Licorice or (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
The herb licorice is native to the Mediterranean area, southern and central Russia, and Asia Minor to Iran, however, many species grow throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East today. Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, which can cause complications when eaten in large quantities. Licorice flavored product often do not contain licorice, but anise flavoring, which smells and tastes like licorice. This is important to note, because real licorice can cause complications when eaten in large quantities, due to the glycyrrhizic acid.
Licorice is used for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis). It has been used by Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda medicines for centuries.