How much licorice do I take? That's pretty good, especially considering my age.
But before the licorice my readings were dangerously low. It got me into the Hospital in the U.S. without waiting for hours, I was a liability risk. My blood pressure indicated I would be likely to pass out and crack my skull falling.
It helps with the OI I experience but it did not really raise my bp all that much. My bp went from 86/58 to 92/59 after I started using it. (Actually Mutaflor is what got my bp into the "normal" range of about 105/69.)
So, I'm not sure why I need it but I do and feel it if I miss a day or two.
As some had said, it can cause high bp and lower potassium to dangerous levels but some "adrenal fatigue" doctors I've read said people with "adrenal fatigue" (not ME) have high potassium anyway. I haven't found anything to back that up but am just mentioning it.
I've had hyponatremia (low sodium) several times but never tested positive for low potassium. ??
I know that in nutritional health, Licorice root is often used to help replenish depleted adrenal glands along with adaptogenic herbs. Adrenal glands are how the body stores reserve energy. If you experience prolonged stress over many months or years the adrenals can become worn out beyond repair. Some people think that adrenal fatigue, if it goes unhealed, passes the point of no return and becomes Chronic Fatigue, meaning you can no longer produce any reserve energy in the body. Again, it’s just a theory, although a long standing one. But as for licorice (in diluted tea form without any additives or sugar in it ) it is said to slowly repair the adrenals AND is anti-viral AND helps with digestion, all of which could help us. But yes dosage matters - just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s harmless, take all things in moderation and consult a doctor.
A small warning not to get your hopes up: Licorice is good for a lot of things but it’s a slow healer, like you might feel stronger over the course of a year, maybe two so it’s still helpful but I don’t think you will suddenly feel fantastic within a week. I’d say its more of a help than a cure.
@nina22 Thanks for this. It's encouraging, and I don't even mind it takes a year or two. It's totally worth a try. And it's good to know that going slow it the way to do it. Otherwise, it's tempting to overdo it.