Licorice - herbal drug, is effective as an anti-inflammatory and expectorant.

Pharmacological action

Licorice has a strong expectorant and antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects (most pronounced with respect to staphylococci).  Licorice syrup

The roots and rhizomes of licorice contains the following active ingredients: carbohydrates, organic acids, tannins, steroid compounds, essential oils, glycyrrhizin acid, which, acting in combination to stimulate the function of the endocrine glands, irritate the mucous membranes of the intestinal and respiratory tract, and providing enveloping mild laxative effect.

Decoctions and infusions of Licorice instructions also have a diuretic effect, stimulating the work of the adrenal cortex, especially when it is reduced function.

Furthermore, as a result of Liquorice:

  • Increases mucus in the gastrointestinal tract (due to lower pH of the stomach);
  • It accelerates the healing of gastric ulcers and 12 duodenal ulcer;
  • Increased non-specific resistance of the organism.

Form release Licorice

Licorice is produced in the form of:

  • Filter bags 1, 5 g, 10 or 20 pieces in a package;
  • Syrup in bottles of 100 g and 125 g;
  • Crushed material (roots and rhizomes), 50 g or 100 g in the package.

Analogues Licorice mechanism of action drugs are Altey, Anise ordinary, Ledum palustre, Oregano, Gedeliks, nard, mother and stepmother, Pektusin, Thermopsis, Thyme, Codelac bronchitis, Coldrex bronchitis and others.

Indications Licorice

Licorice effectively used according to instructions:

  • In the treatment of infectious diseases of the upper respiratory tract: bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis;
  • When coughing a smoker;
  • In the treatment of gastritis, ulcers and 12 duodenal ulcer and gastric mucosa;
  • In the treatment of cystitis, pyelonephritis, pielita;
  • When adrenocortical hypofunction (together with other drugs).

In the opinion of Licorice can be used in conjunction with other drugs in the treatment of gout, eczema, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, dermatitis of different nature.


Contraindications to the licorice in the form of decoctions and infusions are:

  • Hypersensitivity to the plant or auxiliary components;
  • During pregnancy and lactation;
  • Functional disorders of the liver;
  • cirrhosis of the liver;
  • hypertonic disease;
  • Hypokalemia (potassium deficiency);
  • Organic heart disease, myocarditis and pericarditis, including;
  • Renal failure.

Contraindications to licorice syrup are also gastritis and peptic ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcer in the acute stage.

Dosing Licorice

Licorice plant material in the form of a decoction or infusion is recommended to take in the form of heat.

Adult broth appoint one or two tablespoons of half an hour before meals three to four times a day; Flask - 1/3 cup half an hour before meals three times a day.

Children appoint broth depending on the age - from one teaspoon to one tablespoon of half an hour before meals to four times a day; infusion - from one dessert and two tablespoons of half an hour before meals three times a day.

Because of minced raw broth is prepared as follows: one tablespoon (10 g) was added Licorice cup (200 ml) of boiling water and kept in a water bath for thirty minutes. Then the broth was cooled to room temperature and filtered through cheesecloth. Strained broth topped boiled water to 200 ml.

For an infusion of filter bags Licorice three packages of boiled water (200 mL), cover with a lid and insist twenty minutes.

Use of licorice as a decoction or infusion of the plant raw material is effective for the duration of two to three weeks.

Syrup of licorice root is taken orally, for up to ten days.  Licorice-packaging

The adult recommended intake of 1 dessert spoon diluted in 1/2 cup of water three times a day.

Kids Licorice syrup is usually prescribed:

  • Up to 2 years - 1-2 drops several times a day;
  • 2-12 years - 1/2 teaspoons diluted in 1/4 cup of water, three times a day;
  • Older than 12 years - the dose is doubled.

Side effects Licorice

With prolonged use of licorice reviews can be observed:

  • Swelling of tissues, which are caused by a violation of water-salt balance;
  • Increased blood pressure;
  • Reducing the concentration of potassium in the body (hypokalemia);
  • Disorders of the reproductive system.

In some cases (with sensitivity) Review Licorice can cause allergic reactions.

storage conditions

Preparations of licorice according to the instructions should be stored in a dark, dry place, away from children. Shelf life - 24-36 months (depending on the dosage form) ready broth - no more than 24 hours (if stored in the refrigerator).