Monday, January 12, 2009

Endometriosis and Licorice

As we mentioned in previous articles, endometriosis growing somewhere else other than the endometrium also reacts to hormonal signals of the monthly menstrual cycle by building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through the menstrual period. As we know, herbs play a very important role in some cultures in treating all kinds of diseases. In this article, we will discuss how licorice helps to treat endometriosis.

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I. Definition
The licorice plant is a legume and native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It has been used in treating women with endometriosis because of its isoflavones property.

II. How licorice effects women with endometriosis
1. Hormone balancing
Since it contains isoflavones, it helps to regulate the estrogen and progesterone hormones by blocking the enzyme that breaks down progesterone. Because of its phytoestrogenic activity, it can also raise or lower the levels of estrogen in the women body which is essential for women with endometriosis.

2. Water retention
Since licorice also helps to regulate the hormone aldosterone because over-production of aldosterone causes water retention which is a symptom of endometriosis.

3. Symptoms of endometriosis
Since licorice also helps in protein and fat metabolism by secreting the steroid hormones known to stimulate the production of androgen testosterone, it helps to balance the over-production of some members in the prostaglandins hormone that cause symptoms of endometriosis.

4. Nervous system
Licorice contains substances similar to adrenal cortical hormone which helps to increase function of adrenal glands. This helps to reduce tension of nervous system during distress.

5. Licorice and Immune system
Licorice is also a powerful herb that has been proclaimed to help the liver in protein and fat metabolism resulting in enhancing the immune system in fighting against forming of free radicals and endometrial implants and adhesion.

Since endometriosis is treatable and manageable by natural remedies and a self help course, if you have endometroisis, please look on the bright side.

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