Hi! I've started seeing an herbalist who has recommended that I take some supplements to boost my adrenal function. I've got some symptoms of low adrenal function; but, she also says that you have to "feed your adrenal gland" to boost thyroid function. (I have Hashimoto's hypothyroidism.) One of the supplements is DHEA; the other option is pregnenolone. From what I have read, they are both precursors to progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, etc.
I am pretty terrified of taking either one of these for fear that they will increase my already-elevated testosterone level—they both come with warnings of increased acne, facial hair (in women), aggression, etc... All of the symptoms of excessive testosterone. However, I do trust my herbalist and believe that she is onto something with the concept of nurturing exhausted adrenals to help with both thyroid function and hormone imbalances.
For the record, I have had my DHEA-S level checked recently and it came back "normal". But, I have been under a great deal of stress within the past year and have a lot of symptoms of sluggish adrenals.
Does anyone have any experience with taking either of these supplements—DHEA or pregnenolone?