Adrenal Fatigue. Symptoms, cause and treatment

Adrenal Fatigue

The World Health Organisation recognised Adrenal Fatigue as a disorder in 2010. Yet many doctors are still skeptical. Although common, it’s not an illness per se, more a profound state of depletion.

The symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:

  • Waking up exhausted after a full night’s sleep
  • Craving caffeine, salt and sugar
  • High levels of fatigue each day
  • Inability to handle stress
  • Higher energy levels in the evenings
  • A weak immune system

Our adrenal glands sit on top of the kidney cortex. They are responsible for pumping the stress hormone cortisol into our body, helping to regulate everything from digestion to blood pressure to sleep. Clearly, a little stress is a good thing, helping us cope during short periods of stress. But add in a relentlessly stressful modern lifestyle, poor diet and toxic load and eventually your adrenals are overworked to the point that they simply tire out.

And there seems to be scant advice on how to tackle it effectively, bar a week off work, ‘trying not to get stressed’ and lots of sleep. A week off your non-stop life is not going to solve the problem, because as soon as you go back to it guess what? The problem resumes.

How does Chinese Medicine view Adrenal Fatigue?

In Chinese Medicine we’d consider Adrenal Fatigue as kidney deficiency, as we relate every symptom to an organ and they sit right on top of the kidneys. Chinese Medicine at its most simplistic is all about purge and nourish.

Kidneys are the ‘root of life’ according to Chinese Medicine and should be protected at all costs. They are regarded as the body’s most important reservoir of essential energy. The kidneys are attributed with the role of managing your ‘constitutional health’ – what keeps you going when you skipped breakfast or had a dreadful night’s sleep or why you never catch other people’s colds, or always do…

How the Hayo’u Method can help

The best way to alleviate the symptoms of Adrenal fatigue is to learn an effective way to manage stress on a daily basis and to support your kidneys.

In the morning, maximise your shower. Combine Hayo’u Mineral Wash, water with the Rescue Breath and Reset Rituals to feel deeply refreshed and energised for the day ahead.

In the evening, bathe and practice an extended Rescue Breath Ritual.

Finally practice the Body Restorer Ritual before bed. Learn about our rituals below.

Reset Ritual

This simple technique supports the circulation system which helps the heart and the blood. Focus on drumming your kidney area as this will directly support the adrenals by oxygenating the area and unblocking Qi stagnation. It’s widely believed that twisting supports the kidneys and adrenals.

Learn the Reset Ritual here

Stop doing any exercise which produces cortisol – like running, gym, boxing etc. Take gentle exercise instead, outside if at all possible. Natural light affects the pineal gland and will help reset your brains stress response. Walking, swimming and Pilates are all fantastic, relaxing workouts which don’t stress your body further.

Rescue Breath Ritual

This simple technique is the first defence against stress. Proper breathing restores the parasympathetic nervous system, calms the mind and heart rate, deeply oxygenates the blood and overrides any emotional negativity.

The vagus nerve is the most important element of the parasympathetic nervous system (the one that calms you down when you are stressed). The vagus nerve ends your body’s fight-or-flight response once a stress has passed.

The vagus nerve acts as the mind-body connection, and it is the cabling behind your heart’s emotions and gut instincts. You cannot control this part of the nervous system on demand, but you can indirectly stimulate your vagus nerve with your breath.

Learn the Rescue Breath Ritual here.

Body Restorer Ritual

Historically, the Chinese have relied on Gua Sha to relieve any kind of pain and stagnation in the body. One of the main reasons that Gua Sha is so effective is because the action has been shown in studies to exponentially increase circulation in the body.

The heart and blood are the focal points for anxiety. In Chinese Medicine, we believe that focusing Gua Sha on your chest will assist the heart by boosting blood flow, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the heart area and easing tension. Furthermore, we’d recommend use of our Hayo’u Body Oil for the lubrication necessary for Gua Sha. The combination of natural ingredients – such as Lotus flower and Frankincense – have been specifically selected to relax the body.

Learn the Body Restorer Ritual here.

Disclaimer: Gua Sha is a treatment designed to relieve muscular pain and tension and improve circulation. Results vary according to age, strength of body, skin type and medical conditions. If you are under the age of 16 and over the age of 60 or suffering specific medical conditions we do not recommend using the Body Restorer™. At no point should treatment feel painful. Always start gently, observing the reaction to your skin and proceed with caution. If in any doubt, contact us at or seek medical advice. This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.


Assessment of the Effects of Pranayama/Alternate Nostril Breathing on the Parasympathetic Nervous System in Young Adults.

Anant Narayan Sinha – Published 2013 in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research