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The adrenal gland, an endocrine gland situated near the kidneys, is divided into two parts. The inner portion (medulla) of the adrenal gland secretes epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (adrenaline). The outer portion (the cortex) manufactures the hormones cortisone and aldosterone. All these hormones are necessary for life.
Adrenal extracts are made from the adrenal glands of cows, pigs, or other animals. According to a theory prevalent in alternative medicine, the consumption of adrenal extracts can strengthen the function of an underperforming or exhausted adrenal gland. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this belief, and no rational justification to indicate that it might be true.
Early in the twentieth century, physicians used...