Licorice is an herb that grows in parts of Europe and Asia. The root is used as medicine. Licorice root contains glycyrrhizic acid. Glycyrrhizic acid can cause complications when eaten in large quantities. Many "licorice" products manufactured in the U.S. actually don't contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the characteristic smell and taste of "black licorice."
Licorice is used for eczema, swelling (inflammation) of the liver (hepatitis), mouth sores, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Possibly Effective for Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
Insufficient Evidence for Canker sores
Insufficient Evidence for Dental plaque
A hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with cysts (polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS).
A long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS).
An autoimmune disease that causes widespread swelling (systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE).
Andrographis is a plant that is native to South Asian countries such as India and Sri Lanka. The leaf and underground stem are used to make medicine. Andrographis is used for the common cold, osteoarthritis, infection of the throat and tonsils (tonsillopharyngitis), a type of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Andrographis might work by stimulating the immune system. It might also prevent influenza viruses from binding to cells in the body.
An inherited fever disorder (familial Mediterranean fever).
Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa L.) has been used as a folk medicine to treat diabetes in various parts of the world, primarily southeast Asia. People use the leaves to make medicine. Some people take banaba by mouth for prediabetes, diabetes, or weight loss. Banaba seems to lower blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes, according to very early research. It might help the body use insulin more efficiently.
Cissus quadrangularis is a plant that has been revered for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Historically, it has been used to treat many conditions, including hemorrhoids, gout, asthma, and allergies.
Cissus quadrangularis is used particularly to treat the following conditions:
Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb. It’s classified as an adaptogen, meaning that it can help your body manage stress. Ashwagandha also provides numerous other benefits for your body and brain. For example, it can boost brain function, lower blood sugar and cortisol levels, and help fight symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Bacopa, also known as brahmi, is a plant that has been used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). Be careful not to confuse brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) with gotu kola and other natural medicines that are also sometimes called brahmi. Bacopa is commonly used for Alzheimer's disease, improving memory, anxiety, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among many other uses. But there is limited scientific research to support these uses.
Mucuna pruriens is a legume which contains levodopa.
Although, mucuna pruriens can help reduce the motor symptoms of PD like any source of levodopa, the amount of levodopa in a supply of mucuna pruriens is unreliable and unregulated.
As with any “natural” remedy, it is important always to investigate and learn more before deciding if it is right for you. The claims sometimes made about alternative and natural remedies are often not as simple and clear as they seem to be.
Studies which gave single doses of mucuna pruriens to people with PD showed that it may have a faster onset of action and last longer than carbidopa/levodopa without increasing dyskinesias.
A compound called berberine is one of the most effective natural supplements available. It has very impressive health benefits, and affects your body at the molecular level. Berberine has been shown to lower blood sugar, cause weight loss and improve heart health, to name a few. It is one of the few supplements shown to be as effective as a pharmaceutical drug.
Insufficient Evidence for
An infection of the intestines that causes diarrhea (cholera).
Curcumin is a yellow pigment found primarily in turmeric, a flowering plant of the ginger family best known as a spice used in curry. It’s a polyphenol with anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to increase the amount of antioxidants that the body produces.
Curcumin and the curcuminoids found in turmeric can be extracted to produce supplements that have a much higher potency than turmeric. However, curcumin is absorbed poorly during digestion, so a myriad of different formulations have been created to improve its bioavailability.
What are Curcumin’s benefits ?
Reduces markers of Inflammation and increases the levels of endogenous antioxidants in the body.
Improvement in the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and pain and function in osteoarthritis.
A reduction in LDL-cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure is possible.
Boswellia, or Indian frankincense, is a resin herbal extract from the boswellia tree, which natural medicine practices have used for centuries. Its anti-inflammatory effects mean that it may help with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma.