For those that have chronic illness adrenal fatigue is often part of the package and this is one of the things that needs to be addressed early on in a treatment plan.
The adrenals are situated on the top of the kidneys and the adrenal cortex is the part of these glands that is responsible for producing cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone for the regulation of blood pressure.
Because of the inter-relationship between cortisol and melatonin we often find that when levels of cortisol are high, levels of melatonin are low. This has a knock on effect on our circadian rhythms and thus, sleep.
So, how can we resolve this?
Organotherapy is the use of sarcodes (remedies made from the organs themselves) to rebalance the system and this is one option. They are given in different potency to either stimulate, balance or calm the function of that particular organ or gland.
A well individualised constitutional remedy can be used alongside a sarcode and this is a really effective way of re-balancing the adrenals.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include: unrefreshing sleep; poor stress response and mood regulation; cognitive issues; brain fog; excessive energy levels in the evening; craving salty foods or sugar; a desire for caffeine or other stimulants; a compromised immune system 🙁
Adrenal fatigue can also cause insomnia, depression, loss of libido, loss of muscle tone and weight gain.
Adrenal fatigue can be caused by any kind of long term stress, and chronic illness definitely falls into this category. The adrenals have been so overworked that they are no longer able to secrete the levels of cortisol necessary for daily functioning.
I had this as part of my Lyme picture, its such a common thing with Lyme disease and chronic illness?