Here is scientific evidence backing what Chinese herbalists already knew about licorice root:

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Chinese herbalism notes five herbal actions for licorice root (also know as gan cao). The one responsible for licorice root’s effect on ulcers is likely “clearing heat”.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), “heat” means the metabolic activity of a body. In a healthy individual, this metabolic activity is in balance.

“Excessive heat” is TCM’s way of saying the body’s metabolic activity is higher than normal. Or, in other words, metabolic activity is out of balance. A practical example of this we have all experienced is when one’s body responds to an infection. “Clearing heat” is the process of treating that excessive activity.


Licorice root’s active chemical compound is glycyrrhizic acid. This acid is like cortisone, a compound the body uses to make the steroid cortisol. Two effects of cortisol are to reduce inflammation and to stimulate the repair of tissue.

Licorice root is one of 400+ herbs that make up the materia medica of Chinese herbalism. To learn its health benefits and those of other medicinal herbs, please contact us today.

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Dr. Dan Perez is both a Western-trained physician and a graduate of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Based in Austin, Texas, AOMA is recognized as one of the leading schools in Chinese Medicine. Being both an expert in Western medicine and Chinese medicine, Dr. Perez offers his patients natural, minimally invasive and integrative medical options for treating a variety of chronic medical conditions. If you would like to know more about how Dr. Perez can help with your health and well being, contact him today. You can contact Dr. Perez at his office, located just off of Bee Cave Road in northwest Austin (near Lakeway), for more information or to book an appointment.