Licorice ( 甘草 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Glycyrrhizae Uralensis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Gan Cao

Common English Name

Licorice

Part of Plant Used

Root

Nature

Neutral

Taste

Sweet

Meridians Entered

All twelve Meridian Channels; particularly Lungs and Spleen

Common Usages

This herb is used in most formulas because of its excellent moderating and harmonizing influence on other herbs. It is also used as a tonic, and to treat spasms.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Tonifies Spleen and benefits Qi; moistens Lungs and stops coughing; clears heat and detoxifies fire poison; moderates and harmonizes the characteristics of other herbs; soothes spasms; soothes throat.

Common Formulas Used In

Agastache; Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus; Bupleurum and Tang Gui; Cimicafuga; Citrus and Pinellia; Clematis and Stephania; Cnidium and Tea; Corydalis; Fritillaria Extract Tablet; Gentiana; Ginseng and AStragalus; Ginseng and Atractylodes; Ginseng and Longan; Ginseng and Tang Gui; Hoelen and Polyporus; Lonicera and Forsythia; Ma Huang; Minor Bupleurum; Peony and Licorice; Pueraria Combination; Qiang-Huo and Tur~eric; Stephania and Astragalus; Tang Gui and Ginseng Eight; Tu-Huo and Loranthus; Xanthium and Magnolia.

Processing Required

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Remarks

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Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb where there is excessive dampness with nausea, bloating, or vomiting. Long-term use of this herb may cause high blood pressure and edema, and may lower rate of metabolism.



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