Licorice in Ancient Medicine
  The roots of this plant were known as a strengthening and fortifying agent in Babylon, more than four thousand years ago. The syrup prepared from the licorice roots was liked by the ancient Egyptians, and when the tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered
in 1923, licorice roots were also found there. Ancient Egyptian physicians mixed it with bitter medicines to hide the undesirable taste, and treated liver and intestine diseases with it. Theocritus the Greek physician prescribed licorice to treat dry coughs, asthma, and fight thirst. The benefits of licorice were also known by the Arab physicians, so they prescribed it as food and medicine. One saying of the Arab physician and philosopher Avicenna is:
"the infused licorice purifies the voice and the trachea, and is useful in disorders and diets".
Licorice in Modern Medicine
Research proved that good results can be obtained when using licorice as a strengthening and blood purifying treatment, and one of
it's ingredients is successfully used in treating Addison's disease. The licorice and it's ingredients also help in treating inflammations and infections of the stomach and the intestines, especially the ulcer. Researchers are also interested in the use of licorice as a stimulant for the adrenal gland to secrete cortisone to treat rheumatism, asthma, eye diseases, and skin diseases, thus saving money, since cortisone is an expensive substance. It was recently discovered that licorice is a very active medicine against the Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

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