Licorice root can be used to combat coronavirus in Turkmenistan. The healing properties of this plant have been known for hundreds of years. It treats asthma, allergies, and helps fight viruses. The head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov suggested using these properties at one of the government meetings. After all, Turkmenistan is one of the world's main exporters of licorice, the correspondent of the MIR 24 TV channel Dmitry Barbash reports.
The thickets on the shore are a natural storehouse of health. Licorice is often compared to ginseng. It is also called brawler or Turkmen liquorice. In terms of quality and consumer properties, this is one of the best plants in the world.
“There are four types of licorice in the flora of Turkmenistan. Of greatest practical interest is licorice nude. Licorice root is used as a medicinal raw material in all countries of the world. Licorice root contains glucose, sucrose, pectin substances, glycyrrhizin,”said Meret Bayramov, director of the Buyan agro-industrial complex of the Turkmendermansenagat association of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan.
Tens of thousands of tons of licorice are collected annually in the valley of the Amu Darya and Syrdarya rivers. It is snapped up by pharmacists. On the basis of the root, drugs are made for allergies, colds, bronchial asthma, eczema and antiviral drugs.
“Licorice is a part of more than 350 medicines. At the Technology Center we have experiments on the production of bioactive substances and on the creation of phytosomal medicines,”said Batyr Danatarov, head of the laboratory for the production of medicines at the Technology Center of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan.
The agro-industrial complex is the only one in Turkmenistan where licorice is processed. It has the most modern equipment. Products go to the domestic market and are exported to dozens of countries in Europe and Asia.
“When all of humanity is threatened by a coronavirus infection, scientists have identified the activity of glycyrrhizic acid against viruses, bacteria, and especially against coronavirus infection. The esteemed President noted the need to expand the national pharmaceutical industry, create an enterprise for the production of this acid, expand international cooperation,”said Ogulmyakhri Geldieva, director of the information center of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan.
Tea, extracts, balms, capsules with useful substances are made from licorice root. As the heads of the enterprise emphasize, their products meet the highest international quality standards.