What is DGL-Licorice?

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What is DGL-Licorice?
DGL stands for deglycyrrhizinated licorice. In this form, the compound glycyrrhizin or glycyrrhizinic acid is removed from the herb licorice. DGL is said to be very effective in digestive tract problems like stomach or peptic ulcers. This particular herbal medicine can be consumed in powder form, tablets, and capsules. It may also be mixed with other digestive substances or compounds.

Throughout history, licorice has been used to treat various ailments in the digestive and respiratory tracts. Sore throat, cough, and gastritis are just a few of the illnesses that were treated with licorice root. Most of these benefits are a result of the glycyrrhizinic acid present in licorice. This particular substance aids the immune system by activating white blood cells to move towards the area of inflammation, which then results to faster healing. It is also involved in improving the anti-inflammatory functions of corticosteroids and the hormone cortisol. But glycyrrhizin also has its side effects. It is known to cause water retention and may also be involved in increasing the blood pressure if licorice is used for long periods.

Because of glycyrrhizin’s various side effects, this particular substance was removed from licorice. This led to the development of deglycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL. This herbal preparation can now be used by those with high blood pressure, those who are pregnant, and those with liver or kidney problems. But because glycyrrhizin is removed, DGL no longer has an effect on inflammation and detoxification. Its action is now concentrated on soothing or relieving pain and/or irritation on the digestive tract. A great example of this condition affecting the digestive tract is peptic ulcer, which is said to be very responsive to DGL treatment. Others also claim that duodenal ulcers can also be treated successfully with DGL. But all people with ulcers should coordinate with their doctors to have the best treatment option.

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  1. Lisa

    March 22, 2011 8:43 am

    I’ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa http://www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I’ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect…as long as it lasts…then back to coughing mode.


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