Gan Cao (Liquorice root)
Gan Cao is one of the most influential herbs used in TICM.Gan Cao contains more than 20 triterpenoids (have a variety of pharmacological activities including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, regulation of immune function, etc.) and 300 flavonoids (beneficial anti-inflammatory effects and they protect your cells from oxidative damage that can lead to disease). In recent years, a lot of studies have reported that the active compounds isolated from Gan Cao possess antitumor, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, and several other activities that contribute to the recovery and protection of the nervous, alimentary, respiratory, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems. Liquorice extract is renowned as an herb which tonifies (strengthens) Qi and nourishes Spleen Qi. Qi equates to energy. Vibrant Spleen Qi promotes healthy digestion, good metabolism, strong immunity, and healthy Blood. Liquorice extract expels phlegm and stops cough; clears heat and resolves toxicity, relaxes spasms, and alleviates pain, helps against viruses. In this study PMID: 34899289 it has been researched for its effects on those with c****-19. To sum up, liquorice has the potential to adjuvant prevent and treat COVID-19. It not only plays a significant role in anti-inflammation and anti-ACE-2, but also significantly improves the clinical symptoms of fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath, suggesting that liquorice is expected to be a candidate drug for adjuvant treatment of patients with early / mild c****-19.