Licorice has a long history of use in traditional medicine, and is primarily used for gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and peptic ulcers. This long-standing traditional herb is provided in a complementary base of activated charcoal. Primarily used by emergency personnel and hospitals for acute poisonings and overdoses, activated charcoal has also been widely available over-the-counter in pill form to help reduce diarrhea, flatulence and stomach trouble. In light of the increasingly frequent cases of food contamination with pathogenic bacteria (such as E. coli O157), activated charcoal has also become a staple in the medicine cabinet of many homes all across the globe. This product is not intended for long-term accumulation of toxins (e.g. herbicide residues in food), nor is it to be used for severe poisoning or drug overdoses. These situations are best treated by emergency personnel in a medical setting.