Mark Costello, Master of Acupuncture at Ancient Art Health Center, treats every patient for cortisol dysregulation. The acupuncture he provides is specifically designed to reduce cortisol release and provide your body support to produce and store effective amounts of cortisol in your adrenals.
How it Works: Cortisol is a hormone that is produced in your adrenal glands. It does several things, but we are talking about it because of the way your body uses it to raise your blood sugar. When you haven’t eaten in a while, or if your demand for energy goes up, your body releases cortisol to raise up your blood sugar to normal, functional levels. Reduced cortisol storage is referred to as Adrenal Exhaustion or Adrenal Fatigue.
Other Functions of Cortisol:
Cortisol is released for blood sugar, stress and/or injury/illness. Since these three happenings are so much a part of our daily lives, there is not enough cortisol to do the job. Watch for these symptoms:
Hypoglycemic Episodes:When you go too long without eating, your blood sugar gets low and you get shakey, and/or irritable and/or tired.
Sleep: During the night, your body needs to continually release cortisol to keep your blood sugar at functional levels. If you get low blood sugar while sleeping it will wake you up, sometimes multiple times per night.
Slow Injury/Training Recovery: If you are taking more time to heal muscle or tendon injuries, or it takes longer to recover from athletic training, it is a sign of adrenal fatigue. Severe Fatigue Upon Waking: Morning, before breakfast, your energy level is directly related to your cortisol level. If you don’t have enough cortisol, you wake up exhausted. Hormonal Disorders: Because many hormones compete for foundation materials, when the body is making a lot of cortisol it cannot make other important hormones like estrogen or prostaglandin. Call Mark Costello, L.Ac, at the Ancient Art Health Center to find out how acupuncture can help with your sleep, energy and exercise recovery: 303-797-6656