Licorice is a traditional Chinese medicine often used in clinical applications of traditional Chinese medicine. It is also called pink grass and beautiful grass. It is the rhizome of the perennial leguminous plant of the genus Licorice. Licorice grows mostly in arid sandy lands, sandy riverbanks, hillside grasslands and saline soils. Tao Hongjing, a medical scientist in the Southern Dynasties, revered licorice as "the elder of the country, and said: This herb is the king of all medicines. There are few prescriptions that do not use it, just like agarwood in incense."
1. The functions of raw licorice are to invigorate the spleen, clear away heat and detoxify, remove phlegm and relieve cough, relieve pain and relieve pain, and reconcile various medicines. It is used for weak spleen and stomach, fatigue and fatigue, palpitations and shortness of breath, cough with excessive phlegm, epigastrium, acute pain in the limbs, carbuncle and sore, and relieves drug toxicity and strong sex.
2. The medicinal effect of Zhigancao is relatively mild. Its main functions are to nourish the spleen and stomach, replenish qi and restore pulse. It is used for weakness of the spleen and stomach, fatigue, palpitations, and knotted pulse, and can relieve aconite poison. When a doctor prescribes medicine, if it is not specified as roasted licorice, usually "licorice" refers to raw licorice.
3. Licorice can be used alone or in combination with other Chinese medicinal materials. Because licorice has a good harmonizing effect, more than half of Chinese medicine prescriptions add licorice. It is also often used in conjunction with wind-heat cough, wind-cold cough, and hot phlegm cough.