Although Adrenal fatigue is not an accepted medical diagnosis, it is a term used to describe a condition of the adrenal glands when they are not functioning as well as they should. These two walnut-sized glands are located on top of the kidneys where they manufacture and secrete the hormones which define our energy levels and our general health – estrogen, cortisol and testosterone.
The adrenals help the body deal with any kind of stress – from emotional stress, to financial problems, to physical threats and relationship problems. They also play a major role in the body’s response to danger – the “fight or flight” response which mobilizes the body’s resources to react to threat.
In Chinese medicine this is also related to a depletion of ones Kidney energy. Integral medicine addresses this condition from that perspective and tonifies that organ system with Tonic/adaptogenic herbs, acupuncture and glandulars.