Licorice is an herb scientifically referred to as Glycyrrhiza Glabra. It is also
commonly known as Chinese Licorice, Gan Cao, Kan-Ts'ao, Kuo-Lao, Licorice Root, Ling-T'ung,
Liquorice, Mei-Ts'ao, Mi-Kan, Mi-Ts'ao, Sweet Licorice, Sweet Wood and Yashtimadhu.
Licorice was said to have originated in the Mediterranean region. Ancient natives
who discovered Licorice thought that it was simply a flavoring, as it ads up sweet
taste in their food preparations.
Interestingly, it was in Greece where its therapeutic properties were put in tests
and use. Licorice was made to treat sick Greeks from ailments like lung cancer, asthma
and dry cough.
Even ancient China has recognized the therapeutic prowess of Licorice, as reflected
in many ancient writings where it was used as an essential component of many other
Chinese medicines used by a number of dynasties that time.
It has remained an indispensable herb that forms part of the preparation and mixture
of many Chinese medicines today.
Apparently referring to just the plant?s roots, Licorice?s roots are of optimal use
and importance. In fact, the essential herb containing properties beneficial to mankind
have in fact been stored and limited to the portion of the plant hidden beneath the
Licorice does not actually represent the entire plant. It is just a part of it. In
fact, Licorice is no more than its roots as per available sources in the web.
Licorice has that distinctly sweet flavor for which it was often mistaken as a flavoring.
It has properties aptly described as phytoestrogen, anti-perspirant, anti-tussive
and detoxifying agent among others. The sweet flavor generated by licorice is also
used by some to create a sweet smell in the mouth, and freshens up breath too.
Its use however will have to be regulated. Frequent and excessive use of licorice
may result in hypertension, lower our potassium level, and cause water retention.
People with hypertension, kidney disorder, diabetes and heart-related ailments are
not advised into taking licorice.
Licorice, widely considered as a medicinal herb, is used in the treatment of anxiety,
bronchitis, yeast infections, chronic fatigue, colds, congestion problems (chest
and sinus), indigestion, lung cancer, menopausal syndromes, psoriasis, sore throat
and laryngitis among many other ailments.
Its cleansing component likewise makes it ideal for colon cleansing - thus preventing
colon cancer. Colon cancers can hardly be detected. In many documented cases, patients
with colon cancer only get to know they already have one upon reaching the terminal
stage, as colon cancer shows very little symptoms.