The adrenal glands are tiny organs located above your kidney. They responsible for producing hormones that support various bodily functions but majority of these hormones are responsible for our stress response especially the cortisol or stress hormone.
These glands plays a vital role in our overall health and if the stress hormone production becomes too little or too much, it would lead to a hormonal imbalance. Many underlying conditions can contribute to these imbalances such as adrenal gland disease, pituitary disease, and thyroid disease. In cases wherein the adrenal glands cannot produce enough hormones, it could lead to a disease called adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency in worst cases.
Due to the nature of adrenal fatigue, it is more treatable using natural treatments compared to adrenal insufficiency. One of the most common causes of adrenal fatigue is chronic stress. This stress can come in many sources, it could be from your job, your family, an existing condition, or even not having enough time for yourself to get a good night sleep or proper diet.
People suffering from adrenal fatigue may experience fatigue, insomnia, cravings, weight loss, brain fog, etc. Due to this generalized symptoms, adrenal fatigue is sometimes misdiagnosed for other health issues.
Nourishing your adrenal glands with herbal medicine to improve your adrenal health and bring back your body’s natural balance is a great alternative treatment for your adrenal fatigue. So here are different herbs for adrenal fatigue syndrome.
Ashwagandha for Adrenal Fatigue
A popular adaptogenic herb in natural medicine. It’s got a strong immune support properties for your immune health and it can help prevent ulcers that obviously are associated with stress and h pylori infections. Ashwagandha can help enhance the body’s adaptation to both chemical stressors and physical stressors which would greatly help with your adrenal fatigue symptoms.
It’s been shown to have a positive change in things like blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels. This herb is also very effective and studies have shown is how it can actually increase thyroid hormones, both t3 and t4 levels, in people who actually suffer with thyroid imbalances and improve their thyroid function. An Ashwagandha can be used not only support the adrenal glands but also support the thyroid gland.
Asian Ginseng/Panax Ginseng for Adrenal Fatigue
Asian ginseng or panax ginseng is a herb that’s been used for thousands of years. It’s been shown to improve stamina of your nervous system and mental clarity for people who suffer from mental fatigue, brain fog and emotional stressors. We highly recommend Asian/Panax ginseng for patients who experience chronic stress.
Cordyceps for Adrenal Fatigue
Cordyceps is an extremely helpful adaptogenic herb that has been used effectively to treat aging related disorders such as kidney toxicity, high cholesterol levels, loss of sexual desire or low libido, and and finally any kind of blockage that relates to liver and gallbladder.
Licorice Root for Adrenal Fatigue
Licorice root is one of the most popular adaptogenic herb and it’s also probably one of the most studied herbs but this is used for enhancing diminished adrenal function. Licorice has been used to help people who have low adrenal reserves for years. It’s been shown to be a tonic in terms of helping anti viral infections. It can help with ulcers, it’s anti-inflammatory and it can actually work as an adaptogenic herb with people men and women that have problems with estrogen.
Licorice root does have the capacity to raise blood pressure and in the process of also increasing blood pressure. It does that through the mechanism of increasing sodium retention. When you take these at high levels, I don’t see this very often, but it is something that you should know if you do take licorice. The practitioner that you’re working with you want to make sure that they are monitoring and maintaining and making sure that you won’t end up having high blood pressure. But based on my experience with my patients, long-term use again has been completely safe and effective.
Rhodiola rosea for Adrenal Fatigue
Rhodiola rosea is another herb that’s considered an adaptogen. An adaptogen is really a unique class of healing plants. they help balance, restore, revitalize and help protect the body against the stressors that come from oxidation and free radicals.
This Rhodiola rosea has also been used to decrease depression. A lot of studies has been showing the effects of this adaptogenic herb for depression. It helps stimulate the nervous system, it helps improve mental performance and eliminate mental and physical fatigue that we see over and over with people that have adrenal gland problems.
Essential Oils for Adrenal Fatigue
Essential oils in addition to herbal treatment is a great alternative and natural method in regaining your adrenal health and normal adrenal function.
So how does these essential oils help our bodies regain its normal funtion? Our body has odor receptors that can identify up to billions of odors. Though often neglected, your sense of smell can be a potent communication channel between your nervous system and the rest of your body.
When it comes to fighting adrenal fatigue, these odor receptors helps your body to soothe and energize various parts of your brain. This would help your adrenal glands in balancing stress hormones in your body, regaining normal life.
Aromatherapy is an effective approach for holistic health. Studies have shown that natural aromas and fragrances can produce positive response in your cognitive and brain function. With the right combination of aromatherapy and herbal medicine can help you fight adrenal fatigue symptoms such as poor mental clarity, mood, low energy levels, etc.
So here are some essential oils for adrenal fatigue we recommend;
Lavender is one of the most well-balanced essential oils for adrenal fatigue. This essential oil can be used in a variety of ways, you can put it in your food, bath product or for aromatherapy.
Lavender has a bioactive component called “terpenes”. Terpenes can help you calm down during late-night energy bursts, reduces anxieties related to adrenal fatigue, help removing fight or flight reactive state or stress response in the body, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and helps induce the rest and digest state of the body.
Frankincense is one of the popular go-to for herbalists when recommending herbal medicine. It helps you HPA or the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis that is responsible for your body’s response to stress, anxiety and cognition. Frankincense also calms your nervous system and helps in relieving adrenal fatigue symptoms such as brain fog and insomnia.
Nutmeg is commonly used as a spice in dishes but its essential oil is well-documented for their properties that supports adrenal health. This essential oil has many benefits for adrenal support, it helps the balance of your nervous and endocrine system, aids in maintaining your stress hormone levels, support healthy energy levels so there will be less stress for your adrenal glands, and an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory for your immune system to boost your immune function.
Similar to lavender, bergamot is known of its relaxing or calming effect which is beneficial patients experiencing adrenal fatigue. This essential oil can boost your mood when feeling acute stress or anxiety. It can support your parasympathetic nervous system when applied to the skin and help you regain good sleep quality.
Essential oils from pine can boost your energy levels in a healthy way without overstimulating your body. It is one of the recommended natural remedies for patients who suffer from severe adrenal exhaustion. In addition, pine can also help you boost your immune system for healthy immune function.
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