Your adrenal glands are small glands of the endocrine system that sit above the kidneys and are about the size of a walnut. They regulate blood pressure and functions involved with stress reduction.
Adrenal fatigue involves signs and symptoms, resulting in a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function is below the necessary level. Commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections.
This syndrome has been known by other names throughout the past century, such as Addison’s Disease and Cushing’s syndrome. Adrenal fatigue affects millions of people around the world, yet conventional medicine does not recognize it as a distinct syndrome.
What causes this? Fatigue is produced when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. The adrenal glands have to respond to the stress and maintain homeostasis. If their response is deficient, you are most likely to experience some degree of adrenal fatigue.
Signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue
Tiredness during the day.
Salty and sweet cravings.
Needing stimulants such as high doses of caffeine in coffee or colas.
Low blood pressure.
Loss of body hair.
Not recuperating from illnesses easily.
General body aches.
Feeling with more energy late in the afternoons than early in the day.
Difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. Even with a good night´s sleep.
Abrupt weight loss
To make an accurate diagnosis, doctors and naturopaths need to look at a range of tests. Some of these include cortisol testing, which is a test that is usually done 4 times over the course of a day, ACTH Challenge (adrenal corticotrophic hormone), which is testing baseline cortisol, then injecting ACTH and remeasuring the cortisol. Other tests include the thryoid function as the endocrine system is a delicate system in which one part of the system is not independent from another.
Dietary changes are also a very important part of healing the endocrine system. Timing your meals helps regulate cortisol and hormone balancing.
As your reflexology therapist, there is potential to help bring the endocrine system back into balance by working the endocrine system reflex points. I would encourage dietary and lifestyle changes as well to help reduce stressors and giving the adrenal glands a chance to rest and repair.