Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Gan Cao)
Atmospheric energy: neutral
Flavor: very sweet
Meridians: enter all twelve meridians, though it is especially beneficial to the Spleen, Stomach, Kidney and Lung
Tonic actions: energy tonic
Licorice root is used as a tonic for Spleen Qi deficiency, for the heart when there are symptoms of palpitations and irregular pulses, and to lubricate the lungs when there is a deficient dry cough. Also an excellent anti-inflammatory, similar to that of cortisone (can increase effects of cortisone).