Parts Used: Dried root and stolon
Triperpenoid saponins – glycyrrhizin (5-15%) composed of salts of glycyrrhizinic acid. Also flavonoids, oestrogen-like steroids, polysaccharides, sterols, coumarins, asparagin, tannins and volatile oil
- Adrenal agent
- Mild laxative
Major Safety Issues:
- Excessive doses should be avoided in cases of hypertension and cardiac or kidney insufficiency and oedema.
- Large doses over a prolonged period of time may cause oedema, especially facial swelling because of potassium loss and sodium retention.
- Can cause dangerously high blood pressure, general weakness and even cardiac arrest
- Cases of chronic poisoning with liquorice used on a regular basis and in excessive doses which have necessitated hospitalisation have been reported.