Conditions Benefitted by Correction of Adrenal Fatigue
While fatigue is the most common presenting symptom of adrenal fatigue, it is by no means the only presenting condition. The failure to adjust to stress shows up in almost all body systems as disease states.
Let us discuss some of the conditions which are benefitted by regenerating (or replacing) adrenal function. Like the discussion on thyroid hormone therapy, it is truly amazing to discover that all these conditions are related to adrenal fatigue, but it becomes less amazing when we consider the almost global responsibility the adrenal glands have in regulation of the body under conditions of stress.
Diseases of the Respiratory System
- Common cold
- Pleurisy (exudative)
- Bronchial asthma
- Allergic bronchitis of children
- Cyclic vomiting
Kidneys, Bladder and Urethra Disorders
- Essential renal hematuria
- Chronic nephritis
- Acute hemorrhagic cystitis
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Allergic urethritis
- Purpura angiopathica
- Hypoplastic anemia
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Scapulohumeral arthritis
- Chronic eczema
- Erythema nodosum
- Contact dermatitis
- Psoriasis vulgaris
- Herpes zoster
- Urticaria perstans
- Herpes simplex
- Acne simplex
- Strophulus infantum
- Exudative erythema
- Juvenile verruca plana multiforme
- Chorioretinitis centralis
- Ocular neuritis
Ears, Nose and Throat Disorders
- Otitis media
- Catarrhal syringitis
- Otitis externa
- External eczema
- Allergic rhinitis
- Meniere’s syndrome
Most of these diseases will abate with the use of glycyrrhiza (licorice tea two to four times each day). Abatement occurs between three days and four weeks with cessation of the chronic stress condition. In more severe cases of adrenal exhaustion, it may be necessary to employ ACE and/or hydrocortisone as described below.
Parenthetically, back and neck pain can be greatly magnified by the presence of adrenal fatigue.
These illnesses (and probably many more) should be considered to be manifestations of adrenal fatigue and the inability to mount the general adaptation response as described originally by Selye in 1936.
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- Thorn GW, Forsham PHM Metabolic changes in man following adrenal and pituitary hormone administration Recent Progress in Hormone Research, Vol. IV New York Acad. Pr. 1949:229-288.
- Levitt MF, Bader ME Effect of cortisone and ACTH on fluid and electrolyte distribution in man Am J Med 11:715-723;1951.
- Jeffries W McK Low dosage corticoid therapy Arch Intern Med 119:265-278;1967.
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- Jeffries W McK Safe Uses of Cortisone Charles C Thomas Publisher;1981