It is one of the most important herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The root is used medicinally, either powdered or raw. Liquorice is a demulcent, and has a soothing and coating agent in the digestive and urinary tracts. Liquorice is also an expectorant, and is useful for treating bronchitis and catarrh build up. Liquorice also has antiviral properties and is a mild laxative.
Ingredients: Liquorice Root
Directions: Combine 2 – 4g of the root in a cup of water, bring to the boil then simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Take 3 times a day after meals.
Cautions: Liquorice contains a constituent called glycyrrhizin, which may cause raised blood pressure and water retention in some people. Only common if more than 10gms of root, which equates to around 1gm of glycyrrhizin, is taken for an extended period of time.
Warnings: This food is not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with a nutritious diet and with an appropriate physical training or exercise program. This food is not suitable for children under the age of 15 or pregnant women. It should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Keep out of reach of children.