Root: Glycyrrhiza glabra
By Kali Simmonds
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root is one of the most versatile herbs, and is probably my favorite
herb for both practical and personal reasons. It comes in many
forms and varying concentrations, including tea, candy (beware
of imitations which contain anise instead of licorice root), capsule,
chewable tablet, tincture, fluid extract, and solid extract. Teas
are generally the weakest form of a herbal preparation, and solid
extracts are the strongest.
of Licorice Root:
Adrenal tonic - the adrenal glands produce cortisol, sex hormones,
and adrenaline, and are often appropriately referred to as the
"stress" glands. By boosting the adrenal glands, you
increase energy, resistance to infection and inflammation, and
improve hormone production (menopause, infertility, libido enhancer,
etc...). Its' anti-inflammatory action makes it useful in any
condition where inflammation is a problem including arthritis,
eczema, asthma, fibromyalgia, acute injury, infections, etc..
- studies and clinical evidence suggest that it is particularly
effective against the herpes family of viruses, including: herpes
1 (cold sores) and II (genital herpes), Epstein-Barr (mononucleosis),
varicella (chicken pox), and zoster (shingles). In certain studies,
it was shown to kill Herpes I & II, so there were no reoccurrences.
and ulceration of the Digestive Tract - including peptic (works
against H. pylori) and duodenal ulcers, fissures, hemorrhoids,
Crohn's and Colitis.
Anyone with high blood pressure should not use licorice root.
Also, anyone on a diuretic should be under supervision if taking
licorice, due to potassium loss. Deglycirrhized licorice (DGL)
does not affect blood pressure, and can be used for healing in
the digestive tract. However, it seems to lack the anti-inflammatory
effect exerted by glycirrhizin. Unsupervised use of licorice root
should be discontinued after 6 weeks for 2 weeks before continuing
and potassium rich foods such as avocado, apricots, potato, cantaloupe
and bananas should be consumed daily.
Simmonds (902-894-3868) is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, who
practices in Charlottetown, PEI.
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