A comprehensive approach to addressing adrenal dysfunction will include an assessment of the entire HPA axis.

There are several key neurotransmitters regulated in the hypothalamus which are directly connected to adrenal dysfunction.




Both because of the neurotransmitters relationship to cortisol, as well as their interrelationship with CRH and ACTH. It makes it an essential clinical assessment when analyzing adrenal status. 

What is Adrenal Dysfunction?

The Neurotransmitter Adrenal Hormone Connection

The Potential Hormone Disruption

Patients suffering from decreased adrenal function commonly complain of fatigue and may also experience sleep disruptions, weight changes, salt and/or sugar cravings, allergies, anxiousness, nervousness, low blood pressure, and numerous other symptoms. The neurotransmitter imbalance that occurs alongside adrenal dysfunction will cause or accentuate all of these symptoms.

Addressing neurotransmitter imbalances is an essential component of the successful treatment of adrenal dysfunction. Simple noninvasive urinary testing identifies the specific imbalances and can be correlated to diurnal cortisol and DHEA levels on a single report. Targeted amino acids and other nutrient cofactors can quickly modify neurotransmitter levels thus promoting a faster and lasting recovery.

Health Disclaimer: All information given about health conditions, treatments, products, and dosages are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This is provided only as a suggested guideline.



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2. Jordan, D., et al. Participation of serotonin in thyrotropin relase. Evidence for the action of serotonin on the phasic release of thyrotropin. Endocrinology, Vol 105, 975-979


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