Licorice ( 甘草 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Glycyrrhizae Uralensis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Gan Cao

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used






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




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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