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Does licorice root syrup help for any problems?

Does licorice root syrup help for any problems?

Yes and no: Licorice root can be used for a several illnesses, but medicinal herbs are medicinal and have toxicities just like synthetic meds. Some diseases are peptic ulcers, crohn's, irritable bowel, mouth ulcers, breath freshner. Toxicities include (not limited to) edema, high blood pressure, muscle weakness(possibly caused by interference with potassium levels). Don't take if on digoxin. Check with doc. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between black licorice and licorice root?

Is there a difference between black licorice and licorice root?

Yes: Black licorice is a candy, and licorice root is a plant (glycyrrhiza glabra). Black licorice candy contains glycyrrhizin, the compound made from black licorice root that's used as a sweetener. Glycyrrizin can cause body potassium levels to fall. There are de-glycyrrinated licorice supplements available, if using for that purpose. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm277152.htm. ...Read more

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Will licorice root tea help laryngitis?

Will licorice root tea help laryngitis?

Licorice Root Tea: Licorice root can also act as an expectorant ; help to soothe sore throats. ...Read more

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Can Licorice root extract boost my immune system?

Can Licorice root extract boost my immune system?

Depends who you ask!: I did a quick online search and found plenty of claims of immune system benefit from licorice root extract but none that I could quote as good high quality evidence. Check out http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-881-licorice.aspx?activeingredientid=881 which is best I could find. I'm hopeful my colleagues can edify both of us!. Also check out http://goo.gl/khYX2Z ...Read more

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How effective is licorice root for fighting depression?

How effective is licorice root for fighting depression?

Not very: Do not use: Licorice Root contains isoflavin and isoflavine which suppresses the breakdown of cortisol and slows the reuptake of serotonin, which may make it effective for mild depression. But is also contains glycyrrhizin which can cause potassium levels in the body to fall, leading to arrhythmias, BP increase, or heart failure. This can be deadly. Some recent supplies have also been contaminated with lead. ...Read more

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Will licorice root help me quit smoking?

Will licorice root help me quit smoking?

No, not unless...: No, licorice root will not affect one's ability to quit smoking, unless for some personal reason, the licorice root gives the person more self-confidence in his own ability to succeed in the challenge of "kicking the habit". ...Read more

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How much licorice root would you need to consume in order to significantly raise your blood pressure?

How much licorice root would you need to consume in order to significantly raise your blood pressure?

Licorice: Depends upon the person. There are significant differences in sensitivity, absorption, metabolism, and elimination between individuals. The response is more pronounced if you already have high blood pressure and less so in individuals with normal blood pressure. ...Read more

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Every day i take 450mg of a licorice root supplement bottled by solaray. I'm desperate to heal my pssd. How dangerous is my licorice root consumption?

Every day i take 450mg of a licorice root supplement bottled by solaray. I'm desperate to heal my pssd. How dangerous is my licorice root consumption?

Not dangerous but...: Licorice root has been used medicinally for thousands of years (it may be the most common herb used in chinese medicine). It contains glycyrrhizin, high doses of which can cause high blood pressure & fluid retention, but 450 mg/day is not a high dose. I know no evidence licorice helps pssd though i saw one online testimonial. See http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/licorice & my comment. ...Read more

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Is 4g licorice root/day likely to either harm me or interfere with clomid (clomiphene)?

Is 4g licorice root/day likely to either harm me or interfere with clomid (clomiphene)?

I doubt it: Very much, but these questions can't be answered scientifically: "licorice root" is not a regulated compound and so its safety and efficacy (or even how much licorice is in it) haven't been studied systematically, it's anybody's guess. It may be 4 grams, but 4 grams of what? And how much of the 4 grams is biologically active? Good luck! ...Read more

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Can the ingredients Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate(licorice root) and Zinc Coceth Sulfate interact with finasteride 1mg?

Can the ingredients  Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate(licorice root) and Zinc Coceth Sulfate interact with finasteride 1mg?

No: Finasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor and at a 1 mg dose is primarily used in the medical management of male pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia) and at a 5 mg dose used to treat lower urinary tract symptoms related to an enlarged prostate (BPH). I am both unaware of and would not expect any clinically significant interactions between finasteride and either licorice root or zinc sulfate. ...Read more

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Taking supplements for adrenal functions but need blood test..How long does siberian ginsing, licorice root and bovine stay in system?

Taking supplements for adrenal functions but need blood test..How long does siberian ginsing, licorice root and bovine stay in system?

Adrenal Fatigue: First off, in addition to dr. James wilson's af site, this guy has a good article on af, causes, treatment etc. http://tinyurl.com/b8x5rvr as to how long things are in the system...We look at what doc's call "half-life"..This is the time it takes to get 1/2 of it gone. They say it takes 5 half lives to totally clear it. The half lives are- sg .8-7.4 hrs lr 5 hours (what do you mean bovine?). ...Read more

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I wanted a dr opinion on dgl licorice root. Do you think it's safe? I think I have a ulcer. What test is best to find out if I do? Was on omeprazole

I wanted a dr opinion on dgl licorice root. Do you think it's safe? I think I have a ulcer. What test is best to find out if I do? Was on omeprazole

Safe: According to the literature I have read it is safe. Less side effects that omeprazole. If you think you have an ulcer, your best bet is to see your physician and do some testing. A H Pylori test can usually be done in an office setting. You might need an upper GI endoscopy. ...Read more

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Does dgl licorice root decrease the effectiveness of loestrin 24 birth control?

Does dgl licorice root decrease the effectiveness of loestrin 24 birth control?

Licorice: Licorice can decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives in general. Many have been studied, I do not know if loestrin has been evaluated. Generally, we tell patients that licorice can decrease the contraceptive effect of the pill. Licorice can also deplete your body of potassium, especially with chronic or heavy usage. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm 10 weeks pregnant..just realised I had some tea that contained some licorice root. will that cause a miscarriage?

Hi. I'm 10 weeks pregnant..just realised I had some tea that contained some licorice root. will that cause a miscarriage?

Unlikely: A healthy pregnancy is not likely to be disturbed by licorice root tea. I trust that for the sake of your and your baby's health, you are under the care of a doctor, if not, see one at the earliest. Wish you good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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