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Acid Reflux; Gastroesophageal Reflux; Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD); Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease; Gastroesophageal ... 

Gan Cao; Glycyrrhiza glabra; Liquorice; Spanish Licorice; Sweet Root 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

Liquorice (Br.) or licorice (Am.) is the plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, in the Family Fabaceae from which a sweet flavour can be extracted. The liquorice plant is a legume related to beans and peas and native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. Very little commercial liquorice is grown in North America, but wild liquorice (G. lepidota) is quite common.


GERD as related to Licorice