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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 170735, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/170735
Case Report

Liquorice Health Check, Oro-Dental Implications, and a Case Report

Department of Periodontics Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, 3640 University Street, Montreal, QC, Canada H3Y 2B2

Received 16 April 2009; Accepted 11 June 2009

Academic Editor: Mohammad Abdollahi

Copyright © 2009 Louis Z. G. Touyz. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Liquorice has an active substance, Glycyrrhizin which inhibits the conversion of precursor cortisol to cortisone by inhibiting the enzyme 11-betahydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. When imbibed, liquorice acts like hyperaldosteronism which presents with typical symptoms including high blood pressure, low blood potassium, and muscle pain and weakness. This article appraises physiological and pharmacological effects on health of liquorice, critiques products containing liquorice, describes a typical case report of liquorice-induced hypertension, and appraises oral effects from consumption of liquorice products.