Licorice ( 甘草 ) ...Chinese Herb...
of Plant Used
All twelve Meridian Channels; particularly Lungs and Spleen
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
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.
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.
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.