Chinese licorice is related to our licorice lichen ( G. glabra ) belonging to the miraculous family of legumes ( Fabaceae ). Licorice has, in addition to the typical representatives of this family, some properties that make it suitable for use in the herbarium. This is primarily the glycyrrhizin content, a non-calorie sweetener (50 times sweeter than sucrose), which makes liquorice a welcome flavor of herbal teas. Liquorice is far from being a sweetener. Here I focus on Chinese liqueur used in TČM, but I assume that our liquorice lysá will have similar, if not better, effects.
Chinese licorice has an antidepressant effect. Liquiritin and other flavonoids from Chinese liqueur had an antidepressant and neuroprotective effect in rats ( Zhao2008ael , Fan2012aaf ). Together with the ciclicum , the Chinese liqueur is part of the TČM anti-depressant ( Jun2014hmg ). It is a traditional remedy with a protective effect on the liver ( Lam2016hec ).