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Adrenal insufficiency

Also known as: Addison’s Disease; Adrenal Exhaustion; Adrenal Fatigue; Chronic Adrenal Insufficiency; Burnout Syndrome; Hypoadrenia; Hypoadrenocorticism

Adrenal Insufficiency involves overworked, damaged or depleted Adrenal Glands. Addison’s Disease is a syndrome specifically related to inadequate secretion of Corticosteroid Hormones.
These Substances may Alleviate Adrenal Insufficiency



DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) (50 mg per day) improves Mood and other symptoms in Adrenal Insufficiency patients. research


Adrenal Insufficiency sometimes occurs as a result of Sodium deficiency - Adrenal Insufficiency patients often have salt cravings.


Vitamin B1 counteracts the Adrenal Insufficiency that occurs as a result of Surgery. peer-reviewed research

Orthodox Medical Treatment of Adrenal Insufficiency

Pharmaceutical Drugs

Cortisol (administered orally) is often prescribed as a form of Cortisol replacement therapy for Adrenal Insuffciency patients.
Adrenal Insufficiency is Implicated in these Ailments

Cardiovascular System

Adrenal Insufficiency is often an underlying cause of Hypotension (low Blood Pressure).


Adrenal Insufficiency often occurs in conjunction with Alopecia Areata (“patchy” Hair Loss).

Immune System

Adrenal Insufficiency can cause suppression of the Immune System. research


Adrenal Insufficiency is speculated to be the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) - the Adrenal Glands of CFS patients are, on average, only 50% of the size of normal, healthy persons. research
Adrenal Insufficiency can cause Fatigue. research
Adrenal Insufficiency is often an underlying cause of Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Adrenal Insufficiency is often an underlying cause of impaired Liver function.
Salt cravings can occur as a result of Adrenal Insufficiency.

Nervous System

Anxiety can occur as a result of Adrenal Insufficiency. research
Poor Concentration can occur as a result of Adrenal Insufficiency. research
Depression can occur as a result of Adrenal Insufficiency. research
Excessive Drowsiness can occur as a result of Adrenal Insufficiency. research

Insomnia can occur as a result of Adrenal Insufficiency. research
Memory impairment can occur as a result of Adrenal Insufficiency. research

These Ailments can Cause Adrenal Insufficiency

Nervous System

Excessive Stress can cause Adrenal Insufficiency (by causing the Adrenal Glands to produce greater quantities of Glucocorticoids in response to Stress than under normal conditions). Research


Other Factors that can Cause Adrenal Insufficiency

Orthodox Medical Procedures

Adrenal Insufficiency can occur as a result of Surgery.

Use Solal “Adrenal fatigue formula” which is a combination of :

• Korean Ginseng 5:1 extract
• Liquorice 6:1 extract
• Echinacea 4:1 extract

• Chromium polynicotinate
• Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
• Vitamin B5 (Calcium Pantothenate)


Solal’s “Optimal Adaptogens”
-pure herbal formula for stressful lifestyles and healthy performance enhancement
• Adaptogens is a term used to describe pharmacological agents (usually Herbs) that possess a wide range of regulatory activity but which manifest their actions only against an actual challenge (stress) to the body; and which act via non-specific mechanisms to increase the non-specific resistance to harmful influences of an extremely wide spectrum of physical, chemical and biological factors that cause Stress.
• Adaptogens are so-named due to their ability to exert a normalizing action irrespective of the direction of pathological changes (for instance adaptogens may lower blood pressure in persons with high blood pressure, while raising blood pressure in persons afflicted with low blood pressure).
Per dose (one or twice daily):

• Rhodiola rosea -(secondary adaptogen), standardisd to 3% rosavin and 3% salidrosides -200mg
• Eleutherococcus senticosus -(primary adaptogen), 20:1 extract -200mg
• Schizandra chinensis -(primary adaptogen), standardised to 10% schizandrins -100mg
• Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) -(primary adaptogen), standardised to 10% Polysaccharides and 4% Triterpenes, OR 10:1 extract -200mg
• Korean (Panax) Ginseng -(secondary adaptogen), 5:1 extract -100mg
• Astragalus -(secondary adaptogen), std to 70% polysaccharides -200mg
• Ashwaghanda root extract -(secondary adaptogen), -100mg
• Gotu Kola -(secondary adaptogen), 4:1 extract -100mg
• Licorice -(secondary adaptogen), 6:1 extract -150mg

• Codonopsis -(secondary adaptogen), 5:1 extract -150mg
Important reading on adaptogens:

Adaptogenic herbs help you adapt to changes in life, environment, resist stress and may increase stamina and sports performance. They are gaining ground as treatments for stress and fatigue, normalizing stress hormones and blood pressure in high stress environments. Adaptogens are important mediator of the stress system.

In order for an herb to be classed as an adaptogen:
• 1. It must cause only minimal disorders in the body’s physiological functions
• 2. Must increase body’s resistance to adverse influences

• 3. Must have an overall normalizing effect, improving all kinds of conditions and aggravating none.
Adaptogens are split into two categories, primary and secondary. Primary are the well known most studied herbs such as eleuthero, schizandra and reishi. Secondary show some normalizing effects, support the primary adaptogens and support the adrenal system.

(1) Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) not to be confused with Asian and American ginseng’s (Panax sp.)
Siberian ginseng is probably the most important, most studied of the adaptogens. Used in China for thousands of years to counteract weakness and promote energy, to extensive use in sports for the Russians. It considered a neutral energy, thus generally safe for both sexes and many constitutions. It is not the same as other ginseng’s (Asian, American).
Siberian ginseng has been known to:
• Assist the body to resist sickness and disease
• Protect against toxic compounds and radiation

• Help increase physical endurance and performance
• Assist in stabilizing blood sugar
• Help body adjust to changing oxygen levels and temperature
It is Eleutheros steroid-like compounds (eleutherosides) that “counteract the alarm stage of stress response in the body, and protect the adrena from any adverse effects to stress, while normalizing pituitary and pancreatic function.” [1]
(2) Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
Reishi is a mushroom that once was on the rare side. It is difficult to find it in the wild and difficult to propagate. It is artificially cultivated in 1937 and was in mass production by 1971. [2]
Adaptogenic properties reishi has shown:

• Regulation of blood sugar
• Supports the immune system
• Lowers cholesterol
• Allergen sensitivity reduction
• Protects against radiation
• Helps blood oxygenate
• Assist with adapting to temperature
(3) Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis)
Another herb with a lengthy history of use, it is known as “five-flavor fruit” because all five basic tastes can be detected from it. It has been studied in Sweden and Russia in combination with other adaptogenic herbs.

Schizandra has been known to
• Protect and strengthen the liver which helps regulate hormone, blood and sugar levels [3]
[1] Hobbs, Christopher: Adaptogens – Herbal Gems to Help us Adapt
[2] Studies on Bioactive Substances and Medicinal Effects of Reishi
[3] Hobbs, Christopher – Herbal Adaptogens, Fitting into the Modern Age; 1996

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