Licorice root in folk medicine
Licorice (or otherwise called Lakritsa) is a perennial plant widely used in folk medicine. For treatment use rhizomes of licorice. Recently, more and more attention to the plant has been shown by traditional medicine. And this is not accidental.
The spectrum of licorice is very wide. It has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, choleretic, laxative, expectorant, anti-tubercular, healing properties. Thus, licorice is successfully used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, digestive system organs, respiratory system. And in the west licorice is actively used in the treatment of stomach ulcers.
Licorice root and pregnancy
And now, as often happens, despite such wonderful properties and abilities of this plant, it is absolutely contraindicated in pregnancy. And there are two reasons for this.
First, licorice significantly changes the water-salt metabolism in the body. And for a future mother, this is fraught with consequences. After all, with this order of things, one or two can develop edema. A swelling is known to be the first step towards a late toxicosis of pregnant women, the most severe and threatening stage of which is eclampsia. In general, from licorice to eclampsia is not so far away. Therefore, the risks in this case are quite large.
Secondly, presumably, the root of licorice causes hormonal (adrenocorticoid) activity in the body. And with hormones during pregnancy do not flirt at all.
However, you have the right to know that in some countries licorice is still allowed for use during the period of bearing a child. If you are willing to take the risk, it is better to consult a doctor first. And just in case, know that in addition to pregnancy, this plant has other contraindications:
- diabetes mellitus;
- Individual hypersensitivity to the components of the drug;
- impaired liver and kidney function;
- severe obesity;
But the licorice can be given to children without fear, which is successfully used by many modernized parents, mainly in the treatment of cough.