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Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Definition:
Licorice is an extremely sweet herb that possesses significant antiarthritic and anti-inflammatory properties which are linked to the release of corticosteroid from the adrenal glands. Licorice has been used for adrenal insufficiencies and has recently shown its effectiveness in preventing and treating ulcers.

Applications:
Addison's disease, adrenal exhaustion, allergies, arthritis, circulatory insufficiency, colds, coughs, ear infections, fatigue, female complaints, hoarseness, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, immune weakness, liver disease, lung problems, ulcers, and uterine tonic.

Scientific Updates:
Licorice has been the subject of much modern study. It has clearly established its estrogenic activity.130 The glycyrrhizin content of licorice stimulates the productions of hormones such as hydrocortisone which work as efficient anti-inflammatory agents. Studies have shown licorice to also posseses the ability to counter the effects of two tumor-producing agents.132 Licorice has proven anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties.133 The properties of glycyrrhizin contained in licorice stimulate the production of interferon which boosts immunity.

Complementary Agents:
Wild yam, saw palmetto, dong quai, black cohosh, kelp, gotu kola, milk thistle, dandelion, ginger, ginseng, queen of the meadow, sarsaparilla, cramp bark, squaw vine, vitamin E, B-complex, folic acid, calcium/magnesium, potassium and phytonutrients.

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