Addison's Disease - Overview



What is Addison's Disease?

One out of every 100,000 people suffers from Addison’s disease! What is it? This is a condition that results from the failure of Adrenal glands to produce sufficient hormones.


 
  • > Control immune system's inflammatory response.

  • > Help the body to respond to stress.

  • > Adjust water and salt balance in the body.

  • > Normalize the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

  • > Regulate blood pressure.

  • Causes of Addison's Disease.

    The hormones Cortisol and Aldosterone are produced by the outer layer of the Adrenal gland called as the Cortex. Any kind of damage to the cortex can result in insufficient production of these hormones. Adrenal insufficiency becomes evident when at least 90% of the cortex has been destroyed.


     

    The adrenal cortex can be damaged due to any of the following causes:

  • > Dysfunction of the immune system (auto-immunity) whereby it attacks the body’s own tissues (in this case the adrenal glands). As many as 70% of cases of Addison’s disease are due to auto-immune destruction of the adrenal cortex.

  • > Infections - tuberculosis, HIV, or fungal infections.

  • > Hemorrhage, blood loss.

  • > Tumors, cancer cells spreading to adrenal glad from other parts of the body.

  • > Use of blood-thinning drugs (anticoagulants).

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    Presence of any other auto-immune condition in the patient also predisposes him to develop Addison’s disease.


    Primary Addison’s disease: This is due to disorder of the adrenal glands themselves (damage to the adrenal cortex).


    Secondary Addison’s disease: In this case, the disorder is caused due to lack of the stimulus for the hormone secretions (which comes from the Pituitary gland). Unless there is a stimulus for the adrenal gland to secrete the hormones, the gland cannot do so by itself and this results in secondary Addison’s disease.

     

    Homeopathic Treatment

    Healing safely, gently and surely!

     

    Homeopathy can offer good relief to patients with Addison’s disease. The medicines can help in stimulating the adrenal glands to improve the secretion of the hormones and thus control the disease process. They can be given along with conventional treatment and strategic combination of both can help the patients to tide over the disease.


    Improvement is gradually seen on the symptomatic level wherein the patient starts experiencing relief from the symptoms and notices a general sense of well being. Skin changes take longer duration to get back to normal but improvement in energy levels, better appetite, stable blood pressure, etc. are initial changes that occur.


    Lastly, proper constitutional treatment can also help to arrest the progress of this condition and this is one worthy reason to opt for homeopathic treatment as soon as the condition is diagnosed.