Chinese licorice is related to our licorice lichen ( G. glabra ) belonging to the miraculous legume family ( Fabaceae ). Licorice, however, has some characteristics in comparison with the typical representatives of this family, which predestines her for herbaceous use. This is primarily the content of glycyrrhizin, a non-calorie sweetener (50 times sweeter than sucrose), which makes licorice a welcome flavor of herbal teas. Liquorice is by no means a mere sweetener. Here I focus on Chinese liquorice used in TČM, but I suppose that our liquorice lysá will have similar, if not better, effects.
Chinese licorice has an antidepressant effect. Liquiritin and other flavonoids from Chinese liquorice had an antidepressant and neuroprotective effect in rats ( Zhao2008ael , Fan2012aaf ). Together with the cyclosporin, the liquorice is the Chinese part of the TMM anti-depressant ( Jun2014hmg ). It is a traditional remedy with a protective effect on the liver ( Lam2016hec ).