Liquorice Root – Glycyrrhiza glabra
The word liquorice derives from the Greek glukurrhiza meaning sweet root.
It has been used since at least 500 BC and drugs based on liquorice extracts are still listed in official pharmacopoeia as remedies for gastric ulcers and inflammation. The Greeks called liquorice “Sythian root” and used it for asthma and coughs, while in traditional Chinese herbalism it is called the “great detoxifier” or “great harmoniser” and is believed to drive toxins and poisons from the system and also eliminate harmful side effects of other herbs.
The variety of liquorice used in Western herbal traditions is G. glabra: it originates in the Mediterranean region and Middle East and has been cultivated in Europe since at least the 16th century. The Chinese use an Asian species, G. uralensis (Gan Cao), which has similar actions. It is regarded as one of the most important of Chinese tonics – often called “the grandfather of herbs”.
- Digestive stimulant
- Chronic fatigue
- Colds and flu, coughs
- Viral infections
- Liver problems
- Sore throat
- Yeast infections