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Nature's Temple / Liquorice

Liquorice

(Glycyrrhiza glabra)

 

Parts Used: Dried root and stolon

Active Constituents:

Triperpenoid saponins – glycyrrhizin (5-15%) composed of salts of glycyrrhizinic acid.  Also flavonoids, oestrogen-like steroids, polysaccharides, sterols, coumarins, asparagin, tannins and volatile oil

Main Actions:

  • Expectorant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Demulcent
  • Adrenal agent
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • 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.