Composition of Liquorice Root
The scientific name for licorice root, Glycyrrhiza, comes from “glukos” (sweet) and “riza” (root). This “sweet root” contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar
The major active component of Licorice is saponin known as glycyrrhizin, also known as glycyrrhizic acid, which is an extremely sweet, foaming triterpene glycoside. It has a similar structure and activity as the adrenal steroids.
Health Benefits of Liquorice Root
Licorice has antibacterial properties and has been found to help relieve stomach ulcers. It is a useful cough remedy as it acts as an expectorant, helping to loosen and expel phlegm.
Licorice root is beneficial for digestion and helps soothe irritation and inflammation of your digestive tract. It also relieves Constipation.
Licorice has estrogen-like effects and has been found to reduce the number and duration of hot flashes in postmenopausal women. It is also be useful in relieving the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Licorice exhibits a number of beneficial properties for immune system support.
Virtually all Chinese herbal formulas contain licorice because it assists in gastrointestinal absorption and harmonizes the herbal blends In other words, it helps to enhance the effects of the other herbs.
History of Liquorice Root
The use of Liquorice root is documented in Assyrian clay tablets and Egyptian papyri.
Originating in southern Asia and then spreading through the Middle East and into southern Europe, liquorice is first reported in England as growing at a monastery in Pontefract, from whence its fame spread to the States and beyond.