Licorice was first published in “Shen Nong’s Materia Medica”, and it was called Meicao and Migan, and it was listed as top grade. It is an indispensable Chinese herbal medicine in clinical practice. Because it can reconcile all kinds of medicines and detoxify all kinds of poisons that is also why it is called the “old treasure”.
Being gentle, Sweet taste, healthy for heart, lung, spleen and stomach meridian, licorice is a common traditional Chinese medicinal material. Its extracts such as glycyrrhizic acid, glycyrrhetinic acid, and glycyrrhizin polysaccharides have strong effects on anti-virus.
Licorice extract is a licorice rhizome that grows under high-quality wild licorice for 5 years. It uses advanced ultrasonic technology to remove all impurities and refine it. Because it is rich in glycyrrhizic acid, licorice flavonoids, and licorice monopotassium salt, it is beneficial to human health. Ingredients, so very precious. After drinking in boiling water, it has a sweet taste; its main functions are detoxification, protecting the liver and protecting the liver, and conditioning the body’s organs; it balances the excessive secretion of gastric acid, promotes blood circulation, and helps sleep. The pharmaceutical factory produces glycyrrhizin tablets and specializes in treating many liver diseases.
The licorice extract, its fraction, or the compound isolated therefrom have an anti-rotavirus effect, and not only exhibit a virus-killing effect against various viruses, but also an effect of inhibiting the cytopathic effect of rotavirus. Therefore, the composition can be effectively used to prevent or treat viral infections.
Licorice root extract may help protect against SARS. One of the authors of this research report, virologist Indrich Chinate, said that Wuhan’s recommendation to use Chinese medicine “makes sense” and it should be used in combination with Western medicine. He said in an interview: “In Western medicine, our medicine can only attack a specific target. With Chinese medicine, it can prevent viruses from adsorbing cells and virus replication.”
Licorice polysaccharides and glycyrrhizic acid in licorice have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and regulatory cellular immune functions. They have high research value in the treatment of COVID-19. For coronavirus effective glycyrrhizic acid derivatives, it should show its role in this epidemic. Considering the use of traditional Chinese medicine licorice for anti-epidemic is a matter of course. The latest research confirms that both 2019-nCoV and SARS coronavirus enter the cell through the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) cell receptor. Experiments have confirmed that glycyrrhizic acid can be combined with ACE2, speculating that glycyrrhizic acid may become a potential therapeutic drug for new coronavirus pneumonia.
Whether a drug is safe and effective goes through many experiments, including animal experiments, phase I clinical trials, phase II clinical trials, and phase III clinical trials. Before clinical trials are completed, there is insufficient evidence to prove that a certain drug can inhibit the new coronavirus in humans. Therefore, you must not believe the rumors and use drugs at will to avoid undesirable consequences.
Although Chinese medicine is helpful, everyone also needs to follow the CDC’s recommendations for personal protection. “You need to go out and wear a mask, wash your hands with hand soap, and try to go out as little as possible.”