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Only eat the root of the plant as parts of similar-looking plants and stem pieces of liquorice are often sold in place of the liquorice root to fool the buyer. Sweet in taste and heavy, unctuous and cold in effect.  The liquorice root contains glycyrrhizin, which is many times sweeter than cane sugar.

Glucose, potassium, calcium, starch and vitamin B complex, modern researchers have identified a number of other constituents in liquorice which are responsible for its broad range of health benefits. 

Liquorice should not be used by those suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease or a history of stroke, kidney disease, or by those who are obese. Best to avoid long-term consumption while pregnant. The prolonged and uninterrupted use of liquorice may cause an imbalance of sodium and potassium resulting in increased body weight and puffiness of the face.

Medical Uses
Treatment of various types of cough, bronchitis, asthma and other throat and chest problems: In chronic bronchitis and smokers’ cough taking two or three times a day with honey crushed powders of one gram each of liquorice and pippali. 

Acid peptic disease treatment: Its antacid and anti-ulcer properties make it a suitable adjunct in the acid peptic disease. Liquorice is a good medicine for hyperacidity. Taking one or two grams of liquorice powder gives immediate relief from pain and burning of the epigastrium. In the case of a stomach ulcer, it can be taken with coconut water. In non-specific urethritis and burning micturition, one gram of liquorice powder can be taken along with half a gram of giloy satva. 

Improves the voice, promotes body weight, allays fatigue and excessive thirst and healing properties and is beneficial for the reproductive system in both males and females and causes increased blood pressure. A small piece of raw liquorice, if chewed or sucked, provides amiable relief.

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