The Unbelievable Power of Licorice Root for CIDP
Licorice root is gaining in popularity and it has unique benefits that may possibly help relieve some CIDP symptoms.
By Shiraz Abbas
Licorice root is known as the “sweet root”. It’s often used in candy and some drinks. Before its processing and commercialization, many people used licorice root for its medicinal properties.
One of the problems of CIDP is that, as its name says – Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy – is an inflammatory disease. There are multiple factors involved in CIDP that may be triggering inflammation. For example, people with autoimmune dysfunctions (like CIDP) will produce adrenaline for a variety of reasons (e.g. stress) which in turn increases inflammation in the body.
Inflammation also produces cortisol in your body. Cortisol is an anti-inflammatory hormone in your body, but if there is too much cortisol in your body, it leads to weight gain, diabetes (ever heard of diabetic neuropathy?), depression, anxiety etc. all of which can make your stress and CIDP worse. If you remember, we saw the strong link between stress and CIDP in a previous article.
Common in inflammatory diseases is not just the production of too much cortisol, but also the depletion of cortisol. This is because the adrenal gland, which produces adrenaline and cortisol, gets exhausted by always being on alert mode. The exhaustion of your adrenal gland sends your body into haywire with inflammation once cortisol stops. This is one reason why people with chronic inflammatory diseases like CIDP have to supplement with steroids in order to tame the inflammation in their bodies.
So where does licorice root come in?
Licorice root is potentially a ground-breaker because one of its benefits is that it may relieve the adrenaline gland in the body and stimulate it and may as a result lead to producing healthy levels of cortisol in the body again and hence help your body deal with inflammation in a better way.
If you want to try out licorice root, you won’t find any benefits in candy or sodas. But you may find benefit in it if you take it in powder format from specialty retailers or drink teas with good amounts of licorice in them. A good brand that often contains licorice root is the Yogi brand of tea.
Remember that too much licorice root can lead to severe health problems. Make sure to talk to your doctor before experimenting with it.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.