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Cushing Syndrome

by Dr Vaid Ji on Mar 15, 2024

Cushing Syndrome


Cushing’s syndrome is an uncommon condition when you have high levels of cortisol in your body. Another term for Cushing’s syndrome is hypercortisolism. It is not a single disease but a group of diseases. Cortisol is a steroid hormone commonly known as the stress hormone. During time of stress, your body releases extra cortisol.

What is the role of cortisol in the body?

It is stress hormone, is secreted by the adrenal glands.

  • Suppresses inflammation
  • Control blood pressure
  • Control blood sugar
  • Regulates the body’s stress response
  • Salt balance in your body
  • Converting the energy in your diet
  • Making new memories

Causes of Cushing Syndrome

Pituitary Adenomas- Cushing’s disease

Ectopic ACTH syndrome: Ectopic ACTH syndrome occurs when benign or malignant tumors outside the pituitary gland produce ACTH. Common tumor types that produce ACTH are lung tumors, produce ACTH are lung tumors, pancreatic islet cell tumors, medullary carcinoma of the thyroid  and thymoma.

Adrenal tumor

Familial Cushing syndrome

Long-term glucocorticoid therapy: Asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus or other inflammatory diseases

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Corticosteroid medications

Symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome

  • Round or moon shaped face
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Accumulation of excess fat in the neck and shoulder area
  • Central obesity with thin arms and legs
  • Stretch marks, such as pink or purple streaks on the abdomen, thighs and buttocks
  • Erectile dysfunction and decreased libido in men
  • Hirsutism and irregular menstrual cycles in women
  • Muscle weakness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Slow growth in children with cushing’s syndrome
  • Mental illness

How to diagnosed Cushing’s syndrome

  • Urine and blood test
  • Saliva test
  • CT scan, MRI
  • Low dose dexamethasone suppressions test

Risk of Cushing’s syndrome

  • Malnutrition
  • Injury
  • Pregnancy related stress
  • Athletic training
  • Alcoholism
  • High levels of stress, panic disorder or emotional distress


  • High BP
  • Sugar
  • Recurrent or unusual infections
  • Muscle damage
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thromboembolism

Diet tips for Cushing syndrome

  • Power up your calcium
  • Eat whole grains
  • Non- starchy vegetables and fruits
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep your muscles strong
  • Regular yoga and exercise
  • Avoid salt, dry, oily and junk foods
  • Sleep properly
  • Consume a balanced diet

Natural herbs for Cushing’s syndrome


It helps to control electrolyte imbalances. It is a rich source of antioxidants and has been linked to controlled hormonal levels in the body

Dandelion tea

The antioxidant compounds found in dandelions help in liver, kidney, and adrenal gland operate optimally, It is an effective remedy for Cushing’s syndrome


Inflammation throughout the body is a common side effect of Cushing ’syndrome, and Avocados have high omega-3 fatty acid levels that can reduce widespread inflammation effectively.

Magnolia Bark

It decreased levels of cortisol in the body, which makes this a key herbal supplement in the treatment of Cushing’s syndrome. It also reduces stress and anxiety.

Licorice is soothing

Licorice root is anti-inflammatory as well as adaptogenic in nature. It helps fight anxiety and depression. So, you can consume half to one teaspoon of licorice root powder with warm water or milk once daily to alleviate the symptoms

Ayurvedic view of Cushing syndrome

In Ayurveda Cushing’s syndrome is managed based on the symptoms.Excess consumption of salty, food, suppression of natural urges, hyper or hypo functioning of agni affects dhatu again leads to symptoms of Cushing syndrome. Panchakarma therapies for Cushing’s syndrome such as Nasya, basti

Ayurvedic herbs use in Cushing’s syndrome

  • Musta
  • Amala
  • Haritaki
  • Guduchi
  • Vidanga
  • Mulethi