Adrenal-tonic - Foods & Herbs List
AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON ADRENAL-TONICStrengthens, supports, or increases output of adrenals.
Categories of Herbs Affecting the Adrenals
Adrenal HormonesThe principal energy stimulating hormone produced by the adrenal cortex is cortisol. The main hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla is adrenaline.
Cortisol generally raises awareness and energy levels. It begins to rise around 4am, and wanes around sunset. It activates the sympathetic nervous system, and raises blood sugar.
Adrenaline helps the body respond to an immediate threat to survival (or sudden bad news). Where cortisol is a long term stress hormone, adrenaline is for an immediate short term event.
Cortisol is associated with anxiety:
Adrenaline is associated with terror:
Adrenal insufficiencyAdrenal insufficiency is a functional medicine term for the ineffectiveness of adrenal gland hormones. It is characterized by symptoms of:
Adrenal DominanceAdrenal dominance is characterized by:
Adrenergic Herbs - Stimulating Adrenaline ReceptorsAdrenergic herbs stimulate an adrenaline response by stimulating adrenaline receptors (receptor agonists). These may be used to 1) Constrict blood vessels causing runny nose, 2) Dilate bronchial tubes (bronchodilator), or 3) Stimulate energy. Examples include:
Alpha and Beta Blockers (Receptor Antagonists)Continual stimulation of fight or flight mode manifests in tachycardia, diaphoresis, and pallor with coldness of the extremities and deep fatigue.
Psychologically, melancholy is the result of long standing anxiety. Alpha and Beta blockers can dampen adrenergic receptors, countering the effects of adrenaline (epinephrin). Blockers can relax muscles, and relieve continual anxiety states. Example herbs include:
OTHER HERB ACTIONS AFFECTING ENERGY-VITALITY
HELPFUL FOR*'Adrenal-tonic' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.