Licorice Root Health Benefits

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The root of the licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra or Glycyrrhiza uralensis) has a great and long history of use in Eastern and Western medicine and natural remedy. The licorice plant is a perennial legume native to the Middle East and parts of Asia and India.

There are many traditional practitioners who believe that licorice root can treat a number of health conditions, including bronchitis, constipation, heartburn, gastric ulcer, eczema, and menstrual cramps and it has been proven many times as well. Although licorice is generally safe to use, one should always consider the doctor’s suggestions regarding the same because sometimes the overconsumption can lead to severe side effects and even poisoning.

Although the research is limited, but here are some studies that suggest licorice may offer certain health benefits, mostly related to the digestive tract.

Colorectal Cancer

According to a few studies and Some scientists, the antioxidative properties of licorice might help reduce the risk of certain cancers, most predominately colorectal cancer. While it is yet to be researched on humans because the bulk of research has been limited to animal or test-tube studies, and some of it has been promising.

Functional Dyspepsia

if the licorice root is used in combination with other herbs, it may help ease the pain of functional dyspepsia (FD), a chronic disorder marked by upper abdominal discomfort, and this problem is faced by many.

Peptic Ulcers

Licorice’s role in treating peptic ulcer disease has gained much interest in the scientific community, specifically in regards to its effect on a bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori. This is the primary cause of peptic ulcers and one of the most notoriously difficult infections to eradicate.

Canker Sores

According to many studies that have been in the past, licorice root accelerated the healing of recurrent aphthous ulcers.

Chronic Bronchitis

There is some evidence scientists acknowledged through the study that licorice root may slow the progression of chronic bronchitis associated with people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

According to test-tube studies conducted at Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan, the glycyrrhizic, Asiatic, and oleanolic acids found in licorice root have an antioxidant effect that is protective of the cells in the bronchi in the lungs.

This suggests that licorice may help slow (rather than stop or reverse) the progression of COPD when used with standard medical treatments. But as we know and understand that there are further human research would be needed to support these results.

Menopause and Menstrual Symptoms

Licorice root is a mainstay home remedy for women with menstrual cramps as menstrual cramps are irritating and painful at the same time so we women want to deal with it in all possible natural ways because we can not risk adding medicines 2 times a month. And is also believed to help alleviate many of the adverse symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes.

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