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Adrenal Fatigue – Chronic or Intermittent

Energy Centre Focus:  1st – Tailbone Centre

Endocrine Glands effected:  Adrenals

Underlying Emotions and False Beliefs:  You are finding it very difficult to feel secure and experience a healthy foundation in some of the most necessary aspects of life; home, profession, finances and internal peace.  Somehow throughout life it has been impressed on your mind that the “Key to success and happiness” comes from material security and hard work.  You would tend to then imbalance yourself by investing far too much energy into the physical attachments of life and have left very little energy for the relaxing enjoyment and peace in the heart.

Sooner or later the adrenals are going to get tired and you would run out of steam.  Add to that the stress and worry and you have a formula for an adrenal breakdown.  Mental achievements, success and pursuit of personal projects, job, other people, home, family, kids and not enough energy directed to yourself, leads to quite the imbalance over time and if you are getting older; the bounce back get harder.  When you are younger you feel like you can do anything for all lengths of time but this is temporary and does catch up to you.

Even the heart and circulation is affected by this type of “all out” behaviour so it is especially important to care for yourself and bring ORDER back into your life. Learn to conserve energy.

It is important that I also mention the fact that the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue are often due to residues of a battle you had with a powerful FLU virus.  Usually these are the extreme Type A flu pathogens that attack your immune system and take you out of commission for a lengthy period of time.  The body often never quite gets rid of the virus and it can rise up months and years laters when you are feeling weak and overworked.  To avoid this you must also look at building your immune system with healthy eating, supplements and support from a Naturopath/Homeopath.  These old virus miasms CAN be removed from the body with energy work and physical treatment.

Counsel and Steps to Healing:   First of all you are going to have to create a new schedule that includes more time for yourself and a new attitude about your own importance.  It is not going to work well for your correction if you continue to put others ahead all the time.  Though well understood you have a kind heart, this kindness for others must also include a kindness to yourself too!

Doing a visualization each day that will strengthen as you practice would be helpful Using your imagination, see a strong bream of Light from the Sun (representing your Soul) coming down from above your head….see it coming down through the top into your brain…carrying on down through the back of the neck and down the spine to the tailbone.  Then as you breathe, you can let a calmness disperse naturally down through your legs and into your feet.  Breathe deeply throughout and with purpose.

The more that you create this strong line of energy connection, the more energy you will have from your unlimited Source of the Universe.

Reflect deeply upon the things in life that would bring you comfort, joy and a break from the rushed lifestyle.  Do you like to garden? Ride a bike or motorcycle? horse?  How about just a walk around the block by yourself?  If you can use your imagination, then you can also come up with at least one thing that you can do for yourself.  Many have said they don’t mind even if it is just an hour spent doing a jigsaw puzzle, crossword or video game..as long as it does not over stimulate and you feel relaxed.

Breathing is the most simple and natural act for a human being yet we all seem to struggle to breathe deeply enough.  The adrenals are relying on ENERGY for their own purpose of “fight or flight” and if they are constantly under siege and on alert, they start to draw energy from whatever reserves can be found.  Breathing in the Vital Life Force and prana of the sun each day helps…so too does the deep breathing practice from the “subtle source” we more commonly and lovingly call, the Universal Source of the All.

Guided Meditation – Root Chakra:

Guided Meditation – Breathing for Divine Alignment:

Healing Stone:  Ruby, Garnet, Obsidian, Rose Quartz

Physical Considerations:

Disclaimer: 
This information is not a substitute for medical advice. It is best to consult with a health care provider before initiating any new form of treatment. Those taking medications should be especially prudent, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding must always discuss new treatments with their health care provider to ensure their safety.

Adrenal fatigue results after the adrenals have been overworked for a long period of time. The function of the adrenals is largely determined by the nervous system. When the nervous system is in sympathetic mode (fight or flight), which is triggered by a wide variety of stressors, it will cause the adrenals to release cortisol. When we regularly stimulate the adrenals, they will naturally begin to tire after some time. At this point, many individuals turn to stimulating foods and substances such as sugar, simple carbohydrates, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco. This pushes their adrenals to work even when tired. Eventually, even the stimulating substances cease to work because the adrenal glands are exhausted. They require rest and replenishment. As mentioned above it is important to slow down and ensure you are receiving adequate sleep – in particular between the hours of 10pm-6am. Further, it is important to have a diet that includes sufficient amounts of water and is free from the above-mentioned stimulating substances.

For any physical healing to occur, the body needs to have sufficient nutrients. They are essential building blocks, and you can’t heal if you don’t have the basic materials required. Certain nutrients are indicated for helping nourish the adrenals back to health – Vitamin C, B5, B6, magnesium, zinc and L-theanine should all be considered in the case of adrenal fatigue. When a body is weakened by a chronic condition, it may not be able to adequately absorb and assimilate nutrients. Tissue salts are nutrients building blocks, delivered in minute form to maximize absorption and assimilation by the compromised cell/tissue/organ in need of healing. Kali Phos, Mag Phos, and Calc Phos are the three tissue salts that have the greatest affinity for calming an over active nervous system, and thereby help rebalance the underlying cause of adrenal fatigue.

Botanical medicine works synergistically with nutrient cofactors to facilitate the healing process. Herbs that have an affinity for the adrenals include Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Eleuthero, Holy basil, Ginseng, Licorice*, Oat, Rhodiola, Schisandra and Siberian Ginseng. Essential oils are another form of plant-based medicine. Nutmeg assists in regulating both excessive and deficient production of adrenal hormones, while clove, rosemary, and basil specifically assist in recovering from a depleted, exhausted state. Essential oils that have been shown to help alleviate stress (a cause of adrenal fatigue) include lavender, rose, sandalwood, and frankincense.

The greatest strides in physical healing typically occur when protocols combine supplementation of the relevant nutrient cofactors with botanical medicine and at least one energetic modality. Bach flower remedies that are useful in various stages and presentations of adrenal fatigue include Hornbeam, Oak, Olive. Gemmotherapies that are indicated include Black Currant Bud, English Holly, Oak Bud, Giant Sequoia Gigantea. Reflexology and acupuncture are also incredibly effective energetic modalities that can be utilized. A registered acupuncturist or naturopathic doctor can design an acupuncture protocol based on your symptoms and general constitution, but if you wish to add some acupressure into your daily regimen, you can consider applying pressure to KD-1, KD-3, KD-27.

*Licorice can increase blood pressure and therefore should not be taken by anyone who is being treated for high blood pressure or who’s blood pressure is on the upper end of the normal range. It is always best to consult with a naturopathic physician who is trained in the use of both pharmaceutical and botanical medicine.