According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, because of its sweet flavour, liquorice root goes to work on digestion (our favourite system to heal and nourish), it aids the spleen and stomach in assimilating nutrients. Sometimes when our gut health is compromised, we can’t adequately utilise the nutrients we consume, because our bodies can’t happily digest. If we struggle to use the fuel from food, then our bodies miss out on vital nutrients and have difficulty creating and balancing our hormones; meaning we may experience low energy, more acne flare ups, PMS or even weight gain, simply because the body is missing crucial nutrients and hormones. Liquorice root is a calming herb that also helps to alleviate aches and pains in the body. When combined with fu lin, as seen in Man Tea, they are indicated to treat shortness of breath as well as help facial swelling from fluid retention.
Written by Dr. Nat Kringoudis, TCM.