Glandular support is very important during psychiatric recovery. Adrenal fatigue is well documented, but in my clinical experience, there are actually five glands that are fatigued and challenged during medication withdrawal and psychiatric recovery. They are: pineal gland, parotid, liver, spleen, and adrenals.
From clinical experience, and from information obtained through applied kinesiology, I have found the following glands to be exhausted, or challenged, during medication withdrawal and psychiatric recovery: pineal, parotid, liver, spleen, and adrenals. There are at least three ways to support them: 1) through energy medicine, 2) through nutritional supplements/detoxification, and 3) by taking glandular supplements.
I get Pineal Glandular supplement from Deseret Biologicals, Liver Extract from Ecological Formulas/Cardiovascular Research, Adrenal Complex from Integrative Therapeutics Inc., and Parotid gland from Standard Process.
When a patient is taking medications, Liver Extract should not be given to the patient until medication levels are slightly elevated for the patient’s needs. By adding Liver Extract, liver function will be enhanced, and therefore the ability to detoxify and rid the body of medications will also be accelerated, resulting in lower functional blood levels of medications. I find that liver support will generally result in improved spleen function, so I have not needed to give spleen glandular supplements.
In general, my patients respond to adrenal glandular support with increased anxiety, so I do not use this approach very often. Instead, I try to support the adrenals by decreasing histamine, which is a neuromodulator of the adrenals. By decreasing histamine, I can lessen the work load on the adrenals. I can decrease histamine by doing energy work, taking out foods that the patient is hypersensitive to, and adding quercetin or Opsin II (by Deseret Biologicals).
I often need to support the pineal gland, during medication withdrawal, through glandular supplementation. In particular, it seems to support the patient’s ability to sleep and maintain a healthy appetite, which often falter during medication withdrawal without it.
Often, I will address parotid gland stress by recommending a biological dentist to remove metal fillings appropriately, encourage the use of a good toothpaste (Dentarome Ultra by Young Living Essential Oils) that is flouride-free, and a good biological (holistic) dentist who avoids the use of toxic chemicals in dentistry. I have not used parotid gland much, but will be doing so soon.
Of course the glands involved in reproductive hormones are also important, but this article is meant to provide clinical tips rather than a clinical treatise, so I will leave these glands for another day.
Hope this helps,
Alice W. Lee, M.D.