Enhance your Endocrine Health with Acupuncture
The endocrine system is responsible for hormonal functions in the
body and produces 30 distinct hormones, each of which has a
very specific job to do. This system controls your physical growth,
mood, hormone output, reproductive system, mental function and I
When it’s not working properly, you become more susceptible to
disease and your ability to fight off infection is weakened. Endocrine
glands and how they function impact every area of your health.
The keystone of acupuncture and Oriental medicine has always been
awakening the body’s natural intelligence to heal itself and restore
balance to the system of energy pathways (called “meridians”)
in the body. If the meridians within your body have become depleted,
you can suffer from fatigue, infertility, weight gain, depression,
digestive problems, hair loss, arthritis and feeling chilled no
matter the temperature.
What are the endocrine glands and what do they do?
The major endocrine glands include the adrenals, pancreas, pineal,
pituitary, reproductive and thyroid glands.
Adrenals – Adrenal glands regulate the body’s response to stress
and are made of two parts, each of which secretes a separate set
of hormones. The outer part produces corticosteroid hormones that
regulate the balance of salt and water, stress response, metabolism
, immune function, as well as the development and function of the
reproductive system. The inner part secretes adrenaline hormones
that increase blood pressure and heart rate in response to stress.
Over time, chronic elevated stress levels can lead to weight gain,
decreased resistance to infections, fatigue, muscle aches and
low blood sugar.
Pancreas – The pancreas produces insulin and glucagon, two
hormones that work together to provide the body`s cells with a
constant supply of energy in the form of glucose.
Pineal – The pineal gland is also known as the epiphysis cerebri,
epiphysis, or the “third eye.” It produces the serotonin derivative
melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep
patterns and seasonal functions.
Hypothalamus and Pituitary – These are a collection of specialized
cells that provide the primary link between the endocrine and
central nervous systems. Nerve cells and hormones signal the
pituitary gland to secrete or suppress the release of various
hormone messages to the other glands. The pituitary gland is
also responsible for secreting growth hormones.
Reproductive – These glands secrete hormones that control the
development of male and female characteristics. In males, these
glands secrete androgen hormones, most importantly testosterone.
In females, they produce estrogen, progesterone, eggs, and are
involved in reproductive functions. Thyroid – Thyroid hormones
control the growth, temperature and function of every cell in the
body. The gland
In This Issue
- • Enhance your Endocrine Health with Acupuncture
- • Acupuncture Benefits Sufferers of Exophthalmos
- • Exercises for Detoxification
- • 5 Nutrients to Support Your Endocrine Health
- • Cultivate Optimal Endocrine Health
5 Nutrients to Support Your Endocrine Health
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are part of any
healthy diet. To directly affect your endocrine system, make sure
your diet includes these foods: Fish – Fish provides your body with
Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 oils. These oils are fats that
directly affect cognitive function, cellular function and kidney function
–all the things under the control of the endocrine system.
Eating fish twice a week will aid in keeping a balanced endocrine
system. Garlic – Garlic boosts your immunity, which increases
your ability to fight off infection. It also helps regulate blood sugar