8 Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue can cause a whole host of physical ailments, such as fatigue, poor digestion, sleep disorders, reduced immune system functioning and elevated blood sugar levels. Always consult a physician if you suspect adrenal fatigue and before beginning any supplements.

Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is one of the best herbs to restore the body’s adrenal glands and their communication with the brain. Because licorice is such a powerful natural medicine, it is important to treat it with respect. Avoid using licorice if you have high blood pressure or kidney failure, or take heart medication.

Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients to the adrenal glands. It is needed to manufacture the hormones secreted by these glands in response to stress. A typical dose to assist with adrenal fatigue is 2000 mg or higher; however, a qualified health professional should be consulted when using higher doses.

Pantothenic acid is one of the B-complex vitamins that is essential for adrenal gland health. It is naturally present in high doses in the adrenal glands but can become depleted as hormones are manufactured in response to stress.

Commonly used by natural medicine practitioners to treat adrenal gland fatigue, Siberian ginseng, or Eleutherococcus senticous, works primarily on the pituitary gland in the brain. This gland stimulates the adrenal glands to produce more adrenal hormones.

Like Siberian ginseng, it is one of the few plants that is considered an adaptogen, which means that it helps the body adapt to stress by increasing resistance to fatigue. It boosts the adrenals, builds energy and improves mood.

According to research in which study participants were given either ashwagandha root or a placebo, the ashwagandha root group had significant improvements in stress reduction and other markers linked to adrenal fatigue.

Research conducted by aromatherapy practitioner and lecturer, Shirley Price, in her book Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, found that both of these oils support the healing of the adrenal cortex—the outer portion of the adrenal glands that regulate fat and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as sodium balance in the body.