According to a recent BBC News article:
More than 85% of all confirmed cases of COVID 19 recorded in China who underwent Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have recovered better than those who took only conventional medication. Almost all hospitalized patients were prescribed traditional medicine, a combination of Chinese Ephedra and Licorice Root.
Studies have shown that licorice may have antiviral activity against viruses that are closely related to the new coronavirus, which makes it interesting information for future research.
One of the main active compounds in Licorice Root is Glycyrrhizin, having a variety of therapeutic effects including antiviral properties.
According to research, glycyrrhizin may help fight infections through several mechanisms, including
- Interfering with the ability of viruses to release from infected cells
- Inhibiting virus gene expression
- Activating the development of T-cells (type of white blood cells that are of key importance to the immune system)
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According to a recent BBC News article: More than 85% of all confirmed cases of COVID 19 recorded in China who underwent Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have recovered better than those who took only conventional medication. Almost all hospitalized patients were prescribed traditional medicine, a combination of Chinese Ephedra and Licorice Root.
Scope of Licorice Extract for symptomatic management of COVID-19
The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has emerged as a severe threat to public health and economy throughout the world. The structure of Coronavirus is composed of RNA based proteins that contains amino acid (-NH2) and carboxyl (-COOH) groups causing infection in human respiratory cells. To control this activity of virus, hydroxyl group has a significant role that can attack the active group of the virus and neutralize the virus activity in the host cell.(3,4,5) Licorice Root Extract is effective against HIV, RSB, Herpes Viruses and severe acute respiratory syndrome-related Coronavirus which causes a severe type of Pneumonia or Respiratory illness. The contents of Licorice Root are Glycyrrhizin, Glycyrrhizin Acid, Liquiritin and Isoliquiritin, are said to be able to control the spreading of virus activity. All contents of Licorice Root have hydroxyl groups that can be effective in diminishing the virus growth and having possibility to be used as an antiviral drug.