Consider Integrative Medicine for Adrenal Fatigue

Consider Integrative Medicine for Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a term used for a collection of symptoms that a person might develop. It is different from adrenal insufficiency, which is usually caused by damage to the adrenal gland or a tumor in the pituitary gland in the brain.

What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenal glands are responsible for responding to stress. The classic "fight or flight" hormones are produced there, and they help control lots of responses in your body, including blood pressure and metabolism.

 Adrenal fatigue is a condition that some practitioners believe to exist, while most in mainstream Western medicine does not recognize it. It is thought to occur when a person is under chronic stress, leading the adrenal glands to be constantly overtaxed and, ultimately, run low on what they need to produce the hormones necessary to keep up with the demands on them.

Symptoms attributed to adrenal fatigue can include:

   Lack of energy

   Stiff or achy joints

   Bloating, constipation, or other poor digestion

   Brain fog

   Salt cravings

   Insomnia

   Weakness

All of these symptoms are vague and can be caused by other medical conditions, as well, some of which could be serious.

What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is a medical practice model in which the practitioner is encouraged to take into account all aspects of a person's condition when making diagnostic and therapy choices. With this practice, the entire person is considered when diagnosing and treating them, including their physical, emotional, mental, environmental, and spiritual conditions.

Integrative medicine can make use of all therapy options available, including mainstream Western and alternative or complementary treatments.

How Integrative Medicine Can Help with Adrenal Fatigue 

An integrative medicine practitioner looks at all aspects of a person's physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being as well as their environment and physical signs to determine what could be going on and which treatment the patient might respond to the best. This is a great way to address adrenal fatigue because the signs attributed to it can be vague and also point to other illnesses.

It's important that nothing is overlooked during the diagnosis phase of adrenal fatige. It's crucial to find a practitioner who will run appropriate tests and treat the problem holistically rather than diagnosing you based solely on your group of symptoms. Otherwise, a serious illness might be overlooked.

If other medical conditions are ruled out and adrenal fatigue is diagnosed, an integrative medicine practitioner won't recommend the same treatments to each person. Instead, an individualized treatment plan will be created based on diagnostic test results as well as the practitioner's evaluation of the person's overall state of health and all of the life factors that might be influencing it. For example, a person who is suffering from relationship stress might benefit more from talk therapy than nutritional supplements, while one who has a food allergy needs to give their diet close attention; both of these situations can contribute to adrenal fatigue.

In integrative medicine, both traditional and complementary treatment modalities may be used so that acupuncture can be prescribed alongside anti-inflammatory medications, for instance. In this way, the whole person can be treated as a complete entity rather than separating out a particular symptom and treating it in a vacuum.

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