- A mild laxative, licorice tea can relieve constipation.
- Licorice tea has anti-inflammatory properties that may ease the pain of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
- It helps protect the stomach lining and is recommended for use for those who use medications that may damage the mucous membrane in the stomach. Ask your health care provider before taking licorice tea with other medications. It can inhibit the effectiveness of some and may cause an adverse reaction
- Licorice is an expectorant and can be of benefit in treating bronchial disorders.
- Studies have shown that licorice helps the liver neutralise toxins and can be beneficial in treating liver disorders such as hepatitis.
- Licorice tea has anti-spasmodic properties.
- Licorice is often recommended by herbalists as a substitute for St. Johns Wort as a treatment for depression.
- It is reported to significantly ease pre-menstrual tension (PMS).
- Licorice tea is used to treat low blood pressure.
- Licorice is believed to fight the formation of plaque in blood vessels and may help prevent heart disease.
- Extended use of licorice tea can cause a sodium build-up in the body, which can lead to high blood pressure.
- Overuse can lead to mild edema (swelling) in the face and ankles.
- A diuretic and laxative, too much licorice tea can upset normal bowel functions.
Licorice in Traditional MedicineLicorice is part of our world traditional medical history. In addition to being an important herbal remedy in traditional Western medicine, it has been used in both Indian Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
- The Roman legions used licorice to help increase stamina and endurance. They also used it because its water retention properties helped them survive longer without water.
- In Ayurvedic medicine, licorice is used alone and in combination with ginger and/or cardamom as a general tonic in addition to its use for the treatment of many of the conditions mentioned above. Combined with milk, it is believed to be a sexual tonic.
- Licorice is considered a "first class" medicine in TCM because it helps preserve life.
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