04-07-2009, 02:38 PM #31
how interesting. i know that licorice is used in many adrenal support formulas and have considered taking it for my adrenal glands (i have excessive dhea, which is produced by the adrenal glands)...so i guess it makes sense that it would also affect testosterone.
04-08-2009, 03:33 PM #32
hi all...licorice is a great supplement, but be careful...it is powerful medicine. it stops the breakdown of cortisol into its inactive form, so your adrenal glands don't have to try as hard to keep your cortisol levels at the necessary levels. however, it can also increase blood pressure and cause cortisol levels to be too high....you'll know if this happens because you might not be able to sleep, and you might start feeling depressed or irritable, your heart may race, or your hands & feet will get swollen with fluid retention.
i often take it for 3-4 days in a row then take a day or two off....i gauge how much licorice i should be taking by watching carefully for the symptoms listed above.
04-19-2009, 04:40 AM #33
is there anyone here who has had side effects with licorice like heart pounding or tight tingly feeling in legs
if so when licorice is stopped do these go away or is there any chance the side effects can be permanent?
04-20-2009, 01:49 PM #34
whew thanks arcticslug for very clear info!!! i think i'm going to pass on this one.1500mg met
Failed IVF 4/9/09
one partially open tube
& one poorly functioning ovary
04-24-2009, 03:35 PM #35...however, it can also increase blood pressure and cause cortisol levels to be too high....you'll know if this happens because you might not be able to sleep, and you might start feeling depressed or irritable, your heart may race, or your hands & feet will get swollen with fluid retention.
04-25-2009, 02:05 PM #36
although it isn't for everyone....for me, I think licorice root is helpful. if you don't feel good on it, lower the dose or don't take it.
an added benefit of licorice is that it can help prevent hyperkalemia (high potassium) due to spironolactone. Spiro causes the body to retain potassium, and lowers blood pressure. Licorice has the opposite effect, causing low potassium (which is why licorice can raise blood pressure). Basically they cancel each other out. I find taking the two together keeps my blood pressure and potassium levels at optimum levels. However, I still have to watch for symptoms of high cortisol.
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04-25-2009, 04:52 PM #37
if taking licorice does raise someones cortisol will simply stopping it reverse the raised cortisol?
anyon have firsthand experience with this and did it fully reverse after stopping the licorice?
also in chinese formulations if a product says.......one small round pill contains 10% licorice and the rest other ingredients, how much is this exactly in mg or grams? is there any way to find out?
Last edited by girl; 04-25-2009 at 04:56 PM. Reason: also whatrelation does cortisol have to dheas?
04-26-2009, 04:40 PM #38
I take licorice at night just before bed because the body releases cortisol at night. Therefore if cortisol levels are higher at night because of the licorice, the hypothalamus won't cause the adrenals to release as much DHEAS. I'm not entirely sure about this....but this is what I understand.
The following link shows the pattern of cortisol release throughout the day: http://www.qfac.com/images/circadian.gif
the following diagram shows the relationship between the hypothalamus, the adrenal glands, cortisol, and the androgens:
04-27-2009, 07:03 PM #39
wow thanks for such a detailed reply...appreciate it
also does anyone then know of herbs which will help restore the hypothalamus and pituitary considering these contol everything if they function properly the rest of thebody might fall into balance
04-27-2009, 07:28 PM #40
04-28-2009, 02:36 PM #41
The other symptoms that I sometimes get (racing heart, fluid retention) I think are related to loss of potassium that is associated with licorice...not the cortisol.
04-28-2009, 03:42 PM #42
04-28-2009, 05:14 PM #43
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That is really interesting. I am impressed at how "in tune" many of you are to your bodies. I'm trying to find out all I can about the different hormones/responses to see where I fit in. Thanks for sharing.
04-29-2009, 03:20 AM #44
my blood test showed normal cortisol and high dheas + testosterone
estrogen is a little low too
does licorice increase estrogen and decrease testosterone? or just lower testosterone?
anyoneknow of any natural ways to increase estrogen and decrease testosterone?maybe should i just work on my adrenals?
04-29-2009, 07:57 AM #45
one more question, does licorice permanently reduce testosterone or will it go high again after licorice is stopped?