Posted 12/18/2014 10:11 AM (GMT -7)
DIFFERENT TREATMENTS FOR ONE’S ADRENAL ISSUES
1 Cortisol-lowering supplements (for high cortisol as shown with saliva, NOT blood). Patients use cortisol lowering supplements, which include Holy Basil, Phosphatidylserine (PS), zinc, etc. See pages 106 – 108 in the revised STTM book.
2 Adaptogens (if you have a see-saw of high, then low, then high, then low, or vice versa, etc). Patients use certain adaptogens which help even out your body’s response to stress, both raising low and lowering high. Examples include Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Relora, Eleuthero, Maca, Schisandra, etc. Patients will often combine them, or take alone. Patients also state they usually need more than the recommended dose on a bottle. Janie keeps these on hand to use if she’s going through prolonged stress. Many are described in Chapter 15 of the revised STTM book.
3 Licorice Root (If you have slightly low cortisol at one time). Licorice root, with its glycyrrhizin content, is used to make slightly low cortisol more useable i.e. it prevents your liver from breaking down cortisol as much. Capsules or tea is used. It can’t be used long term, as it tends to raise blood pressure in some folks.
4 Adrenal Cortex/ACE (for minor to moderately low cortisol levels): this can be used for low cortisol, as it’s from the area of the gland that produces cortisol. It can be a guessing game as to how much cortisol is in the tablet, so doing the Daily Average Temps (see below #7) is still necessary, as it stress-dosing. See Chapter 6 in the revised STTM book for details we’ve learned when using a cortisol-containing supplement.
5 Adrenal glandular products (AVOID). This is a supplement that is giving you the entire gland. But it has a drawback: it contains adrenaline, which most low cortisol patients already make too much of, and you have to take quite a lot of adrenal glandulars to give you back the cortisol you need…thus more adrenaline. Also, like other adrenal supplements, you can never be sure how much cortisol is in each tablet, so you’ll still need to do Daily Average Temps if you use this.
6 Hydrocortisone (HC) (for seriously low cortisol): For years, this is the product thyroid patients used to give them back the cortisol they weren’t getting, which in turn allowed them to raise their thyroid meds. It’s for more serious low cortisol as revealed by saliva results, and one has to usually start at 25 mg, do Daily Average (DAT) temps to find the right amount, and remember to stress dose in the face of any stressful event. Since HC “suppresses” the HPA feedback loop, one has to “replace” in the right amount, which doing one’s DATs helps figure out. Chapter 6 in the revised STTM book has the best information anywhere on what patients have learned in the use of HC. It’s important to watch your sex hormones and calcium levels while on HC, as they can dive.
7 T3 Circadian Method/T3CM (When only your morning is low): For most patients, the T3CM is their first choice if just their morning is low. iThis is a very safe protocol, and when done correctly, avoids the use of any of the above (though adaptogens can be used with it during the day), and helps bring back better cortisol levels. Good detailed summary here. It probably isn’t enough is you have more than a low morning cortisol.
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