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Excessive use of herbal products can have harmful side effects

Excessive use of herbal products can have harmful side effects”

The herb has been believed to have a number of benefits including boosting respiratory system, immunity, digestion and even skin health.

Overconsumption of licorice tea may add health risks such as high blood pressure and reduced potassium levels. Researchers arrived at the conclusion after an 84-year-old man was hospitalised after drinking the tea. Too much consumption of some herbal products can have harmful side effects.

The researchers of the Canadian Medical Association Journal claim their study have shown that overconsumption of tea made from licorice root resulted in a severe elevation in blood pressure in an 84 years old man.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Falet from the Department of Neurology, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec reported in a statement, "Excessive amounts of some herbal products can have harmful side effects".

The drink is reportedly popular in Egypt, but a large amount of licorice in the body can be unsafe because it contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that can cause the body's potassium levels to drop. Potassium is a nutrient that is required by the body to keep levels of blood pressure optimal.

A man in Canada "overdosed" on licorice by drinking too much licorice tea, which caused his blood pressure to soar to risky levels, according to a new report of the case.

After admission to hospital and treatment, the patient, who had a history of high blood pressure, told physicians he had been daily drinking 1-2 glasses of homemade licorice root extract called "erk sous" for the past two weeks. The patient was suffering from chest pain, headache, fatigue, light sensitivity, and fluid retention in the calves; and his blood pressure was severely elevated. It is a popular drink in Egypt, where it is known as "erk sous", the authors wrote in the study. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion.



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