Laboratory Testing

Adrenal Gland/Fatigue Profile

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal( HPA) axis is a complex system of influences and feedback mechanisms between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and the adrenal glands. The HPA axis controls our reaction to stress and is involved in regulating many processes of the body, including thyroid function, digestion, immune function, mood, sleep, energy, and sexual drive.

Status of the HPA axis can be tested by  measuring the 6 primary neurotransmitters: Serotonin, GABA, glutamate, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine.  Salivary cortisol, DHEAs, progesterone, testeterone and estrogen can also be measured.  Salivary samples are more accurate and preferred over urine or blood testing for the fact that hormones and neurotramitters desire to be in a fatty medium where as urine and blood are more water based.