Health Benefit of Stress's Hormones!!Mar 07 2016 | Nimulrith Seth EAMP
Stress is our body’s mechanism to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Cortisol, Epinephrine and Norepinephrine are the known stress hormones that are produced in the Adrenal Cortex and Adrenal Medullar, respectively. The expression of stress hormones is a healthy physiological response to the changes of our environment. Cortisol, Epinephrine and Nor-Epinephrine each affect the body differently. Epinephrine and Nor-Epinephrine signals the nervous system to regulate blood flow to specific areas of the body, mainly the heart, lungs, brain and muscles, while diverting blood flow from digestive system. Cortisol, on the other hand, stimulates organ function to maintain production of blood glucose in order to meet the demands of increasing cellular metabolism; which is a process that provides the body with a burst of energy to adapt and respond to a stimulus in the environment. This process also suppresses some aspects of our immune system. Adrenal hormone is a physiological survival mechanism that allows us to adapt, respond, and function under the demands and changes of our environment. These hormones ensure our ability to survive in a harsh world. Epinephrine and Norepinephrine when expressed in a healthy, steady state, helps the brain to grow, thus, helping us to learn and develop a new-experience and mental skills to survive. Epinephrine and Nor-epinephrine strategic physiological purpose is to increase brain power, thus sharpening our mind, and enhancing our thought processes so that we effectively maneuvering and harmonize our bodies to the demands of external environment. Epinephrine and Norepinephrine, when, excessively stimulated for a prolonged 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, unrealistic-high-expectation of one self, history of mental and emotional abuse, PTSD, rigidity in thought, 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 concentrating, restlessness (physically and mentally), attention-deficit-disorder, high blood pressure, digestive issues, irritable bowel syndrome, excessive weight gain or excessive weight loss, emotional craving, eating disorder, excessively high libido or decrease in libido function (depending on the individual). On the other hand, a healthy amount of Epinephrine and Nor-epinephrine sharpening our mind and increases our brain capacity, thus, enhancing our intellectual horsepower so that we can be fully functional, and fit in order to survive in the ever-changing-environment.
When dealing with stress hormones, balance is the key. Some peoples’ physiology allows them to operate in a high demand environment. These people are socially known as “Type A” personality. Clinically, “type A” personalities are associated with the disorder of: over controlling, excessive-heightening-of-self-important, restlessness, OCD, high blood pressure, headache, migraine, digestive issue, insomnia, excessive libido function, and like to do activities that increasing risk to oneself and others.
Clinically, I have managed stress hormones base on patient constitution. Overall, balance is the key when treating Adrenal hormones imbalance. Acupuncture and herbal medicine is used to calm down their sympathetic-adrenal axial pathway and helps the liver to eliminate excessive Cortisol, Epinephrine and Nor-Epinephrine in the blood stream. I, always, ensure that my patients live in a balance lifestyle by educating them about their physiological tendency in response to the ever-changing demands of the environment.