Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Candy Cure

I love licorice. John and I visited Finland a few years ago, and learned that the Finns love licorice too, so much so that we visited several candy stores in Helsinki whose sole product was licorice in hundreds of different forms. Salmiakki, a salt and licorice lozenge, was the only licorice product that I didn't devour by the bagful. I think it's an acquired taste. 

In any case, I have always thought that something that tastes so good must have some medicinal properties. 

Then I read this article posted yesterday in Medical News Today.
"What common oral condition appears as shallow ulcers of different sizes, affects one in five Americans, can be caused by food allergies and hormonal changes, and also can cause severe mouth pain? Commonly referred to as "canker sores," recurrent aphthous ulcers (RAU) now can be treated by an extract in licorice root herbal extract, according to a study published in the March/April 2008 issue ofGeneral Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal. 

The authors examined the effects of an over-the-counter medicated adhesive patch (with extract from the licorice root) for treatment of RAU versus no treatment. After seven days of treatment, ulcer size in the group who received the adhesive patch with licorice extract was significantly lower, while ulcer size in the no-treatment group had increased 13 percent. "

Sjoggies frequently deal with issues related to dry mouth. I'm not sure that canker sores are one of them, but if so, this would be a treatment that would be easy to swallow. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

OMG!! You are my sister from another mister and mother! I love black licorice!
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