Learn how to use these herbs from Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
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Licorice is the most widely used Chinese herb. Dubbed "the great harmonizer," it moderates the effects of harsh herbs and sweetens the taste of bitter ones. It's known as a safe, gentle, and effective remedy for inflammation like sore throats, allergies, food poisoning, stings, and muscle-spasm pain. Licorice also helps treat ulcers and, according to a study at the University of Texas, stimulates the immune system. Hepatitis C patients who take it are much less likely to develop cirrhosis or liver cancer.Western herbalism uses G. glabra, while TCM uses G. uralensis; they have similar effects. At high doses, licorice may cause laxative effects, fluid retention, and hypertension.
Dose: 1 to 4 grams powdered root three times a day; 1 teaspoon chopped licorice root added to hot water to soothe a sore throat.