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Home remedies and Natural treatments for addison’s disease

Addison’s disease is also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypocortisolism. It is an endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough steroid hormones.

Under certain circumstances, an adrenal crisis may occur with low blood pressure, vomiting, lower back pain, and loss of consciousness. An adrenal crisis can be triggered by stress, such as from an injury, surgery, or infection.

14 Addison’s disease Home Remedy and Natural Cures

Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng is the full name of a herb. This herb is used for purposes that have a significant effect on the disease. The deficiency of cortisol leads to some serious impairment in overall body function. In this view, we can say that a medicine that has a rounder activity is needed for the cure of Addison’s disease.

It helps people who have depression and anxiety, aids in the thinking process, improves memory, and increases the problem-solving ability of the mind.[1]

The Mineralocorticoid hormones are necessary for those states when the body is under stress, for example, an infection. Panax Ginseng augments your defense system and helps you prepare to fight against the disease. It also cures anemia which is common in people who have Addison’s disease. People who have developed Diabetes with Addison’s disease can achieve benefits from the herb. When you choose to buy this herb, make sure you ask for Panax Ginseng, as there are other forms of Ginseng used for different purposes. It can be taken orally.

Green Tea

The recipe often made at home is very useful for hormonal diseases. It is known to bring about a physiological balance in hormone production and inactivation. It also enhances memory retrieval in the brain and has a protective effect on the central nervous system.

The increased tendency to get infections is due to the deficient immune system in Addison’s disease. Green tea is of use in preventing infections from happening and developing in those treated with difficulty. It is especially effective against organisms causing dental infections. It should be used with caution, as if you drink in excessive quantities, it can cause weight reduction in already lean patients.[2]

Siberian Ginseng

Ginsengs are known to combat diseases in adrenal sufficiency. They provide power to the body to sustain the stress of infections and disease itself. They improve hormone production and function. They can counter internal stress and all forms of external stress. They promote healing by increasing energy levels inside the body. Another effect is to remove toxins from the blood, maintaining a healthy state.

If you have heart disease, you should not consider using Siberian Ginseng.

It can also cause a decrease in blood sugar, so it is suitable for Diabetics if kept under observation. Using in pregnancy is harmful. Otherwise, it has no side effects.

Licorice Root

This herb can be regarded as one of the most important ones used in herbal medicine to treat Addison’s disease. The herb has an activity like adrenal hormones. It has other effects, including anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, antitussive, and antiviral effects. It contains the compound called glycyrrhizin which is known to have adrenocortical qualities. These compounds occupy the cortisol receptors. By doing this, they enhance the availability of cortisol in the blood that can reach various organs of the body.

This maintenance of the function of cortisol is the secret behind licorice roots being given to patients with Addison’s disease. It is best to make licorice root tea. This herb is known as an adaptogen, as it increases the adapting capability of the body to stress.[3]

glowing skin, addisonTurmeric

From ancient times, this herb has been used to treat various ailments. It can be utilized in the form of leaves or powder. It is a spice added to curries in Asia and used in medicines. It is also used for skin benefits. It has many healing properties relating to proper homeostasis in our body. “Curcumin” is the active ingredient with these beneficial effects on the body’s defense mechanism.

It is similar to steroids but lacks its side effect profile. Turmeric can reduce inflammation of the skin and other tissues. Turmeric can treat uveitis which is inflammation of the eye[4], a complication of Addison’s disease.

It will manage muscle aches and bone pain. It also stimulates the release of cortisol and other corticoids. Persons for whom steroids are contraindicated or are facing too many of their side effects can benefit from the qualities of Curcumin.


This Indian herb has an enhancing influence on the body’s ability to cope with stress. It is an excellent cure for debilitating illness in Addison’s disease. According to research, it is noticed that this herb increases cholinergic activity in the brain. This factor makes it superior in targeting the basic pathology of Addison’s disease when there is hypothalamic or pituitary dysfunction.

It is known to promote the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. It has another prominent role to play: it increases the levels of some neurotransmitters to release anxiety associated with the disease.[5] These qualities decrease the overall stress on the mind and body. It is available in capsule or tablet form, and you should take it with meals.

Food Rich in Vitamin B

Beef liver, fish, and crabs are rich in Vitamin B. Vitamin B is a good energy source for adrenal glands. Supplying Vitamin B-rich food to your body will help the adrenal glands to function properly. The production of the hormones should increase, and the symptoms start to disappear.

Swiss Cheese can be taken as it has Vitamin B in large amounts. If you have other health conditions that refrain you from eating meat, you can rely on fish, eggs, and cheese. The vitamins also enrich your body and bring fitness to you.

Fruits Rich in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is vital to normal and healthy body function. It is also needed by the adrenal glands. It can help decrease the harmful effects of the disease on the adrenal glands. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit can be eaten, or you can simply make juices. Make sure to keep the sugar low or take artificial sugar if you are diabetic. Guavas are better to eat for Diabetes and have significant quantities of Vitamin C. Kiwi and strawberries can also supply Vitamin C in adequate amounts to boost adrenal function.[6]

Rhodiola Rosea

Another adaptogen herb that increases immunity in the body. It helps to augment various physiological functions of the body. It is of value in Addison’s disease when there is a physiological imbalance of hormones and minerals.

The herb can normalize the functions and also increase adaptability and strengthens hostile response towards disease. It is best for associated depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and brain dysfunction.

Its role is to increase immunity, increase nutrient supply to the adrenals and ease fatigue. It improves memory. It has soothing effects on muscle aches and provides energy to muscles. If you are also a heart patient, you must find this herb. It has qualities that lower blood pressure and decrease cholesterol levels.


It is a herb named Borago Officinalis found in the Mediterranean and Europe. It is used to treat Addison’s disease.

It has high quantities of Gamma-Linolenic acid. It is responsible for the cure of various diseases. It is used for nervous diseases and is best for depression in Addison’s disease.

It is amazing for hair and nail growth. Hair and skin are affected by Addison’s disease, so you must look for the herb in stores. It improves the diet by supplying essential fatty acids. Research says that it has anti-inflammatory properties that are required in patients with flares of disease. An extract from the plant is available to use. However, it is also found in edible forms. If used in combination with Ginseng, both drugs have immunomodulatory effects that strengthen immunity.


This herb has traditionally been used in Chinese herbal medicine. It augments immunological function. This herb also belongs to the adaptogen class. It treats Diabetes and colds.

If you have an upper respiratory tract infection, it will help you fight the pathogens and heal the body. If you have been taking drugs in the past that have damaged your liver, this herb has a liver protective factor. Herbal experts say that it has anti-oxidant properties that prepare you for the battle with serious disease-causing agents. [7]

Reishi Mushroom

It is used to cure a viral infection. It increases body immunity against viral infections and respiratory or skin infections. The potent effect on immunity makes it useful in Addison’s disease. It is used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Use in Diabetes is documented. It has a bitter taste but has to be taken by mouth. Do not eat it if you are pregnant.


Ginger tea can alleviate symptoms of Addison’s disease. Ginger is curative and palatable in food. It is used in meals and as prickles. Ginger can be added in a considerable amount to any food. You can also eat 2 or 3 cloves daily to improve your disease.


Yoga is beneficial for every disease. It relaxes the body and the mind. It has positive effects on the body and heals ailments.[8]


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[2] Li J, Romero-Garcia R, Suckling J, Feng L. Habitual tea drinking modulates brain efficiency: evidence from brain connectivity evaluation. Aging. 2019;11(11):3876.

[3] Wang L, Yang R, Yuan B, et al. The antiviral and antimicrobial activities of licorice, a widely-used Chinese herb. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B. 2015;5(4):310-5.

[4] Davis BM, Pahlitzsch M, Guo L, et al. Topical curcumin nanocarriers are neuroprotective in eye disease. Scientific Reports. 2018;8(1).

[5] Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine. 2012;34(3):255-62.

[6] American Chemical Society. Scientists say Vitamin C may alleviate the body’s response to stress. Science Daily. 1999.

[7] Fu L, Zhou G, Pan J, et al. Effects of Astragalus polysaccharides on antioxidant abilities and non-specific immune responses of Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis. Aquaculture International. 2017;25(3):1333-43.

[8] Woodyard C. Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life. International Journal of  Yoga. 2011;4(2):49-54.

Dr. Emil Sarsath (aka) Vijila, a licensed naturopathic doctor (BSMS) who always ensures his patients receive compassionate, and individualized care. He has extensive experience in primary care, digestive health, mental health, nervous system disorder and more.Area of Expertise – Naturopathic Medicine, Whole Foods-based Nutrition, Siddha, Panchakarma.She is always available through [email protected]



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