Licorice is a woody-stemmed perennial botanical. It can grow to heights of six feet, with dark oval leaves and flowers that range in color from cream to mauve. Licorice grows wild in Southwest Asia and bordering Southeast Europe. It is also cultivated for various commercial uses all over the world. When the plant reaches three to four years of age, the roots are harvested and divided. The harvested sources make their way to commercial production, while the divided remains are once again planted for continued cultivation. [1]

Licorice is one of the most widely used botanical medicines today. It is also well known for its use in the confectionary business, due to its sweetening ability. Licorice is believed to be 50 times sweeter than sugar and can be found in a wide variety of popular candies and chews. This sweetening ability also makes it a welcome addition to many herbal preparations.

Licorice has a vast history. Its origins date back to ancient Egyptian and Greek civilizations. In fact, its nickname is derived from the Greek word Glycyrrhiza, meaning ‘sweet root.' [2] Licorice has also been well received by many traditional societies as a healing herb; including Chinese, Kampo (Japanese), and Ayurvedic medicine. Traditional uses for licorice include; cough, consumption (tuberculosis), bronchitis, asthma, canker sores, irritated mucous membranes, digestive ailments, relaxant, constipation, and as a general tonic, used to tonify the life energy.

In the 1950-1960's licorice gained notoriety for its use in peptic ulcer disease. It was well researched and results confirmed that licorice could actually assist in the healing of peptic ulcers. A pharmaceutical drug, carbenoxolone, was manufactured based on licorice's efficacy and widely used to treat ulcers. However, the widespread use of licorice in the non-traditional dosages found in this drug resulted in an increased number of patient reported side effects. These adverse reactions were thought to be caused by naturally-occurring compounds found in licorice root; namely glycyrrhizin.

To combat the side effects of glycyrrhizin, a new herbal preparation was developed without the inclusion of this harmful component, called Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). This drug could be safely used to treat peptic ulcers, without the side effects caused by glycyrrhizin.

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$1.79 28 Acne
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$1.33 30 Acneticin Acne


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