The licorice root contains anti-inflammatory compounds and is widely used as a remedy for relief from inflammation, for repair and healing of the skin in eczema and dermatitis, and the mucose linings of the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.Licorice is used for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis) and respiratory problems, sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses. Licorice is believed to be of benefit in chronic inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Recommended dose for peptic ulcers: 250mg to 500mg four to eight times a day, on an empty stomach, between meals
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL, is made from licorice from which glycyrrhizin, has been removed. Glycyrrhizin is believed to be the main cause for some of the adverse effects of long term licorice intake, such as rise in blood pressure and hormonal imbalance.
Licorice supports the function of the adrenal glands and is often recommended in Chronic Fatigue Syndrom(CFS) and after long term treatment with steroids, as these drugss tend to suppress the activity of the adrenal glands. For this purpose, Licorice may be combined with other adaptogenic herbs, sich as Panax ginseng and bupleurum and used as adrenal tonic.
Licorice treatment is contraindicated in high blood pressure and chronic kidney and liver disease.