Licorice
  Glycyrrhiza Glabra
  Licorice Root, Sweet Wood

Licorice Root hormone precursor replaces cortisone. Induces adrenal cortex to produce larger amounts of cortisone and aldosterone.  Licorice helps body handle the stress, sugar levels to remain normal giving a feeling of well-being.Licorice root has a long history and is known to have been used since at least 500 B.C., and has been called the grandfather of herbs.  Alexander the Great supplied his troops with rations of Licorice sticks, so they could chew on them which alleviated thirst and kept their energy up to help them win battles.  Hippocrates, Theophrastus, and Pliny all referred to Licorice.  It was recommended for soothing throats and slaking thirsts.  The Black Foot Indians used wild Licorice as an infusion to treat earaches; other tribes ate it fresh and used it to treat colds, coughs, and sore throats.  Large quantities of Licorice were found with the fabulous treasures of King Tut and other Egyptian rulers

The Brahmans of India, the Hindus, Greeks, Romans, Babylonians and Chinese all knew of the value of Licorice.  In ancient Greece and Rome, Licorice was employed as a tonic and as a remedy for colds, coughs, and sore throats. The ancient Hindus believed it increased sexual vigor when prepared as a beverage with milk and sugar.  The Chinese maintained that eating the root would give them strength and endurance and you will find it in almost all of their herbal combinations as it was thought to harmonize the action of all other herbs.     

Licorice is known as a hormone precursor that will replace cortisone.  It induces the adrenal cortex to produce larger amounts of cortisone and aldosterone.  Licorice root acts in the body like the cortin hormone and assists in helping the body handle the stress, allowing blood sugar levels to remain normal giving a general feeling of well-being.

Licorice root possesses substantial antiarthritic activity.  Glaycyrrhizinic acid found in Licorice provides its anti-inflammatory effects, which is related to a release of corticoids from the adrenals and can then be helpful for people with arthritis. 

The most common uses of Licorice are for the treatment of coughs and stomach problems.  Licorice soothes and heals the inflamed mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and helps to bring up phlegm.  It strengthens digestion and treats stomach and duodenal ulcers.

Licorice root effects the concentrations of blood salts and stimulates and sustains adrenal function, while protecting the liver.  The use of coffee depletes the adrenal glands; a sign of this depletion is an allergy to citrus fruits and possibly inflamed sinuses.  The herb suggested for this condition is Licorice, the vitamins are pantothenic acid (B-5), A and C, and the minerals are potassium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium. 

Caution:
Excessive use of Licorice can cause sodium retention and potassium depletion possibly leading to hypertension and edema.  Use Licorice root with Potassium if high blood pressure is a problem.    

Sources: 
Little Herb Encyclopedia, by Jack Ritchason; N.D., Woodland Publishing Incorporated, 1995
Nutritional Herbology, by Mark Pedersen, Wendell W. Whitman Company, 1998
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania 1987
Planetary Herbology, Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., Lotus Press, 1988
Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, by James A. Duke, Pub. CRP Second Edition 2007

 

 

 

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