Question for John.....what kind of herbs were you taking?
For ANVIL.....I was taking the lowest dose of Propranalol 1 x day....my 'normal' resting BP is 90/60 and my 'normal' body temp runs 95.0-97.7 in the morning. Both these low numbers (and especially in the absence of thyroid problems) are hallmarks of Adrenal Insufficiency. I also have just above high-normal range of potassium, another symptom, since aldosterone which is also manufactured by the adrenals controls sodim/potassium ratio. By BP is higher lately since I've started using the Baschetti Licorice root, but DON'T use it unless you have low BP AND a baseline potassium test done as this strong of licorice root can lower potassium and help you retain fluid (which I needed).
For the last few months I've been on low doses of Cortef 2-3 mg. 2 x day and I'm using 1-2 Isocort in the late afternoon. As long as I control my stress level, especially internally, and don't overextend what little energy I have for the day, it seems to help and I sleep better. The jury is out right now on all the benefits, but I'm going to run Cortisol tests while I'm on it to see where my numbers are. I read that people take 5-10 mg. bu for me, even with my morning cortisol abou 25% below lowest range I can't tolerate more than 3 mg. If I take around 3 mg. of Cortef I've noticed that it DOES lower my heart rate, sometimes from 100 bpm to around 65-70, but the contractions seem harder, so that's something to consider. Isocort doesn't seem to have the same immediate affect. However, since my ears ring already, I've noticed that if I take more than 2 mg. of Cortef they ring even louder, which makes me just nuts!
For testing I've used 2 places. Both had the same results which says something good for them. If you didn't get any relief from Isocort it would really be a good idea to see where your cortisol numbers are. Keep in mind, if your adrenal fatigue is moderate to severe, it may take a LONG while to see results, so be patient!!!
http://www.diagnostechs.com They only deal with Dr.s' but yours can call and order testing kits. They charge about $100. for the labwork. They have a great website, so check it out, with sample tests and articles.
The other is Neuro-Science, Inc (Pharmasan Labs). Their site is http:///w.thehormoneshop.com. The have all KINDS of tests you can order WITHOUT a Dr. and very reasonable.
Have you read Dr. Wilson's book ADRENAL FATIGUE? An absolute must if you think you have adrenal problems. Another book I highly recommend is the late Dr. Poesnecker's book called Chronic Fatigue Unmasked 2000. It's cheapest (I think about $15.00) if you order it from the Clymer Healing Research Center's website http://.www.chronicfatigue.org. Don't let the title throw you....the book is about adrenal problems and Dr. Poesnecker's decades of treating adrenal patients through the Clymer clinic. He found a great many CFS patients had adrenal problems and for many it was their PRIMARY problem.