium and water.
• Licorice should be avoided if there is high blood pressure present, or if there are irregular heartbeats.
• It should not be used on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row as it can affect the body's electrolyte balance, retaining sodium but depleting the body of potassium.