Basics of the Holistic Approach to Treating Adrenal Fatigue - dummies

Basics of the Holistic Approach to Treating Adrenal Fatigue

By Richard Snyder, Wendy Jo Peterson

Adrenal fatigue can be diagnosed and treated only through a holistic approach. A holistic practitioner understands that body, mind, and spirit are interrelated and that all three need to be evaluated to achieve total wellness.

Any healthcare provider you deal with should use a holistic approach. This approach involves trying to restore balance to the body. If you have adrenal fatigue, multiple factors are likely causing your body to be out of balance. The goal is to first identify those causes. The next step is to formulate a treatment plan to correct them as best as possible. What does that approach involve?

  • Understanding the many testing modes: Diagnosing adrenal fatigue is a comprehensive process, involving not only blood tests but also urine and salivary testing. Interpreting these tests, especially the hormonal testing, often requires a certain level of expertise. Searching for causes of inflammation, testing for food sensitivities, and evaluating the acid-base balance and nutritional status are vital in the diagnosis and treatment of adrenal fatigue.

  • Treating beyond prescription medications: Prescription medications do have their place in treating adrenal fatigue; however, the treatment of adrenal fatigue is multifaceted, going beyond just writing a prescription. The healthcare provider you work with should have an understanding of nutrition and nutrition-based therapies. Your practitioner should work with you to develop a personalized approach.

  • Including exercise in the treatment plan: Your healthcare provider should have an understanding of exercise and fitness. Creating an exercise plan of the right intensity and duration is crucial in treating adrenal fatigue. The wrong type of exercise program can actually worsen your symptoms!

  • Homing in on hormonal manipulation: The practitioner that you work with should have some familiarity with hormones and hormonal treatments, because they’re often part of the treatment plan for someone with adrenal fatigue.