Glycyrrhiza glabra

Nota de alcance (en)

The glycyrrhizic compound in roots is said to be 50 times sweeter than sugar. Licorice was a medical plant of ancient Greece, and it has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. The plant is widely used and studied in Europe where it is available with the active compound glycrrhizin or as deglycyrrhinized licorice (DGL). Among its many uses is relieving arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Reportedly, it stimulates adrenal gland secretion and slows the breakdown of steroid hormones. Glycyrrhin also boosts levels of interferon, contains powerful antioxidants, is anti-viral, and has some phytoestrogenic actions. DGL promotes the production of mucus in the stomach and esophagus and is used to protect the digestive tract from ulceration by gastric acid. Licorice interferes with several prescription medicines, and chronic ingestion of licorice root causes serious complications. Licorice has not been a popular herbal remedy in the United States, and much of the licorice candy here is flavored with anise instead of with true licorice.
Toxicity:
Licorice interferes with several prescription medicines, and chronic ingestion of licorice root causes serious complications.

Part used::
Rhizomes, Roots

Origin:
Europe, Asia

Nota bibliográfica (en)

Hull, Kathleen; Photog. Hull, Meredith /Indiana Medical History Museum: Guide to the Medicinal Plant Garden./ USA: Indiana Medical History Museum. 2010. -- p. 58.

Glycyrrhiza glabra
Término aceptado: 12-Jun-2019