Accession Number: pdtdbp00049

Details of the Plant

Plant Name : Liquorice
Alternative Names : Licorice, Athimathuram, Radix Glycyrrhizae, Sweet Root, அதிமதுரம்
Scientific Name : Glycyrrhiza glabra
Medicinal Parts : Root
Plant Category : Herb
2° Metabolites (11/33) :
Choline, Betaine, para-Aminobenzoic acid, Asparagine, Glycyrmarin, Chalcone, Coumarin, Estrogenic substances, Liquiritigetol, Glucose, Glycyrrhizin, Glycyrrhizinic acid, Gums, Inositol, Lecithin, β-Sitosterol, Pantothenic acid, Pentacyclic terpenes, Phosphorous, Starch, Sucrose, Sugar, Tannins, Triterpenoid glycosides, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9, Vitamin E, Volatile oil, Wax, Yellow dye
Phytochemical IDs : pdtdbl00042, pdtdbl00027, pdtdbl00011, pdtdbl00082, pdtdbl00064, pdtdbl00008, pdtdbl00009, pdtdbl00010, pdtdbl00012, pdtdbl00013, pdtdbl00017
Plant Description :

Licorice is used for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis).

Some people use licorice for sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses.

Licorice is also used for osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), liver disorders, malaria, tuberculosis, food poisoning, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Licorice is sometimes used along with the herbs Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum to improve the function of the adrenal glands, especially in people who have taken steroid drugs long-term. Steroids tend to suppress the activity of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands produce important hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress.

Licorice is also used in an herbal form called Shakuyaku-kanzo-to to increase fertility in women with a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome. In combination with other herbs, licorice is also used to treat prostate cancer and the skin disorder known as eczema.

Some people use licorice as a shampoo to reduce oiliness in their hair.

Many “licorice” products manufactured in the U.S. actually don't contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the characteristic smell and taste of “black licorice.”

Caution: A gross overdose of the root can cause oedema, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Do not use during premenstrual syndrome as water retention and bloating occur. If pregnant or have liver cirrhosis use with caution. Avoid using for more than 6 weeks. Excessive quantities may cause headache, sluggishness and potassium depletion.

Plant Keywords : Liquorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Licorice, Athimathuram, Radix Glycyrrhizae, Sweet Root, அதிமதுரம்
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