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Medical researchers have isolated several active substances in licorice root including glycosides, flavonoids, asparagine, isoflavonoids, chalcones and coumarins. Primary of these is Glycyrrhetinic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory compound that led to the successful development of drugs used in the treatment of duodenal and gastric ulcers, as well as ulcers of the mouth.
Another licorice compound, glycyrrhizin, has been shown
to possess anti-viral properties effective against the polio virus, herpes zoster, herpes simplex, and the HIV virus. Both compounds have also been found to inhibit cancer cells in vitro, though clinical studies on humans have not been conducted.
Other derivatives of licorice have elicited a host of active ingredients that seem to act as anti-depressants and, if that weren't enough, inhibit the enzymes that cause tooth decay. All in all
licorice is a very impressive herb that is well supported by medical research and clinical data.
The following information is brief abstract from: Herbal Pharmacy: Licorice Widely used as a flavoring agent, this familiar herb also has many therapeutic benefits by Wendell L. Combest, Ph.D. Associate Professor of
Pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Campbell University School of Pharmacy, Buies Creek, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Ulcer Treatment: Licorice has been an effective treatment of peptic ulcers in many countries for hundreds of years. The antiulcer drug carbenoxolone, a succinate derivative glycyrrhetinic acid, was developed in London in the early 1960s and has become the preferred form of
licorice used to promote healing of ulcers. Several animal studies have demonstrated the protective effects of carbenoxolone or licorice extracts on the gastric mucosa.
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