Licorice is the root of the plant known botanically as Glycyrrhiza glabra. Licorice root has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for a wide range of purposes. In traditional Chinese medicine, licorice is always used included to harmonize the various ingredients in an herb formula.
Health Benefits of Licorice
Licorice is an effective expectorant, and is used in many cough and cold products. Licorice may be also useful both mouth ulcers like canker sores. But the most popular modern use for licorice is for peptic ulcers for which the DGL form is used.
Using Licorice Supplements
Use as directed.
Side-effects and Cautions:
Licorice can raise blood pressure. The DGL form does not have this property.