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Licorice Extract

Licorice extract is derived from the root of a plant named glycyrrhiza glabra, largely considered to be a weed and indigenous to some areas of Asia and Europe. Globally, licorice has long been used as a sweetener for candy and liquid beverages, as well as a treatment for a myriad of medical issues. For medical purposes, licorice extract has been used for digestive system ailments such as heartburn, stomach ulcers, chronic gastritis, and colic; for respiratory issues such as bronchitis and coughs; as well as diabetes, osteoporosis, malaria, tuberculosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, liver disorders, hypertonia, adrenal gland issues, and much more.

In the anti-aging arena, licorice extract is praised due to the glabridin it contains. Glabridin is a powerful antioxidant that may improve skin tone, prevent redness, and soothe the skin. Licorice extract is commonly seen as a principal ingredient in many skin creams and emollients.


Licorice extract has various uses and thus comes in various forms such as intravenous solutions, gels, creams, lozenges, tablets, powders, teas and fluids, etc. Obviously, some are medicinal for internal use only and some are for external use only. Talk with your doctor and he or she will advise you on what type of licorice extract is right for your condition. Follow your doctor's precise directions on how to use/take licorice extract. Do not use licorice extract unless you are absolutely certain you know how to take it or use it, for whatever your condition may be. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions after first prescribed the use of licorice extract by your doctor.


Licorice extract is to be used short term only for most conditions and treatments and is considered likely safe when used in small amounts for short durations.

Daily use of licorice extract for multiple weeks may cause severe side effects such as:

  • Low Potassium Levels
  • Weakness
  • Paralysis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Brain Damage (occasionally)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Decreased Sexual Function
  • Low Libido (men)
  • No Menstrual Period (women)

If you experience any side effect that feels severe or any side effect listed above, seek medical treatment right away.


All patients considering the use of licorice extract should consult with their doctor before beginning use to be sure it is safe for him or her to take.

Licorice extract is contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Ask your doctor for a complete overview of potential contraindications.

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