Health Benefit of Stress Hormones
Stress is our body’s mechanism to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Cortisol, Epinephrine and Norepinephrine are the unknown stress’s hormone that produces in the Adrenal Cortex and Adrenal Medullar. The expression of stress hormones is a healthy physiological response to the changes of our environment. Cortisol, Epinephrine and Nor-Epinephrine affect the body differently. Epinephrine and Nor-Epinephrine signaling the nervous system to regulate blood flow to specific area of the body, mainly the heart, lung, brain and muscle while shunning blood flow to digestive system. Cortisol, on the other hand, stimulates organ function to maintain production of blood glucose in order to meet the demand of increasing cellular metabolism that provides of body with a bust of energy to adapt in response to the environment, while suppressing some aspect of our immune system. Adrenal hormone is a survival physiological mechanism that allows us to adapt, response, and functional to the demand and changes of our environment. They insured our ability to survival in a harsh world. Epinephrine and Norepinephrine when express in a healthy, steady state, helps the brain to grow, thus, helping us to learn, develop a new-outlook, and mental skills to survive. Epinephrine and Nor-epinephrine strategic physiological action is to increase brain power, thus sharpening our mind, and enhance thinking process so that we effectively manure and harmonizing our body to the demand of external environment. Epinephrine and Norepinephrine, when, being excessively stimulated in a prolong period of time, will lead to an imbalance in a behavioral pattern, emotional pattern, and physiological pattern. Factors that lead to excessive stimulation of Epinephrine and norepinephrine includes: over working, excessive-high-expectation of one self, history of mental and emotional abused, PTSD, rigid thinking, excessive fear, mal-expression of the actual adrenal glands and nutritional deficiency. Pathological pattern starts to develop when excessive amount of adrenal hormones in the blood stream exists for a long period of time, usually in a span of more than a few years. These pathological patterns include: Excessive-compulsive-disorder, over controlling behavior, excessive fear, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty to concentrate, restlessness (physically and mentally), attention-deficit-disorder, high blood pressure, digestive issue, IBS, excessive weight gain or excessive weight loss, emotional craving, eating disorder, excessively high libido or excessively decreased in libido function depending on individual. On the other hand, a healthy amount of Epinephrine and Nor-epinephrine sharpening our mind and increasing our brain capacity, thus, enhancing our intellectual property so that we can be fully functional, and fit to survival in the ever-changing-environment.
When dealing with stresses’ hormone, balance is the key. Some people physiology allows them to strive on high demand environment. These people are socially known as “Type A” personality. Clinically, “type A” personality associate with the disorder of: over controlling, excessive-heightening-of-self-important and expectation, restlessness, OCD, high blood pressure, headache, migraine, digestive issue, insomnia, excessive libido function, and like to do activities that increasing risk to oneself and other.
Clinically, I managed stresses hormone on an individual basis. Overall, balance is the key when treating Adrenal hormones imbalance. On top of using Acupuncture and herbal medicine to calm down their sympathetic-adrenal axial pathway and helping the liver to eliminate excessive Cortisol, Epinephrine and Nor-Epinephrine in the blood stream, I, always, making sure that my patients live in a balance lifestyle that fit their physiological response to the ever-changing-demand of the environment.