Gan Cao (甘草)

Radix Glycyrrhizae, Licorice Root


Gan Cao is used in countless formulas because of its ability to soften the harshness of semi-toxic herbs, harmonize the formula, and guide the effects of the herbs to all 12 channels. In formulas where Licorice Root is featured, it may be used to combat a cough, palpitations, shortness of breath, loose stools, muscle spasms, sore throat, and skin sores.



  • Cold
  • Cool
  • Neutral
  • Warm
  • Hot


  • Sour
  • Bitter
  • Sweet
  • Acrid
  • Salty
  • Neutral
  • Aromatic


  • Bladder
  • Gallbladder
  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Large Intestine
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Pericardium
  • San Jiao
  • Small Intestine
  • Spleen
  • Stomach




Tonifies the Spleen

Augments Qi

Resolves Phlegm

Moderates Spasm

Alleviates Pain

Clears Heat

Relieves Fire Toxicity

Moderates and Harmonizes the Harsh Properties of other herbs


*The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult a licensed physician before taking supplements or new medication.
Please Note: Do not self-prescribe herbs. A single herb is rarely eaten on its own, but as part of a formula containing several ingredients that act together. Always consult a certified Tradtional Oriental Medicine practitioner before using herbs.



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