What is Glycyrrhiza uralensis used for?

Glycyrrhiza uralensis (G. uralensis), also known as Chinese licorice, is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been used in the clinic for centuries. Its functions include regulating drug properties, improving spleen function and blood circulation and reducing cough.

What is Glycyrrhiza uralensis root?

Liquorice (licorice) is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra and Glycyrrhiza uralensis, from which a sweet substance can be extracted. The licorice plant is a legume (related to beans and peas) and is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia.

What is Gancao in English?

Liquorice root
Liquorice root, or ‘radix glycyrrhizae’, is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it has the name gancao (kan-tsao; Chinese: 甘草, pinyin: gāncǎo). It is used in Chinese medicine to harmonize other herbs and to reduce the harsh effects of other herbs.

Is licorice an immune modulator?

In summary, licorice polysaccharide especially of low molecular weight exhibit anticancer and immunomodulatory activities by suppressing tumor growth and improving general health of mice. They also augment the thymus/spleen index and population of T lymphocytes.

Is licorice root good diabetes?

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have now discovered that liquorice root also contains substances with an anti-diabetic effect. These amorfrutins not only reduce blood sugar, they are also anti-inflammatory and are very well tolerated.

Does licorice have side effects?

Although licorice root is generally considered safe as a food ingredient, it can cause serious side effects, including increased blood pressure and decreased potassium levels, when consumed in large amounts or for long periods of time.

What medications does licorice interfere with?

Medications that interact with licorice include:

  • drugs that lower potassium.
  • blood pressure medications.
  • diuretics, also known as water pills.
  • heart rhythm medications.
  • blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin)
  • estrogen, hormone therapy, and birth control pills.
  • corticosteroids.

How long does licorice stay in your system?

Of note, the effects of liquorice ingestion on 11β-HSD2, plasma electrolytes, and the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone axis can be long-lasting, since abnormalities in plasma electrolyte levels and urinary cortisol excretion may persist for 1–2 weeks after cessation of liquorice ingestion [26].

Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch. (family Leguminosae) is an important perennial medicinal herb and is mainly cultivated in arid and semiarid areas in China. It has a long history of medicinal use in Europe and Asia to treat peptic ulcer disease, constipation, and cough.

Is Glycyrrhiza hermaphrodite?

Glycyrrhiza uralensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in). It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). It can fix Nitrogen.

What are the benefits of Zhi Gan Cao?

In acute and severe cases, the sweet taste of Zhi Gan Cao can reduce the tension from conflict between body resistance and pathogenic factors, slow down the pathological process, ease the tendons and muscles and thus assist the herbs that sedate the Heart-shen.

What is Gan Cao (Gan Cao)?

Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis (Gan Cao) is detoxifying and harmonizes the other medicinals. Yifan Yang MD MSc, Jeremy Ross BSc CEd LicAc MNIMH, in Chinese Herbal Formulas, 2010 Zhi Gan Cao is sweet and primarily enters the Spleen meridian.