Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 19, 2007


I’ve heard of Licorice Root as I’m familiar with a lot of the herbs now but I never knew it could be used for adrenal exhaustion.

Licorice Root

We know this herb for its wide use as a candy flavoring, but its value goes far beyond that. The dietary use of licorice goes back several thousand years. Licorice root has been used by traditional herbalists as a general tonic and for respiratory support. It also supports the liver.

Licorice is included in most Chinese herb combinations to balance the other herbs and to promote vitality. It has a reputation for helping the entire body maintain balance (particularly helpful to women who menstruate) and promoting well-being.

Licorice contains triterpenoid saponins, flavonoids, isoflavonoids, magnesium, silicon, sodium and other beneficial constituents.

Adrenal Support

“The adrenal glands often suffer from dietary and social abuses. They are constantly whipsawed by junk food, coffee, alcohol,overwork, insomnia, lack of exercise, anger, and anxiety. This is what is known as ‘adrenal exhaustion’. The most evident signs are fatigue, irritability, muscle weakness, inability to concentrate, indigestion, poor food assimilation, and periodic bouts of depression. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, manifests just about all of these symptoms, as does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Unless the adrenals are looked after, conditions can worsen and lead to serious illness such as Addison’s Disease,which is life-threatening. Besides the more obvious changes (diet) there is also herbal help. Licorice Root is to the adrenals what a nice soaking in a tub of hot water followed up with a hand Swedish massage is to tired, aching muscles and joints. Licorice quickly tones the adrenals by relaxing and strengthening them to continue pumping out adrenalin but in more measured amounts.

Of the 150-plus chemical compounds in this medicinal root, glycyrrhizin ( or glycyrrhizinic acid) is the most active principle. Glycyrrhizin is 50 times sweeter than sucrose.” Source: Healing Power Of Herbs, Dr. John Heinerman

“An herb that feeds the adrenal glands and helps the body adapt is called an “adaptogen.” Adaptogen herbs offer the materials needed to make the hormones and secretions so crucial to balance. Licorice Root is a long-favored adaptogen herb for building strength. Licorice’s nature and properties so closely match the needs of the gland’s hormone composition that hormones are then produced by the body quickly and with little effort.” Source: Herbal Health Newsletter,Vol. 6. No. 2

“Licorice contains glycyrrhizinic acid, starch and sugars in this herb contribute toward the strength and energy of the body and helps to build up the entire system. Experiments have shown that Licorice has cortisone-like properties. It has been found to have a very beneficial and nourishing effect on the adrenal glands if some portion of the gland is healthy. Addison’s disease, which decreases adrenal cortex secretions, has been treated with success with licorice extracts. Licorice is known to stimulate the production of the cortin hormone which is useful when the body is under mental and emotional stress and helps with the coping process.” Source: Today’s Herbs, Vol.XII Number 10

“Rapidly failing blood sugar level can affect both the mind an the body. The brain, which uses glucose as fuel. may be affected. The lack of sugar delivered to the brain and to the body provides one mechanism whereby low blood sugar causes symptoms. But there is another mechanism. When the sugar level falls, the body can quickly compensate, raising it again by pouring out adrenalin from the adrenal glands. The response is seen in a sudden fright or in a typical anxiety reaction. Think of the phrase: “My adrenalin was flowing” and you’ll know what it means.

Adrenalin is a very rapid acting hormone that can change the physiology of the body in less than a minute. In fact, the reaction is so fast that commonly during a glucose tolerance test, the doctor does not even have time to collect a blood specimen before the blood sugar has shot up much higher than it was just a moment earlier, before the adrenaline release took place.

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May 19, 2007 - Posted by | Health | ,

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