Adrenal Fatigue

I’ve just attended a seminar on Adrenal Fatigue.  This is what doctors used to label TATT (Tired All The Time) on the patient’s case notes.  They’d be quietly relieved when said patient took him- or herself off to a complementary therapist, because after checking the obvious things like thyroid function and haemoglobin levels, they really don’t have much to offer.

Adrenal fatigue is what happens when life catches up with you.  To be more precise, if you have been dealing with stress for a long time, your system eventually gets tired of responding.  Sometimes there’s a last straw, like an acute illness or some kind of trauma, and sometimes there’s just a long, slow process of attrition.  We are pretty tough, on the whole; we go on coping and coping, sometimes for longer than we should.  Typically, we don’t start to look for help until we can hardly drag ourselves out of bed in the morning.

Herbally speaking, we use what are called ‘adaptogens’; plants that increase our resilience and feed our vital force.  There are lots of them; some famous and expensive, like Korean Ginseng, and others much humbler and more down-to-earth, like Oat Straw or even Nettles.  What suits you best will depend upon your individual circumstances.  But it’s not enough just to take a remedy.  If the way you live your life is not sustainable, you have to rethink it.  Habits have to be reviewed, and some of them have to be changed.  It’s not a quick process, but actually you have no choice.  If it’s not working the way it is, then you have to do it differently.

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