July 23, 2016

Adrenal Extract

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What other names is Adrenal Extract known by?

ACE, Adrenal, Adrenal Complex, Adrenal Concentrate, Adrenal Cortex, Adrenal Cortex Extract, Adrenal Factors, Adrenal Medulla, Adrenal Polypeptide Fractions, Adrenal Powder, Adrenal Substance, Cortex Surrénalien, Extracto Suprarrenal, Extrait de Cortex Surrénalien, Extrait de Glandes Surrénales, Extrait de Glandes Surrénales Entières, Facteurs Surrénaliens, Glandulaire,Glandular, Lyophilized Adrenal Tissue, Médullaire des Glandes Surrénales, Médullaire Surrénale, Médullosurrénale, Substance Surrénalienne, Tissu Lyophilisé de Glande Surrénale, Whole Adrenal Extract.

What is Adrenal Extract?

Adrenal extract is a chemical that is made from the adrenal glands of slaughtered cows, pigs, and sheep. Adrenal glands make certain hormones. People use the extract as a medicine. It can be taken by mouth, placed under the tongue (used sublingually) or injected into the veins (given intravenously).

By mouth, adrenal extract is used for low adrenal function, fatigue, stress, lowered resistance to illness, severe allergies, asthma, certain skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Some people put adrenal extract under the tongue for physical or emotional stress, poor stress tolerance, general fatigue, allergies, autoimmune disorders, depression, pain and swelling (inflammation), low blood pressure, low blood sugar, drug and alcohol withdrawal, and discontinuation of cortisone drugs.

Intravenously, adrenal extract has been used for treating low adrenal function, high levels of potassium in the blood, and ulcerative colitis, and for preventing miscarriage.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Low adrenal function.
  • Fatigue.
  • Stress.
  • Fighting off illness.
  • Allergies.
  • Asthma.
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
  • Depression.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Low blood sugar.
  • Drug and alcohol withdrawal.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of adrenal extract for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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