The Licorice Plant – An Herbal Remedy For Menopause

The licorice herb, also called Glycyrrhiza glabra, is made from the licorice plant. Not only do women currently use it to control symptoms of menopause, but people throughout history have used it as well.

Ancient Chinese, Hindu, Greek, and Egyptian people all used this herb. In Egypt, it was thought that this herb was an essential ingredient in making a special drink taken in the after life. Because of this, many Egyptian royalties (even King Tut) were buried with licorice root.

But, you are not an ancient Egyptian, so let’s focus our attention on all of the benefits that this herb offers menopausal women.

What can it do for me?

It can help fight symptoms of menopause such as depression, fatigue, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness, headaches, and digestive issues.

Along with fighting your menopausal symptoms, it can also help you with health issues that are not related to menopause. These include yeast infections, asthma, ulcers, athlete’s foot, colds, heartburn and canker sores.

It is an anti-inflammatory.

What are the side effects?

It can cause high blood pressure, so see your doctor before you begin taking this supplement. Also, if you are pregnant you should visit your doctor before you start taking any supplements.

Because using this herb constantly can lead to negative effects such as water retention and high blood pressure, it’s suggested that you stagger your ingestion. Take supplements for four days in a row, and then stop for two weeks before taking them again.

And if you’re not looking for a laxative, don’t take these supplements! They have a mild laxative effect… which could also be a benefit depending on what state your tummy is in.

What forms are the supplements available in?

Licorice herb supplement are available as pills, teas, drops, and chews. Although licorice candy is delicious, it does not actually contain licorice. This candy is actually flavored with anise.

How does it work?

The licorice plant and herb contain two types of plant estrogen: lignans and isoflavones. These plant estrogens give our bodies estrogen-like effects which can help to relieve symptoms of low estrogen and balance hormone levels.

Elizabeth A. O’Brien invites you to visit her website http://www.estrogensource.com to learn more about naturally balancing your menopausal hormones.

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