Natural Health and Health For The Endocrine System
The Endocrine System is made of the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, pineal gland, thyroid, parathyroids, thymus, adrenal glands, the pancreas, & the gonads (ovaries or testes).
The glands & organs of the endocrine system produce & regulate hormones in the bloodstream. The hormones produced give signals to organs, body systems, & cycles to work & to do their jobs. The Endocrine System controls, stimulates & regulates the growth cycle, sleep cycle, reproductive cycle, & nutritional cycle of the body.
The pituitary, hypothalamus, & pineal are located in the head & brain area.
The pituitary gland is the master gland. It controls the functions of the other endocrine glands.
The hypothalamus have nerve cells that help stimulate or suppress hormone secretion from the pituitary gland. The pineal gland produces melatonin. Melatonin control the rest & awake cycles of the body.
Located near the front of the lower part of the neck is the thyroid gland. The thyroid produce hormones that give energy to the body from food that has been eaten. Thyroid produced hormones regulate bone growth, nervous system function, & brain development in youth.
Parathyroids are located in the neck. Hormones produced by the parathyroids regulate calcium levels in the blood.
The thymus is located near the heart. The thymus is needed for the production of T-cells. T-cells help fight foreign tissue, control anti-body production & the immune system.
The adrenal glands are located 1 on each kidney. They have dual functions. The inner part of the adrenal gland (adrenal medulla) produces adrenaline. Adrenaline makes the heart-rate & blood pressure rise when a person experience stress. The outer part of the adrenal gland (adrenal cortex) regulate salt & water balance in the body. It also regulate metabolism, the immune system, sexual development & function, & how the body handles stress.
The pancreas is in the abdomen. It produces insulin. Insulin decides how much sugar is needed to circulate in the blood.
The gonads are either the ovaries or testes in lower abdomen. They are the source of the sex hormones that help regulate the reproductive cycle.
A healthy endocrine system is very important for proper growth, development, and living. Herbal Therapy has been very successful at treating and maintaining a healthy endocrine system.
Herbs for the Endocrine System:
1. Adrenal Gland - Royal Jelly - Bee Pollen - Hawthorn Berries – Ginseng - Gotu Kola
2. Pituitary Gland - Alfalfa - Burdock - Damiana - Dong Quai – Oatstraw
3. Lymphatic Gland - Chaparral - Echinacea - Yellow Dock – Golden Seal - Burdock - Garlic
4. Pancreas - Juniper Berries - Dandelion - Garlic - Licorice
5. Ovaries - Dong Quai - Damiana - Burdock - Sarsaparilla
6. Thymus - Bee Pollen - Royal Jelly - Ginseng - Echinacea – Fenugreek - Rose Hips - Evening Primrose
7. Thyroid - Chlorella - Cayenne - Mullein - Lobelia - Sarsaparilla – Licorice - Parsley
8. Testes - Ginseng - Dandelion - Sarsaparilla - Licorice –Damiana
Fruits for the Endocrine System:
Peaches - Pears - Pineapple
Vegetables for the Endocrine System:
Beets - Lettuce - Turnips