Licorice lowers stomach acid levels, relieves heartburn and indigestion and prevents ulcer formation.
Through its beneficial action on the liver, it increases bile flow and lowers cholesterol levels.
In the respiratory system, its soothing and healing action reduces irritation and inflammation.
Licorice enhances immunity by boosting levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical that fights off viruses.
The phytoestrogens in Licorice have a mild estrogenic effect, making the herb potentially useful in easing certain symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as irritability, bloating and breast tenderness.
Its anti-allergic property is useful in allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma.
When applied topically, Licorice can be used to fight dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.