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 immune system. 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 levels.