Nov 19, 2015

The antiviral and antimicrobial activities of licorice, a widely-used Chinese herb

Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
Li-qiang WangChunsheng Liu

Abstract

Licorice is a common herb which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. More than 20 triterpenoids and nearly 300 flavonoids have been isolated from licorice. Recent studies have shown that these metabolites possess many pharmacological activities, such as antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitumor and other activities. This paper provides a summary of the antiviral and antimicrobial activities of licorice. The active components and the possible mechanisms for these activities are summarized in detail. This review will be helpful for the further studies of licorice for its potential therapeutic effects as an antiviral or an antimicrobial agent.

Mentioned in this Paper

Study
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Licorice root extract
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Licorice
Medicine, Chinese
Flavonoids
Glycyrrhiza
Illusions
Glycyrrhiza glabra

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