Doctors warn of liquorice tea hypertension risk

A Sydney woman's herbal liquorice brew caused severe hypertension: case report

Australian doctors have warned of the dangers of herbal teas containing liquorice after a woman became severely hypertensive from drinking her homemade brew.

The 51-year-old woman presented to a Sydney hospital ED with a six-week history of headaches, nausea and vomiting and mild lower limb oedema, according to a case report in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Nepean Hospital consultant endocrinologist Dr Ravind Pandher and colleagues write that her hypertension and weakness was caused by liquorice-induced apparent mineralocorticoid

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