Overview

Complimentary and alternative treatments for adrenal insufficiency or fatigue that are considered below include:

Diagnosis

Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include:

Differential Diagnosis

Treatment

Complimentary and Alternative Treatments

Complementary treatments aimed at mitigating the side-effects of conventional treatments and optimizing the immune system response are often employed by naturopathic medical doctors, and supplement rather than replace conventional medical treatment.

Alternative treatments that replace conventional medical treatment are not approved by the FDA, but may be based on traditional or historical theories and practice. Their safety and effectivenes is considered unproven by conventional medical authorities, despite theoretical, anecdotal or historical evidence.

Since complimentary and alternative treatments are not generally proven by double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials, insurance typically does not cover these treatments, although medical savings accounts may possibly be used.

Low Dose Cortisone

Mild adrenal deficiency can be safely treated with low-dose cortisol, e.g. 4 to 30 mg/day in divided doses [Starr2005, pg 185]. Supplementation with thyroid hormone can further reduce side effects of cortisol supplementation [Starr2005, pg 185].

Dr. Starr suggests that patients being treated with corticosteroids should have a home blood-pressure machine, and take BP before a dose of corticosteroids and 1.5 to 2 hours after dose. If BP and heart rate normalize dose is correct; if these parameters get worse then the dose is too high [Starr2005, pg 190].

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Neuro Research [Hinz2015] reports that Adrenal Insufficiency or Fatigue can be benefited by balancing neurotransmitter and sulfur-containing amino acid levels in the body, particularly serotonin, dopamine, and cysteine, through targeted nutrition guided by lab testing. Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the Neuro-Research protocols and offers these nutritional protocols as a complement to other therapies.

Note that nutritional supplements and testing are not covered by most insurance policies, but may be eligible for payment out of Health Care Savings Accounts.


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