12/12/2017

Licorice Root Side Effects

Licorice Root Side Effects

Licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a legume, and its roots have a sweet flavor. The roots contain compounds, like anethole and glycyrrhizic acid, that are responsible for the sweetness and other properties of this herb. Licorice was used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians for therapeutic purposes. This herb was used for dealing with stomach disorders as well as breathing problems. It was very widely used in Asia and Europe too. Today, licorice is used as flavoring representative and as a herbal medicine. It is offered as root extract, tablets, root tea, candies, etc. You may also come across tobacco products flavored with licorice. However, usage of licorice in high doses, that too for a long term, may result in serious side effects.

Treatment

Consulting the doctor is the first thing to do if these symptoms are observed. The doctor will ask the patient to carry out blood and urine tests. Treating dehydration is the first step to be followed as diarrhea causes dehydration. Therefore, the doctor will advise the person to have electrolytic fluids and water. In case of severe diarrhea and dehydration, hospitalization, and IV fluids may be required. The additional treatment totally depends on the underlying cause.

Causes

When talking about underlying causes, it has been observed that constipation, indigestion and diarrhea are the three most typically experienced conditions that cause stomach pain. Apart from these, the following are the other significant and possible causes to watch out for.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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  • Treatment: Proper diet along with medication prescribed by a doctor will help in the condition.
  • When the sacs in the intestines are formed, they will stay for a lifetime.
  • Changes in lifestyle is important to get relief.

Has Been Observed that Most of the Side Effects are Caused by High Dosages

Licorice roots should not be taken by people with high blood pressure, diabetes, cirrhosis, kidney problems, heart diseases, low blood potassium levels, estrogen-sensitive disorders, etc. Pregnant and nursing women and little kids need to also avoid use of this herb. It is much better to avoid licorice, if you are taking diuretics or heart medication. In case, you wish to use this herb for medicinal purposes, speak with a qualified herbal practitioner and follow his instructions.

Treatment: Proper high-fiber diet plan in addition to use of laxatives is recommended for treating this syndrome.

Stomach Ulcers

Pain in left side of the rib cage might also be a sign of the existence of stomach ulcer. Depending on the severity of the condition, the pain may last longer or many go away in a couple of minutes.