1/2 ounce of licorice root boiled in 1 pint (2 cups) of water for 15 minutes
Licorice has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions, but it can still have <strong>adverse effects</strong>. Licorice, or any herbal preparation, is best used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. Moderate amounts of licorice could lead to muscle pain or numbness in the arms and legs or weight gain. Consumption of high doses of glycyrrhizin could lead to headaches, fatigue, water retention (edema), high blood pressure, or possibly a heart attack.
The use of licorice is not advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Licorice can cause fluid retention and has been associated with preterm labor.
Licorice should be avoided by anyone who has:
•High blood pressure
•Men with decreased libido or sexual dysfunction