Adrenaline Hormone

A Few Facts About The Adrenaline Hormone

The adrenaline hormone is released when a person, or an animal, feels fear, or is angry. The adrenaline hormone is released by the adrenal gland, which is located just above the kidney. It is also called epinephrine, a rough translation of the Greek and Latin words for “above the kidney”. Most lay people call the hormone adrenaline, while those in the medical profession usually use the term epinephrine.

The adrenaline hormone, or epinephrine, can also be artificially synthesized and has a number of medical uses. The hormone is also known, colloquially, as the "fight or flight" hormone. Back in the days when the human was basically a hunter-gatherer and had large animals of prey or other hostile humans to contend with, the adrenaline hormone served the very useful purpose of preparing a person to either do battle or beat a hasty retreat. The hormone, once released by the adrenal gland, prepared the human for action, both mentally and physically. In today's world, if we suddenly feel fear or anger, the hormone is still released, but in today's world, neither fight or flight is seldom an appropriate response, especially in the home or in the workplace, so we bottle up the energy, as civilized people are supposed to do, and over time suffer from stress .

Harmful Interactions And Side Effects - Adrenaline, or epinephrine, is available in supplement form and has a number of uses, but the hormone must be used with a great deal of caution as there are areas in which it can be very helpful and other areas where it can interact with certain medications, foods, or chemical compounds in a very dangerous fashion. Adrenaline supplements are completely incompatible with any metals, alkalies, or oxidizing agents, and a number of medications, as well as being incompatible with caffeine. Taking adrenalin supplements, especially if taking an overdose, can increase one's blood pressure, and affect the cardiac rhythm as well as the strength of the heart beat (thumping experienced in the chest). In fact, these side effects are similar to those we at times feel when we are afraid or very upset, though in the case of taking supplements the side effects can be much more pronounced. In extreme cases, ventricular fibrillation can occur, and overdoses of adrenalin hormone supplements can even lead to disorientation and psychosis.

Relieve As Well As Cause Stress - While in today's world, the adrenaline hormone is often considered to do more harm than good, a dose of adrenalin in the right time and place, such as during participation in an athletic event (such as bull riding) can serve both a protective function and is also a good reliever of pent-up stress. Athletes who have just gone through a fierce competition, rarely if ever feel stressed for some time afterward.

Dilation Of Blood Vessels And Air Passages - In the medical world, epinephrine can be administered to cause the same reactions that the hormone as released by the adrenal gland would cause, such as dilation of the blood vessels, and dilation of air passages. In the latter case epinephrine is a useful agent in fighting asthmatic attacks and also can be used to combat other allergic reactions. In such cases epinephrine may be inhaled as a spray or injected. In a fight or flight situation, the expansion of the blood vessels allows more blood to be supplied to the major muscle groups, allowing us to run faster and further than we ever imagined we could, or fight or even work harder. Epinephrine is also very useful in treating anaphylactic shock.

As one can see, on the one the artificially produced adrenaline hormone or epinephrine is very useful at times, but as a supplement can be somewhat like holding a tiger by the tail, and must be used with great caution.