In nature, there is a huge number of useful plants that are used for the manufacture of medicines against many diseases. Some of them are indispensable in the fight against heart disease, others are widely used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and others help eliminate the symptoms of respiratory system diseases.
The miracle cure – licorice syrup belongs to the latter.
This medicine not only relieves cough, but also helps to strengthen the entire human body. Syrup from licorice root fights infection in a complex way, as it has a number of therapeutic properties, namely:
About the plant and its effects on the body
Licorice belongs to the medicinal plants of the legume family. In its composition, it has a large number of healing components that are used not only in folk but also in traditional medicine.
On its basis they make mixtures, pills, emulsions, tinctures and tinctures, as well as cough syrup effective for adults and for children.
Licorice cough is considered one of the best expectorant. It is prescribed for dry coughing, since the pharmaceutical action of the main component, glycyrrhizin, is based on enhancing the secretory function of the mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract, as well as stimulating the activity of the trachea and bronchi epithelium.
Flavonoid compounds, also included in its composition, provide an antispasmodic effect on the muscles of the bronchi, i.e. relieve spasm and relieve pain.
The mixture contains in its composition a large number of biologically active components, each of which in its own way acts on the patient’s body. This tool not only dilutes the sputum, thereby facilitating its discharge, but also allows you to achieve such an effect that many other drugs do not have – a disinfectant effect.
This contributes to the rapid healing of small wounds in the pharyngeal mucosa, which are often formed by a dry, strained cough.
In addition to local effects, this drug has a positive effect on the entire human body, increasing its resistance (resistance) to various adverse factors. Also, the syrup, due to its antimicrobial properties, fights against all pathogenic bacteria, in particular, its use is recommended for staphylococcal infections.
The main composition of the syrup
The drug contains 27 flavonoid compounds, essential oils, glycyrrhizin, polysaccharides and other substances. All of them in the complex provide a pronounced therapeutic effect.
One bottle of this drug includes:
- 10 g of 96% ethyl alcohol
- 4 g of plant root extract
- 90 g sugar syrup.
Indications for use
To take cough syrup is recommended for such diseases:
- bronchial asthma,
- tracheitis and others
Licorice syrup can be given to children from 10-12 years old. It is prescribed for any respiratory disease, accompanied by a strong cough.
The medicine has a pleasant taste, so young patients will be happy to take it.
Children who are only 2-3 years old, licorice tincture prescribed in exceptional cases and only after examination by a qualified doctor.
Contraindications and possible side effects
Even despite the vegetable origin, the drug can not drink to everyone. As mentioned above, with special caution it should be given to young children. Licorice root syrup should not be used for people with diabetes, arrhythmias and kidney disease. They take medication may lead to edema due to a delay in the body of excess fluid.
Another absolute contraindication is intolerance to any of the components of the drug. Also, the tool is not recommended to take during pregnancy and lactation.
One of the advantages of syrup is its reasonable price compared to other similar drugs. He also rarely causes allergies, and this explains the many positive reviews from patients.
However, this tool has some minor side effects. These include:
- stomach discomfort
- skin redness
- increase in blood pressure (in the case of long-term use).
Instructions for use
Syrup is recommended to be taken orally for 5-10 ml after a meal. Previously it needs to be diluted in 150-200 ml of warm water or tea. The course of drug treatment – 10 days.
Longer use can lead to undesirable side effects.
Children 10-12 years old are shown to take 50 drops of this syrup three times a day, diluted in half a glass of warm water. At 6-7 years old (only after consulting a doctor), 5-10 drops per teaspoonful of warm water can be given.
Children aged 2-3 years – no more than 2 drops, divorced in a teaspoon of water.
In addition to the syrup, the treatment of dry and wet cough can be carried out using licorice infusion. Preparation instructions: 3-5 bags of the plant root should be filled in 200 ml of boiling water, then tightly covered with a lid and heated for 30 minutes in a water bath.
Then the infusion should be cooled and thoroughly filtered. To the resulting volume you need to add a little boiled water.
It is recommended to consume several times a day, preferably after each meal.
However, it is worth remembering that consulting a specialist is not the only thing you need to know before using licorice. It is extremely important to get acquainted with the annotation attached to the drug, you can still read reviews about the treatment.
If you take the remedy uncontrollably or without a clear treatment plan, you can damage your health.