What it is for and Benefits of Licorice

Licorice is a medicinal plant, also known as Glycyrriza, Parsley, Regaliz, Pau-doce or Raiz-doce, widely used in the treatment of respiratory problems.

Licorice’s scientific name is Glycyrrhiza glabra and can be purchased at health food stores, compounding pharmacies and some street markets.

What is licorice for

Licorice is used to help treat abscesses, bronchitis, phlegm, conjunctivitis, spasms, wounds, boils, gout, constipation, cold and gastric ulcers.

Licorice properties

Licorice’s properties include its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, mucolytic, antitussive, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, diuretic, emollient, laxative and tonic properties.

How to use licorice

The used part of licorice is its root.

  • Licorice tea: put 10 grams of licorice root in 1 liter of water and boil for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and drink 3 cups daily.

Licorice side effects

Side effects of licorice include fluid retention, increased blood pressure, decreased potassium concentration in the body, abdominal pain, headache and difficulty breathing.

Against licorice indications

Licorice is contraindicated for pregnant women, women in the lactation phase and patients with anemia, high blood pressure, glaucoma, heart problems or who use oral contraceptives and hormone replacement drugs.

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