Physicians presented recently a case where a man with a hypertensive emergency was hospitalized. He suffered from severe headaches, chest pain and had difficulty Breathing. His blood pressure was a dangerously high value. The cause for the Hypertensive crisis was initially unclear. Later it turned out that the herbal tea consumption had triggered the emergency.
Canadian Doctors warn of a high consumption of herbal teas that include licorice. In a case study of an 84-year-old patient, the Team showed that a licorice containing tea for a life-threatening Hypertensive crisis was responsible. The case was published in the medical journal “cmaj”.
The case: An 84-year-old canadian returns to the emergency room of a hospital in Montréal in. He complained of symptoms such as light sensitivity, severe fatigue, chest pain, difficulty breathing, high blood pressure and headaches. Investigations showed that the man had a blood pressure of 196/66 mm Hg. Its potassium content in the blood was reduced and its blood pH is abnormally high (metabolic alkalosis).
Intensive treatment with multiple drugs, his condition improved within a few days. In the case of a medical survey of the possible causes of the man was, that he daily drank one to two glasses of homemade licorice wurzeltees. Although it was known that licorice can increase blood pressure, is not he brought the licorice-herbal tea values, in conjunction with his rising blood pressure.
“Products, the licorice root contain extract, can increase blood pressure, cause water retention and potassium levels lower if they are excessively consumed,” says Dr. Jean-Pierre see of the clinic for neurology of the McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Süßholztee be, for example, in the Middle East, in Parts of Europe and in Egypt, popular. The tea is drunk in some cultures, like during Ramadan, because he can hunger feelings. Patients and Physicians should be aware that high licorice consumption can lead to a difficult-to-control hypertension, the medical specialist. In particular, patients with hypertension should be especially careful in the consumption of licorice.
The complaints of the patient improved under the intensive treatment. After a three-week abstinence from licorice extract his blood pressure values were Hg 110/57 mm, and he felt well. The blood test showed that his potassium level was normal (3.8 mmol/l).
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Licorice, the root of the Plant “Real licorice” (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is. Extracts of the root have been used for Thousands of years as an essential component for a variety of sweets and drinks. The most popular liquorice product is licorice. As a medicinal plant, licorice has a long Tradition. The root contains Glycyrrhizin. This substance has anti-inflammatory and also anti-viral properties. As a medicinal plant licorice is, for example, in the case of flu, Bronchitis, gastric mucosa inflammation (Gastritis), stomach cramps, Herpes, diarrhea and rheumatism used. In addition, licorice Hunger – and thirst feelings, which is why it is not only earlier in the Roman army to the standard equipment of count, but even today, in the month of Ramadan is drunk.
According to the canadian Medical scientists and doctors, the blood pressure-enhancing effect of licorice to the fact that a certain Receptor is activated by the consumer. The so-called mineralocorticoid receptor regulates the kidney and the large intestine the water-electrolyte balance in the body. The over-Activation triggers several processes in the body, which ultimately lead to a loss of potassium and hydrogen ions, resulting in the rising blood pressure and increasing blood ph resulting value. (vb)