Cushing’s Disease – Mechanism and Treatment
Deficient cortisol fabrication by adrenal cortex is identified as Addison’s disease, and an increase of production of cortisol is recognized as Cushing’s disease.
Cushing’s Disease in the majority of cases is caused by the tumor of the adrenal or pituitary glands. These conditions at some point of development may result in adrenal cortex disorder. When this gland manufactures the unbalanced excessive amount of glucocorticoids a.k.a. cortisol the Cushing’s disease starts and the following symptoms of this medical condition are usually reported by patients:
- round shape of the face;
- extra fat around neck;
- acne vulgaris;
- poor short-term memory;
- purple stretch marks on a skin a.k.a. striae;
- hirsutism – excessive hair grows;
- tendency hyperglycemia;
- blood hypertension;
- swelling of feet/legs;
- bone loss;
- weakened immunological function;
- sexual dysfunction;
- female masculinity.
The Cushing’s disease significantly more often recorded in the female, and the men/women ratio is approximate between 1:2 and 1:3.
Also, 15 to 40 years are the most often affected age for Cushing’s disease.
Prognosis of the Cushing’s disease depends on various criteria and first of all on the primary cause…
- Is it adrenal cancer, ectopic malignantly with metastasis or just a benign grows on pituitary gland?
- Also, the prognosis will depend on the pace this medical condition is developing.
- How aggressive the process is and what symptoms and secondary processes accompanying the Cushing’s disease in this particular patient…
- Does heart working ok or it fails?
- Is cerebrovascular blood circulation vigor enough?
- How are the kidneys functioning? Do they produce a normal amount of urine? Uremia is a very bad sign for future prognosis in Cushing’s disease.
Clinical diagnosing of Cushing’s disease is difficult because the major symptoms of this medical condition listed above may occur in a minority of cases only. It is very common that in the beginning and for a long while this disorder develops without any symptoms at all. That’s why biochemical diagnostic tests become more important. The list of biochemical tests includes:
- salivary and blood serum cortisol testing;
- 24-hour urinary free cortisol (UFC) testing;
- dexamethasone suppression test (DST);
- bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS);
- plasma corticotropin concentrations (density level of corticotropin in the plasma steadily below 1.1 pmol/L is categorized as a corticotropin-independent syndrome and it does not support a diagnosis of Cushing’s disease).
Apparently, neither one of the tests listed above is flawless. The more tests executed, the better chance is to determine the accurate diagnosis. Diagnosing of Cushing’s disease is a complicated process that requires an effort of family physicians, radiologists, chemical pathologists, endocrinologists, and surgeons at the same time.
Treatment for Cushing’s Disease
The medical approach to patients with Cushing’s Disease, first of all, depends on the cause of the illness. The family physician may recommend remedies that help regulate the mechanism of cortisol manufacturing as well as symptomatic medicines that reduce the intensity of major symptoms.
For patients who take corticosteroids on a regular basis for another medical condition, an adjustment in drugs and/or dosages mandatory required. It is very important for a patient to be under the supervision of the medical professional all the time. Grows may be malignant or benign. It is complicated and most of the time impossible to predict salinization. Invasive procedure for the removal of the tumor may be essential. In some cases of Cushing’s disease, radiological treatment or chemotherapy is necessary.
At Viva Healthy Life 52 cases of Cushing’s disease in both males and females, individuals were cured with homeopathic remedies individually selected by Dr. Tsan. The clinical progress comprehended were evaluated. Homeopathy defined as a medical philosophy that requires the use of individually chosen homeopathic remedies for each particular case based on patient’s individual complaints, patient’s constitution, and the way of illness development and modalities. The purpose of the study was to determine if a homeopathic method is an effective way of treatment for Cushing’s Disease and if it is, how effective the homeopathic healing is for this disease. The total success percentage for the homeopathic therapy was calculated and appeared as high as 80%. These positive results were approximately comparable between the two genders, demonstrating that “likes cure likes” philosophy leads to significant positive treatment of Cushing’s disease.
Some medicinal herbs can also benefit in repairing the process of cortisol production and bringing it back to the normal and healthy state.
The list of those medicinal herbs consists of:
Ginseng for Cushing’s Disease Treatment
Disproportional cortisol production and infusion in a blood stream weaken the organism’s aptitude to properly manage stress situations. Both types of Ginseng (Panax and Siberian) are considered as medicines that are enhancing the ability of the organism to handle somatic and emotional tension. Also, these herbs are able to neutralize the destructive effects of the raised cortisol concentration in a blood stream.
Magnolia Bark for Cushing’s disease treatment
The Magnolia barks extract well-known in ancient Tibetan and Chinese medicines as the remedy that helps to cope with nervousness and constant worry. Also, Magnolia Bark advertised as a medicine for obesity because of the capability to control and normalize a cortisol manufacturing.
Kampo Medicines for Cushing’s disease treatment
Kampo medication, a.k.a. Han System is an element of TCM established during the Han Empire and then more than 1000 years later implemented in Japan and Taiwan. While Kampo integrates several modalities such as acupuncture, it is profoundly centered on the mixture or medicinal herbs. Academics at the Oita University Hospital in Japan verified the result of consumption of Kampo medicines on the concentration of the serum cortisol while patients were in a chronic stress state. The outcomes that were distributed in the magazine of Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin dated October 27, 2004, demonstrated that the Sho-change-ka-bukuryo-to prescription declined blood cortisol concentration, Kampo remedies are uniformed and controlled as pharmacological ingredients in China and Japan.
Acupuncture for Cushing’s disease
In the East Asia, acupuncture became one of the most effective methods of treatment for Cushing’s disease. According to five elements philosophy Cushing’s disease imbalances flow of qi energy in the meridians of Liver and Spleen causing access energy in a kidney. It leads to a decrease of production of cortisol by the adrenal cortex. The acupuncture is number one of the alternative choices for Cushing’s disease treatment.
Reiki healing for Cushing’s disease by Reiki Master Dr. Tsan
Reiki is a practice of treatment using manual passes around the body in order to handle energy flow inside and all over the organism helping to release the organism’s genetic curing ability. Reiki is a modern Japanese treatment invented by Master Usui.”
This method stimulates recreation of body energy, reduces tension and nervousness, and improves an individual’s overall feeling of health. Supreme Reiki healers describe Reiki as a method of correction of all essential corporeal and emotional issues or disproportions. Reiki also is beneficial for individuals with malignant grows because this method reduces their level of pain tolerance.
Treatment of Cushing’s disease at Viva Healthy Life by Dr. Tsan
At Viva Healthy Life during the period of 2012 – 2014 more than 100 patients were treated with a combination of acupuncture, Reiki, and homeopathy.
Dr. Tsan, internationally famous Reiki Master, homeopath, and acupuncturist have an outstanding experience in Cushing’s disease healing.
As a result, 90% of patients at Viva Healthy Life reported significant subjective improvement. The cortisol level decreased in 75% of cases for at least 15%. This is the great result considering that these patients did not receive any hormonal treatment.