What is the Endocrine System?
Endocrine glands create different types of hormones that have a specific job to do in the human body. These hormones manage every aspect of your health by regulating a person’s mood, reproduction system, physical growth, hormonal output, immune system, and mental conditions. If a person’s endocrine system isn’t working as it should, this could cause a weakened immune system which means you will be at risk for diseases you wouldn’t normally catch.
Acupuncture and oriental medicines have been used to restore function of the endocrine system if a problem ever occurs. This is done by clearing and blockades or disruptions of the body’s meridians, or energy pathways. If there are any imbalances of these pathways, then a person might suffer symptoms like arthritis, cold feeling, digestive problems, fatigue, depression, infertility, or weight gain.
The Responsibility of the Endocrine Glands
Each endocrine gland produces specific hormones to accomplish a certain job. These glands are the pineal, thyroid, pancreas, reproductive, pituitary, and adrenals glands. Below is a little insight to what each gland does.
Gland: Pineal (also known as Epiphysis or “Third Eye”)
Responsibility: Produces melatonin in the body, which is a hormone that manages the waking and sleeping patterns of a person based on seasons, phase of the moon, ect.
Responsibility: Hormones produced by the thyroid gland controls the temperature, physical growth, and main function of each cell in a person’s body. 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 reproduction areas of the body. Each gender produces different types of reproductive hormones. Male glands produce androgen and testosterone while females produce estrogen and progesterone.
Gland: Pituitary (also known as Hypothalamus)
Responsibility: These hormones work together with the endocrine system to provide a link to the central nervous system. When nerve cells need a certain hormone for a specific part of the body, it is the pituitary gland’s job to make sure the right hormone gets there. This gland is also responsible for the physical growth of a person.
Responsibility: The adrenals 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 depending on how stress affects a person’s body. The outer adrenals glands hormones make sure the immune system is working right, is responsible for sexual development, manage the metabolic rate of the body, and regulates stress levels. Stress is the major concern here, so if there is a problem with your adrenals gland then it could cause symptoms such as fatigue, low blood sugar, weight gain, and muscle aches.
Acupuncture for Endocrine Health
To be able to treat an endocrine disorder, an acupuncturist must discover the main problem that is causing an imbalance in the system. The entire 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 techniques are used to help balance these two energies by targeting the kidney meridian which helps strengthen a person’s endocrine system.
Acupuncture is also used for balancing out energy levels, managing sleep, restoring hormonal balance, managing menstrual problems, and helps calm emotions. An acupuncturist must know all of the symptoms wrong with your body so that they can target the right points in order to restore the energy flow of your body which will relieve you of any symptoms, boost the immune functions, and optimize health in general.
Many people like to use a good mix of Western and Eastern healing techniques for managing their endocrines health. Western medicine techniques are best for treating illnesses that are fatal while Eastern methods, like acupuncture and oriental medicine, is best for improving the quality of one’s life. It’s a good idea to mix both Western and Eastern techniques in order to attain a healthy endocrine system. Keeping the system healthy will make sure hormones are being produced at a normal rate which means you will not age as fast as those who are sick and will look young for a long time.
Oriental Medicine and Lifestyle Changes for Endocrine Health
Besides acupuncture, it is important to manage your endocrine system by taking care of your body. Oriental medicine involves making changes to your lifestyle and diet in order to boost endocrine health, improve blood circulation, relieve stress, gain natural energy, relieve muscle aches, as well as help rid the body of any endocrine disorders. Below are a few changes you can make to improve your life overall.
Change: Exercise More
Improves: Exercises such as weight lifting or yoga will improve overall health, boost the functions of the immune system, builds muscle mass, burns any extra fat, strengthen the bones, increase flexibility, and provides you with natural energy that is better than what any caffeinated drink could provide.
Change: Sleep Better
Improves: Rest and proper sleep are extremely important for the body, especially if you exercise as you’re supposed to. Sleep increases our general health, reduces stress, and increases productivity throughout the day.
Change: Eat Slower
Improves: Take your time eating so the body can manage the digestion process easier. Doing so will enable the endocrine system to regulate nutritional information a lot easier.
Change: Relax to Reduce Stress
Improves: Stress is the major cause of malfunctions in the endocrine system. A stressful body will overproduce hormones which can lead to failure of many major organs. Stress relief will also improve your concentration and let you enjoy life at your own pace.