Saturday, July 29, 2006

Licorice Root for Ulcers

A friend of mine tell me that she suffer from frequent bouts of gastritis and a history of ulcers. She take Tagamet but it makes her feel tired all day. I tell her to try an herbal remedy, such as extract of licorice root.
First we've learned that a bacteria called H. pylori is implicated in many cases of ulcers once thought to be due to stress or excess stomach acid. The presence of this bacteria can usually be determined with a simple blood test, and antibiotics can cure the condition.
In cases where H. pylori is not present, or where symptoms are mild, the use of an herbal remedy, an extract of licorice root called DGL, can be effective. This form is deglycyrrhizined, which means that a component with a potent cortisone-like effect is removed. DGL, therefore, does not cause side-effects such as high-blood pressure, which regular licorice can trigger. I have seen long standing stomach problems clear up completely with this herb. It works by increasing mucus production in the stomach, thus protecting the lining. It is also anti-inflammatory.
Two other plant medicines are helpful as well. Ginger root is known to increase mucus production, and aloe vera juice is a great healer, soothing the entire gastrointestinal tract when it is taken daily.
Licorice Root (Glandular) has a long history of use by cultures throughout the world. Licorice was so valued in ancient Egypt that even King Tutankhamen was buried with a supply. Licorice is included in most Chinese herb combinations to balance the other herbs and to promote vitality. It is widely used as a flavoring, not only for candy (although most modern licorice candies are flavored with anise) but also in cough drops, syrups, tonics and laxatives. It flavors certain kinds of beer, frozen dairy desserts, gelatins, puddings and meat products. The sweet root can be chewed as a special treat.

7 comments:

"Δημήτριος ο Ταξιδευτής" said...

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bravo.

"Δημήτριος ο Ταξιδευτής" said...

very informative your blog!!
bravo.

Deepak Gopi said...

your page is highly informative.In India we follow traditional system of medicine
called 'ayurveda'.Now most of the Indians have understood the side effects of allopathy and are slowly shifting towards naturopathy and ayurveda.
Your page is a guideing light.

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Patricia Pomeroy Tanner said...

There is one thing about licorice that some might not know. If the person suffering from stomach problems has high blood pressure they shouldn't eat and form of licorice, as it does raise the blood prssure.

Patricia Pomeroy Tanner said...

There is one thing about licorice that some might not know. If the person suffering from stomach problems has high blood pressure they shouldn't eat and form of licorice, as it does raise the blood prssure.

Patricia Pomeroy Tanner said...

Licorice can raise the blood pressure so if someone is hypertensive they shouldn't eat licorice in any form.