Are the symptoms of OverDrive Adrenaline similar to UnderActive Adrenaline and are the treatments similar?

Published: April 17, 2013

Dr T, Are the symptoms of OverDrive Adrenaline similar to UnderActive Adrenaline? Are the treatments similar? Or Overdrive is best with adaptogenic herb and UnderActive suits with adding cortisol treatment? And for someone with limited budget for testing, do you still recommend going for a saliva testing or self test may also be possible? Thanks for your help.


Do you mean overactive vs underactive adrenals (vs adrenaline)? The Adaptogenics like ashwagandha and Phos Ser are best used if cortisol is higher than we'd like (eg- if people are wide awake at bedtime) and the adrenal support/cortisol if levels are suboptimal (usually in the AM). Too low in the am and too high at night is often found in the same person.

Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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