Glycycrhiza glabra, or as it more commonly known, licorice root, can be used as a natural pain killer and can be used to treat sore throats, digestive issues, constipation, stomach ulcers and even cancer.
The University Of Maryland Medical Center states that licorice root has a soothing effect on the body’s mucous membranes which calms any irritation caused by excess stomach acid. This makes it an ideal treatment for dyspepsia and acid reflux. It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective against gastric ulcers and conditions such as Addison’s disease. Licorice root in tea form to soothe stomach complaints.
According to the National Center of Complementary Medicine, licorice root is the subject of several studies that are attempting to test its active compounds. Researchers believe these compounds may contain anti-viral properties that could be helpful in the treatment of stomach flu and infections of the small intestine. Licorice root can be used to treat patients suffering with constipation, IBS, Chron’s, and makes an effective diuretic and purgative.
Licorice root is often used as a treatment for asthma and also for respiratory conditions caused by colds and flu such as bronchial infections, dry coughs, sore throats etc. It is also helpful in reducing fever in patients and preventing the formation of fever ulcers.
Licorice root makes a wonderful natural skin treatment thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It can treat conditions such as swelling, redness, eczema, itching and dry skin, and is often used in lotions, creams, gels and other moisturizing formulas.
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine notes that licorice root has antispasmodic properties and can relieve headaches in much the same way as regular aspirin. It is useful for both tension and migraine headaches.
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