Licorice

Licorice

Common name Licorice

Latin name Glycyrrhiza glaba

Parts used Bark, Root, Stems, Stolon


System affinities

Licorice is particularly sympathetic to the digestive system but finds applications in the respiratory, nervous, immune, and reproductive systems as well.


Energetics/characteristics/dosha

Energetically Licorice is moistening.  It is anti inflammatory, demulcent, adaptogenic and rejuvenative.  It is a nervine tonic, reproductive tonic, antitussive and antiarthritic. It is indicated for the vata and pita doshas.


Taste/Quality

Licorice is sweet and pungent


Indications

Licorice is frequently used to combat heartburn and indigestion.  It aids against ulcers and inflamed bowel issues.  It is also used in cases of nervous exhaustion and adrenal fatigue. 

As it is a demulcent it reduces irritation and inflammation, particularly in the respiratory tract.  It is also anti-allergenic.  It aids the immune system by being antiviral itself.

It is also used in applications involving estrogen modulation.


Warnings/contraindications

Avoid prolonged use and large doses.  Avoid during pregnancy. May decrease potassium levels.


History/lore

 To the Egyptians the sweet tasting Licorice root was a cure-all, much in the same manner that Chinese relate to Ginseng. 


Habitat

The licorice root is native to Southeastern Europe and cultivated in most of Europe. It prefers the open, dry areas with rich soil. It was first harvested from the wild until it was cultivated one thousand years ago.




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