I'm housebound/bedbound (don't know which one exactly),so I think my cortisol is low most of the times.I'm sick since 2 decades and certainly I'm in the late stages of the disease- so low cortisol.I am satisfied from the suma root and nettle leaf powders because they give me energy and stress relief.But is this the right treatment for low cortisol-with adaptogens? - "i have come to learn that low cortisol individuals and the usual "adrenal support" herbs like siberian ginseng, panax ginseng, schizandra, etc. do not go together. They are announced as "adaptogenic" which is true, but only for high cortisol or fluctuating cortisol levels. If you are all out low, these herbs act to lower serum cortisol even more or suppress the much need cortisol by your body and gives you "fake" energy or what the chinese would say, "excess yang, using up the kidney yin reserves". basically, you have no substance in your kidneys and yet are lighting the fire even more." So should I stop taking suma and nettle combo,despite giving me better energy, and take rehmannia as it raises cortisol?- "Rebuilding the YIN should be the primary treatment as the chinese say there can never be too much YIN. Rehmannia Six is apparently a good formula for this and it takes about 3 months to slowly nourish the body. " Also what about hydrocortisone for low cortisol?I think it's a good idea-20mg hydrocortisone per day-a dose which won't suppress the adrenals? What about rotating Prednisone/Medrol/Dexamethasone every day in order to avoid long term steroid side effects? Does coffee make my energy worse in long term?I can't stop the coffee because it gives me so much energy,I simply can not believe it's bad for my energy long term.I've read somewhere coffee helps with production of energy?