Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a yellow root that is one of the main ingredients in Chinese medicine. It is described in Shao-Han-Lun (established during the later
Han Dynasty, in China) that Licorice
- harmonizes all drugs and detoxifies the adverse effects of herbs,
- is used as a flavoring agent to mollify various drugs and to treat coughs and sore throat,
- works synergetically with other drugs, and
- has a liver detoxifying action.
Two compounds in licorice, licoricidin and licorisoflavan A, were found in a study to be very effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria that caused cavities and gum disease. (see Reference)
Licorice is a potent liver cleanser and a tonic for the stomach. It is a very valuable remedy in treating Hepatitis C, GERD, eczema, colds and coughs. It is a natural stimulant of the body’s own natural cortisone, which makes it beneficial in treating infections as well as allergies. It is, however, contraindicated in those who have high blood pressure.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is used as a remedy for peptic ulcers and oral canker sores. (see Reference)
Recipe for licorice tea by Dr. Sarkissian
Ingredients: 7-10 slices of actual licorice root, half a teaspoon of fennel seeds, 5 pods of cardamom (crushed) and a small slice of ginger root, 2-3 leaves of sage.
Simmer the above except the sage in a pot of water over a light flame for 10 minutes. Add the sage, cover and let steep for another 20 minutes. Drink throughout the day. Add organic honey to taste, unless diabetic or treating gum disease (we don’t want more sugar bathing plaque.) Useful for stomach upsets, detox, for colds, and for mouth ailments.