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  1. Yes sir. Though it's no cure for CH, I'm optimistic that licorice is a good (and safe) management tool. I took 2 droppers with a little water, 3 times daily as a preventative. (I only used it once as an onset treatment, so that was inconclusive.) I had no side effects (good or bad). It even tasted mildly like the candy. I found nothing wrong with using licorice, and yet something about my CHs was definitely changed. As well, I was especially pleased since my previous CH season had lasted much longer at 4 months. (That's 4 months without a beer!) We'll see what happens next
  2. Hi. I'm a newbie that just finished a relatively short cluster season...My last CH was on March 13th. Though I've had CHs for about 12 years, I've never posted on this site before now. For relief during these years, I too, have tried all the drugs mentioned by others on this site, but 5 years ago O2 became my sole method for treatment. 7 - 12 liters per minute of blessed relief... Anyway, after the unexpected retirement of my neurologist, getting my oxygen equipment was delayed for a couple weeks this year...I was 2 weeks into the daily CH pain when I found this forum and THIS topic.
  3. I found Licorice Root Extract at Whole Foods. The sales person said it was the same a tinture. I couldn't argue. Brand name Herb Pharm. 1:2 with 19-29% grain alcohol. 20-40 drops per dose is recommended. Cost $11.29 for 1 ounce. Interesting flavor in a little water... Time for just 2 doses before bedtime yesterday. Really different results over night, too. I have a habit of rating my CHs on a 1-10 scale, and unlike normal I had 4 CHs last night as well (instead of 1-2). The difference was that all of them lasted only 10 minutes with a pain level of around 2. The pain ne
  4. Ha. I'm currently working on the Atkins plan as I trim up for summer fashion, so I'll have to pass on the banana split. However, I may considered a couple shots of Licorice Tinture water...as soon as I find some
  5. Hi Carol. Just a little food for thought, as they say... When I started having clusters in 1999, I couldn't find (or didn't know what to look for) any information about what I was experiencing. My family doctor had no clue as well. "Take two Tylenol..." At the time my clusters seemed to "start" in an area of my upper left jaw. That seemed to be the center of the pain with it radiating outward from there. As a result, I assumed it was related to a toothache. In fact, I discovered that eating a box of ice cream in the dark was very soothing (I couldn't even feel the usual "brain
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