When I came down with CFS about 1999, Licorice was one of the items that assisted me to full remission by 2001.
Licorice comes in several forms, we are NOT talking about a confectionery candy. There is a pure Licorice candy called Spezzata which Cap’n Dave introduced me to in 1999 and which I continues to use. The active ingredient is Glycyrrhiza.
What does it do?
It does almost everything that you really want from a supplement: PubMed studies report that it alters microfloras, is anti-bacterial, Inhibits viruses(including EBV via a unique mechanism, and rota-virus). It reduces inflammation, depression and crosses the blood-brain-barrier.
In terms of the thyroid, it increases the biological half-life of cortisol and potentiates the action of hydrocortisone.
It has been documented in patient studies to reduce symptoms — in fact, there are published reports of remission. This report is very creditable if EBV is the primary pathogen.
Three ways of taking
The report of remission was by dissolving taking 2.5 grams of extract dissolved in a pint of milk. Taking 40 grams/day as capsules did not result in remission.
The last approach is using Spezzata and dissolving it in the mouth (possibly with warm milk, hot chocolate or a latte). This is my usual method.
Licorice may cause adverse interactions with some drugs so you should review any use of it with your medical resources.
- Spezzata – this can sometime be purchased in bulk (1 kg), but until you see that it is helping, just buy 40 grams
- Licorice Capsules – if no impact from the capsules: open them up and dissolve in milk (5 capsules = 2.5 grams)
- Licorice Powder (about 1/2 the price per oz as capsules)