The Responsibility of the Endocrine Glands
Each endocrine gland produces specific hormones to accomplish a specific task in the body. These glands include the pineal, thyroid, pancreas, reproductive, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Below is a little insight to what each gland does.
(also known as Epiphysis or “Third Eye”)
Responsibility: Produces melatonin in the body, maintain circadian rhythm and regulate reproductive hormones.
Responsibility: Hormones produced by the thyroid gland control the temperature, physical growth, and muscle control. The thyroid is also responsible for your metabolic rate.
Responsibility: Produces glucagons and insulin hormones. These hormones work to supply your cells with glucose, the body’s form of energy.
Responsibility: The hormones produced by this gland manage the sex hormones. Each gender produces different types of reproductive hormones. A simple explanation is male glands produce androgen and testosterone while females produce estrogen and progesterone.
(also known as Hypothalamus)
Responsibility: These hormones work together with the endocrine system to provide a link to the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. The hypothalamus’ primary function is the balance and communication between the nervous system and hormone production to regulate normal function and systemic body balance. This gland is also responsible for the production of growth hormone.
Responsibility: The adrenal gland is responsible for managing how the body handles stress. This gland is divided into two different parts that each product their own unique hormone. The inner adrenals gland produces hormones that increase the heart rate and blood pressure. The outer adrenals glands make sure the immune system is functioning, is responsible for sexual development, manages the metabolic rate of the body, and regulates stress levels. Signs of adrenal gland disorder include symptoms such as fatigue, low blood sugar, weight gain, and muscle aches.
Acupuncture for Endocrine Health
To treat an endocrine disorder, the acupuncturist must find the imbalance in the patient’s system. The endocrine system is what links the two types of Qi together, Yin-Qi and Yang-Qi. Yin-Qi and Yang-Qi refers to two opposite energies that flow in every single creation. Without one type of energy the other cannot exist and when one is disrupted the entire system will be disrupted. Acupuncture treatments help balance these two energies by targeting the different meridians. In the case of the endocrine system, the ruling meridians are kidney and spleen meridians. This helps strengthen a person’s endocrine system.
Acupuncture is also used for improving energy levels, managing sleep, restoring hormonal balance, managing menstrual problems, and reduce stress. Share all of your symptoms with your acupuncturist so that she can target the right acu-points. This will restore the energy flow of your body which should relieve your symptoms, boost immune function, and optimize health and wellness in general.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can always be used in conjunction with Western medical treatments.