What’s New for Liquorice…
Licochalcone A is a flavonoid found in licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and is known for its anti-microbial activity and its reported ability to inhibit cancer cell proliferation. Researchers (Chu et al) have shown that is can exert anti-inflammation effect in model systems.
Treatement for Dysmenorrhea:
Licorice has been used for the treatment of dysmenorrhea and Shi et al indicated potential analgesic and uterine relaxant effects of Isoliquiritigenin, a key licorice component.
Protective and Healing effects in the Stomach/Intestine:
Studies by He, Zhang and Zeng suggest the mechanisms for the protective and healing effects of licorice on the intestinal mucosa. They suggest that this protection is provided by the down-regulation of p53 mRNA, lowering the expression of p53, thus promoting the proliferation of the intestinal crypt stem cells.