Licorice vs. Deglycyrrhizinated (DGL)

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Licorice and Deglycrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)


Licorice is an herb that is commonly used by both western herbologist and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is used for a great many diseases, quite effectively. One of the most important being its powerful anti-inflammatory effect, which seems to be somewhat similar to cortisol (anti-inflammatory steroids).

Simply stated it is a natural antiinflammatory herb that can help cool and moisten the body.

If used appropriately, licorice is very safe and effective. However, there are some rare side effects associated with its "mineralocorticoid" activity (alters electrolytes in the body).


Licorice and mineralocorticosteroid actions

  • Licorice and mineralocorticosteroid actions
  • Retention of sodium and water
  • Increases the body's loss of potassium
  • Tends to promote edema

Licorice is often used quite effectively for the following conditions:

  • Pulmonary/Lung disease
  • Treats dryness of the lungs, including coughs, Chronic Bronchitis, Upper Respiratory Viruses
  • Digestive diseases, chronic diarrhea, stomach ulcers, and intestinal inflammation.
  • Inflammation of stomach, esophagus, small intestine and colon

Deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) licorice is a Nutraceutical extract of licorice. DGL was created, in large part, to provide the positive effects of licorice without having the negative effects associated with its Mineralocorticoid activity.

DGL:

  • Restores the intestinal lining
  • Treats ulcers of the stomach
  • Helpful with gingivitis and stomatitis (gum diseases, tooth issues)
  • Helpful for IBD inflammatory bowel disease)
  • DGL increases the quantity and quality of mucin, increases the life span of intestinal cells, improves mucosal blood flow and has a prostaglandin-like effect on cytoprotection

Locorice is a wonderful herb to moisten the body and as a natural antiinflammatory herb. It does have an adrenal cortical ("mineralocorticoid activity") action, which is often beneficial; however, in certain individuals it can be detrimental and then it is far safer to use the DGL form of licorice.