Do you feel like you’re constantly running on empty? Tired, wired, and stressed? According to the team of integrative physicians at CentreSpringMD, chronically high-stress hormones can lead to a complex issue known as HPA axis dysfunction, commonly referred to as adrenal fatigue. An inability to regulate stress hormones like cortisol can place you at risk for numerous diseases, and create debilitating symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, and even early menopause.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that helps regulate many of the body’s systems, including metabolism, immunity, and blood pressure. When cortisol levels are too high or too low, it can lead to a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction/HPA axis dysfunction include:
The largest root cause of adrenal fatigue is chronic physical, mental, or emotional stress, triggered by:
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The Integrative Approach to Adrenal Dysfunction and Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is the name for a collection of symptoms that occur as a result of dysfunction between your brain, adrenal glands, and stress hormones, like cortisol.
Adrenal fatigue, however, is less about the adrenals becoming 'worn out' and more about the body's response to a constant stream of high cortisol, which leads to a dysfunction in your body’s stress response.
Successful treatment for adrenal dysfunction and fatigue relies on restoring balance within the brain, nervous system, and endocrine (hormone) system.
Adrenal fatigue/cortisol dysfunction testing may include:
- DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) to examine hormones and their metabolites
- Saliva testing for DHEA and cortisol
- ACTH stimulation test
Functional Medicine Treatment Options
An integrative team of compassionate, knowledgeable providers can help you fix adrenal dysfunction and fatigue using a combination of holistic therapies and modern interventions. You’ll receive a personalized treatment plan to manage stress levels, implement lifestyle changes, and promote healthy cortisol levels.
The following options may benefit you during treatment:
- Hormone therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Energy healing
- Ayurvedic or Chinese medicine
- Diet and supplement evaluation/recommendations
- Gut function and microbiome health
- Sleep, stress management, and other lifestyle modifications
Supporting Services for Adrenal Dysfunction and Fatigue
Using a light, pain-free touch, a craniosacral therapist will address circulatory, inflammatory, digestive, and neurological concerns by identifying internal tension. By monitoring and engaging specific tissues at the base of the head where it meets the spine, we can assist the body in self-correction by releasing tension in the nervous system.
CranioSacral therapy is a welcomed alternative therapy to invasive techniques that offer limited improvement and troublesome side effects.
Benefits of CST for adrenal fatigue include:
- Improved sleep
- Increased mobility
- Decreased pain and inflammation
- Reduced migraine symptoms
- Reduction in anxiety symptoms
Hormone Balancing & Replacement
Healthy adrenal function is crucial for overall hormone balance. Health conditions affecting the adrenals may benefit from hormone replacement, including:
- Addison’s disease
- Cushing’s syndrome
If you’re experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue or HPA axis dysfunction, your integrative medicine provider can help you determine which treatment plan is right for you.
Get Adrenal Dysfunction Treatment at CentreSpringMD
In the holistic hormone replacement therapy at CentreSpringMD our providers often choose bioidentical hormones when a hormone replacement is needed as part of a functional, integrative hormone replacement therapy plan. These hormones interact more naturally with the body and often present fewer side effects. The dosing for bioidentical hormones is highly individualized.To learn more information about adrenal dysfunction and potential treatment options, contact us today to schedule a new patient appointment.