ADDISON’S disease is a rare, hormone-related disease that affects your body’s ability to create and release cortisol and other adrenal hormones. It is also known as chronic adrenal deficiency, hypocorticolism, and hypoadrenalism.
Since it is related to the hormones, it is considered an endocrinal condition, and unfortunately, there is no cure, simply lifetime treatment.
The majority of cases of Addison’s disease are auto-immune, meaning that the body’s own immune system destroys an essential part of the adrenal cortex, severely impairing the body’s ability to produce certain hormones.
While supplemental hormone replacement therapy and regular cortisol tablets or hydrocortison/prednisone supplements can keep the condition at bay so you can live a somewhat normal life, people suffering from Addison’s disease will battle it for the rest of their life in some form, and must be particularly careful when suffering any illness, trauma, surgery, or something else which may affect the efficacy or general health of the body.
Adrenal hormones are vital for the body’s flight response, as well as our general behaviour and even our psychological function. For this reason, it is important to diagnose the disease at the earliest sign so proper treatment can be pursued, rather than waiting for the disease to turn into the more serious form of Addison’s crisis.
Some of the most common symptoms of Addison’s disease are as follows: fatigue, exhaustion, and weakness,light-headedness when standing, nausea, vomiting, headaches, sweating and fever joint and muscle pain/weakness, anxiety changes in mood, or personality shifts.
If diagnosed properly, it can be managed, but many people do not recognise the symptoms until it is too late and the body has already been damaged in a serious way.
However, all is not lost. There are some herbal and natural remedies that have been suggested as extremely helpful when suffering from Addison’s disease. Just to add, Addison’s disease should not be taken lightly, and consultation with a doctor before beginning any herbalor natural treatments is highly recommended.
There are effective pharmaceutical options, as well as supplements to boost your cortisol and adrenaline levels to their proper levels, thereby making the disease more tolerable.
However, if the condition turns to Addison’s crisis, the body suffers from extremely low blood pressure and commonly falls into a coma. That is why treatment of this rare disease must be taken very seriously, and herbal or natural remedies should be seen as a supplementary or complementary solution.
Ginseng, pictured below, and Borago – Two herbal elements that have been suggested in a number of alternative studies for the treatment of Addison’s disease. Since they are closely related to supporting a healthy immune system, they can prevent the autoimmune attacks on the adrenal cortex that causes Addison’s disease in the first place. Any other types of immune-boosting elements in the diet, such as citrus fruits, or those foods that are high in antioxidants, can also help to slow or prevent the disease from getting any worse.
Green Tea – This powerful type of tea is used for many different herbal treatments, but it is known to regulate hormones and keep the body’s metabolism functioning properly. Furthermore, it helps to boost the immune system of the body, protecting it against autoimmune attacks.
Proper diet and exercise – Although this may seem like a natural solution, maintaining a proper diet and always keeping up your exercise is the best way to keep your body and your immune system in good shape. A balanced diet and keeping your body in shape will always boost your defences against autoimmune disease, and can also keep your hormones in proper balance so even if you are suffering from Addison’s disease, the effects shouldn’t be as severe.
Turmeric and Reishi mushrooms – In alternative healing of Addison’s disease, both of these foods have been known to help boost the strength of the immune system and increase hormone production, which counteracts the detrimental drop in hormone production that occurs as the adrenal cortex is attacked or weakened by autoimmune cells or other diseases that can cause Addison’s.
Astragalus, Milk Thistle and Echinacea – These three herbal supplements can be taken or eaten in other forms in order to boost the body against the effects of Addison’s disease. Through a combination of hormonal boosting and immune system strength, these supplements can seriously help complement whatever treatment plan you are following for Addison’s disease.
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