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Licorice Root

Licorice root, commonly known as sweet root is generally used as sweetener in sweets and candies. But it is full of medicinal benefits which has been used since centuries. It is available in many forms, either containing glycyrrhizin or as DGL, deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Licorice act as a healing agent for many diseases including asthma, athlete’s foot, baldness, body odor, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, coughs, dandruff, emphysema, gingivitis and tooth decay, gout, heartburn, HIV, viral infections, fungal infections, ulcers, liver problems, Lyme disease, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendinitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, yeast infections, prostate enlargement and arthritis.

Health Benefits of Licorice Root

  • Licorice root consists of anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties, hence soothes the gastrointestinal diseases
  • It is also used for the treatment for respiratory problems
  • In long run it also reduces stress
  • It is also an aid in treatment in breast and prostate cancer
  • It may be used for treating skin allergies like Eczema
  • The antioxidants present in Licorice also helps in cardiovascular diseases and high cholesterol
  • The phytoestrogenic, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties present in Licorice helps in menopause and menstruation cramps also
  • It also deals with depression and nervousness

Related Health Conditions/ Diseases

  • Depression (A mood disorder causing a constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest)
  • Cardiovascular Disease (Heart problems that include diseased vessels, structural problems and blood clots)
  • Skin Problems (Skin infections caused by bacteria or by a fungus, virus or parasite)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases (It’s a functional disorders which may causes constipation, IBS, acid reflux etc)

Alternate Name

Glycyrrhiza Glabra,Liquorice,Acide Glycyrrhizique, Acide Glycyrrhizinique, Alcacuz, Alcazuz, Bois Doux, Bois Sucré, Can Cao, Chinese Licorice, Deglycyrrhized Licorice, Gan Cao, Gan Zao, Glabra, Glycyrrhiza, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Glycyrrhiza glabra typica, Glycyrrhiza glabra violacea, G


  • Which compounds are available in Licorice root?  
    The main compounds available in Licorice root are Flavonoids, Coumarins, Triterpenoids, and Stilbenoids.
  • Where is Licorice root generally found?  
    Licorice root are generally grown in Europe, the Mediterranean , and Asia.  

Health Condition


Depression is a disorder in the mind that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest leading to numerous physical and emotional problems. To be diagnosed as suffering from depression, a person needs to be in that state for at least two weeks. Psychotherapy and medications are some of the ways to treat patients with depression.

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