It is sweet, neutral and nontoxic. The crude one is slightly cooler than the processed one. When it is stir-fired, it becomes warm in quality. It mainly acts on the heart, lung, spleen and stomach channels.
WHY IT'S USED: It pacifies the mind and soul. It relieve convulsions and palpitations, restlessness and amnesia.
It tonifes the spleen and enhances qi-energy; clears heat and rids of toxins;
expels phlegm and stops cough; relieves stomach, muscle and tendon pain.
it is used to lessen the harsh and toxic nature of other herbs and harmonizes the overall effects of a formula.
Comment and Cautions:
Large dosages can increase blood pressure. Long term usage of large dosage can also cause edema and hypokalemia.
Do not use with vomiting, nausea, or chest and abdominal distention/fullness due to Dampness.
Do not use with high blood pressure or edema.
Using Licorice with aspirin may increase the irritation of the stomach.