Botanical Name – Glycyrrhiza uralensis
Chinese Name – GAN CAO
English Name – Chinese Liquorice Root
Glycyrrhiza uralensis, also known as Chinese liquorice, is a flowering plant native to Asia. It is used as a sweetener and in traditional Chinese medicine. It is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs. It is considered to be second in importance only to Panax Ginseng.
Liquorice root is most commonly produced in the Shanxi, Gansu and Xinjiang regions of China. It is most commonly found growing in Meadows, riparian woodlands and solonetzic slopes in Siberia, Mongolia, China and Japan.
Used in excess, it can cause cardiac dysfunction and severe hypertension.
The root contains glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Detoxifying – Liquorice root is great for de-toxifying the body. It can remove over twelve hundred toxins.
Expectorant – The root is best known for its expectorant and demulcent activity. It is beneficial for treating cold, flu and sore throat and any illness caused by virus or bacteria due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Immunostimulant – This Chinese herb can also enhance the immune system by naturally boosting interferon levels. Interferon is a chemical that fights viruses. It’s Glycyrrhizinic acid content also stops the growth of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Stomachic – Chinese Liquorice root has been widely used in China for the treatment of ulcers. It possesses the ability to lower acid levels in the stomach, relieve indigestion and heartburn. It is also has mild laxative effects. It is good for relieving inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract. It also helps the liver by increasing the flow of bile.
Topical Uses – Externally, it is used to treat acne, boils and sore throats. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can assist in treatments for fungal infections like athlete’s foot and skin conditions such as rash, eczema and shingles and psoriasis.
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