Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 25, 2007

Licorice acts as an adrenal stimulant and antacid. It contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that raises the body’s levels of the adrenal hormone cortisol. This occurs because licorice slows the breakdown of cortisol produced by the body. As adrenal function is often sub optimal in CFIDS/FMS, licorice can be helpful. Licorice also protects against stomach ulcers, whether in its ordinary form or in the form of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), a type of licorice extract from which the glycyrrhizin has been removed. In several head-on studies against pharmaceutical antacids and acid inhibitors such as cimetidine (Tagamet), DGL was found to be at least as effective against stomach and duodenal ulcers.

Take 2 to 3 grams (2,000 to 3,000 milligrams) of licorice root (not deglycyrrhizinated licorice [DGL]) twice a day for six to eight weeks. The patient may then taper off over a period of ten to fourteen days. Licorice can raise blood pressure or cause an overly high cortisol level if taken on an ongoing basis. It is best used short-term as a “jump-start” in raising cortisol levels. It also has antiviral properties, which can be very helpful in CFS.

After four to six weeks on licorice root, add 100-200+milligrams of Asian ginseng twice a day. This is safer than licorice. If it helps, it can be taken for an extended period (one to two years) in cycles of six weeks on and one to two weeks off.

Echinacea- 325 to 650 milligrams of encapsulated freeze-dried Echinacea plant or 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of dried Echinacea root three times a day. Take it in cycles of six weeks on and two weeks off–if taken continuously, it stops working.

May 25, 2007 - Posted by | Health |

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