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Licorice Herb Health Benefits

Herb has been used for centuries because of its many health benefits one such herb is Licorice, its root contains many anti-depressant compounds and is an excellent alternative to St. John’s Wort.

 

As an herbal medicine it has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal wonders.

 

Licorice is useful for many ailments including asthma, athlete’s foot, baldness, body odour, 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.

 

It has an aspirin-like action and is helpful in relieving fevers and soothing pain such as headaches.

 

Its anti-allergenic effect is very useful for hay fever, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma.

 

Possibly by its action on the adrenal glands, licorice has the ability to improve resistance to stress.

 

It should be thought of during times of both physical and emotional stress, after surgery or during convalescence, or when feeling tired and run down.

 

Licorice is sometimes used along with the herbs Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum to improve the function of the adrenal glands, especially in people who have taken steroid drugs long-term.

 

Steroids tend to suppress the activity of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands produce important hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress.

 

Unlike most popular ulcer medications, such as cimetidine, licorice does not dramatically reduce stomach acid; rather, it reduces the ability of stomach acid to damage stomach lining by encouraging digestive mucosal tissues to protect them from acid.

 

Licorice enhances mucosal protection by increasing the action of mucous-secreting cells, boosting the life of surface intestinal cells, and increasing microcirculation within the gastrointestinal tract.

 

This improves the health of the stomach lining and reduces damage from stomach acid.

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