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Old 03-27-2007, 10:04 PM   #1
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Licorice Root Powder?

I presume many of you have heard of Dr Baschetti who treated himself for chronic fatigue with licorice powder.

Apparently glycyrrhizin, a glycoside present in the licorice root, causes the adrenal glands to secrete more hormones which can supposedly cause a significant reduction in fatigue for those who have adrenal insufficiencies.

Dr Baschetti suggests approximately 2.5g of powder per day mixed with 500mL of whole cow's milk taken in the mornings as a unique breakfast. The milk he says is very important due to its high caloric value and high sodium content.

Has anyone had any success with licorice powder? If so, how much do you take and do you mix it with milk as Dr Baschetti suggests or do you have an alternative method?

Thanks.

 
Old 11-11-2007, 08:20 AM   #2
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Re: Licorice Root Powder?

Cake 2, before using this supplement, I'd recommed that you see your doctor first and have your cortisol levels tested properly. If adrenal insufficiency is suspected, the doctor will most likely run a blood testing procedure known as the Cortrosyn stimulation test to see how well your adrenal glands respond and if they are secreting the appropriate amounts of cortisol. If this comes out fine, then there is no need for the licorice powder. If it turns out that you do have low cortisol, then the standard treatment is, of course, low dose corticosteroids.

I'd recommend using the standard medications like prednisone or hydrocortisone over licorice anyday as they are proven clinically. Keep in mind that adrenal insuffiency is NOT the same illness as CFS even though there are some overlapping patients out there. It's best to always get this checked out first before attempting to self treat.

Hope that helps and please ask questions if you have any.

 
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