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  • Writer's pictureLaura Hunter


Today in the spotlight is LICORICE root – a traditional herb used by many cultures around the world. This herb is near and dear to the heart of my family. My husband suffered from ACID REFLUX for a number of years taking various antacids to help him through. Several years ago, a natural practitioner recommended he try licorice as an alternative. We now keep licorice in the house all the time and licorice tea is a regular go-to!

The multitude of pharmacological effects of licorice rhizome and roots are practically all attributed to the presence of a triterpene saponin called glycyrrhizin, which is about fifty times sweeter than sugar, and has a cortisone-like effect. Licorice is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) combinations to balance the other herbs and to promote vitality. In TCM licorice root is referred to as the "The Great Detoxifier."

Licorice root is traditionally used in herbal medicine as an expectorant to help relieve CHEST complaints, such as catarrhs, coughs and bronchitis. It is also used to help relieve inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, such as GASTRITIS in adults.

There are many different ways to take licorice. You can suck on candies (make sure they are high quality and contain real licorice root) or sip on licorice tea. Don’t care for the taste of licorice? These licorice capsules from Nature’s Sunshine are a great alternative.


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