Hyperfunction of the adrenal medulla
The pheochromocytoma is a tumor that occurs preferentially in the adrenal medulla but also in other parts of the body. His cells are overly adrenaline and norepinephrine, resulting in high blood pressure.
Those affected suffer from seizure-type hypertensive attacks that are accompanied by headache, dizziness, and palpitations (flushing symptoms). Anxiety and severe sweating also occur. The tumor is removed surgically, the hypertension is treated by medication.
Hypofunction of the adrenal medulla
Various diseases such as diabetes, alcoholism, porphyria (reduced formation of the red blood pigment hemoglobin) or amyloidosis (abnormal protein deposits throughout the body) cause the adrenal medulla to produce too little catecholamine. This disturbs blood pressure regulation.
Often headaches, tinnitus or dizziness occur, many sufferers are easily fainted. They help with blood pressure increasing drugs.
How can I protect and support my adrenal glands?
To keep your adrenal glands from running into high gear, banish as much stress as possible from your daily routine - if that's not possible, at least provide enough relaxation time.
Also, make sure you have enough magnesium, potassium and vitamins B and C to keep your adrenal glands fit. Have you ever tried yoga?
Especially the exercises "Cobra", "Bow" and "Half Swivel" support the hormone production of your adrenal glands. Another insider tip: The ginseng root has been used for thousands of years in China and Korea as a tonic for the adrenal cortex. Try it with a tea infusion from a small piece of the "stress killer" root.