Description. Nowadays the interest of scientists and herbalists in licorice is constantly growing. In China this plant is considered to be as important as Ginseng. Licorice properties are anti-fever, analgesic, expectorant, mild diuretic, anti-inflammatory and wound healing. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses licorice to treat problems from tuberculosis to diabetes. Research has shown that licorice flavonoids can kill the bacteria that cause stomach inflammation and ulcers. In fact, health care practitioners in Europe and Japan often prescribe licorice for stomach ulcers. Licorice was used historically for skin and coughs. Use. It is also used to treat constipation, bronchitis, inflammation, and arthritis. Respiratory mucus production is also increased by substances of licorice. This increase helps the mucus to lose stickiness and leave the body more easily. Licorice can also rid lungs of mucus and is used to treat problems such as bronchitis and to relieve coughing and sore throats. Licorice extract, is used for a skin pigmentation disorder called melasma. A recent human study found that a preparation of licorice may reduce body fat. Human studies have also found that licorice supplements may act as a "phytoestrogen" in the body, meaning licorice may have effects like that of estrogen. It was found that licorice decreased symptoms of PMS and menopause, including mild depression. Recent laboratory studies found that licorice may also improve memory and cognition.
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