What is the pituitary gland?
The pituitary gland is a pea sized hormone-secreting gland that is attached just below the hypothalamus by nerve fibres.
It is sometimes called the “master gland” because it not only secretes many extremely important hormones but it also regulates the activity of other hormone-secreting glands throughout the body.
What problems are associated with the pituitary gland?
Problems associated with the pituitary include migraines, left sided weakness, menstrual problems, birth trauma, dietary abuse during pregnancy and digestive upset.
What does the pituitary gland do?
The pituitary consists of two lobes, called the anterior and the posterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary is responsible for the release of a number of hormones that have widespread effects throughout the body.
“growth hormone,” which is involved with growth.
“follicle-stimulating hormone,” which plays a role in development and reproduction.
“luteinizing hormone,” which is essential to testosterone production and reproduction.
“adrenocorticotropic hormone,” which is involved with the stress/fear response.
“thyroid stimulating hormone,” which is important to healthy metabolism and prolactin, which promotes milk production in females.
The release of these hormones is controlled by the hypothalamus (discussed in the previous post,) which sends signals in the form of releasing hormones to tell the anterior pituitary when to secrete its own hormones.
The posterior pituitary also secretes two hormones, but does not synthesise them. Instead, they are synthesised by the hypothalamus and then sent to the posterior pituitary for release into the bloodstream.
The names of these hormones are oxytocin and vasopressin. Oxytocin has important roles in facilitating childbirth and lactation, but is also thought to have a role in compassion and social bonding. Vasopressin's main functions are to control urine output and regulate blood pressure.
What can I do now?
At home you can rub the right side of the occiput (the back of the head), you can rub your jaw bone for 5 minutes going all the way up and around the ears. You can also shine a laser into your "glabella" - the smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows. (Do this with your eyes closed!)
What can Kinesiology do for my pituitary?
Nutritional support for the pituitary includes manganese, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin D and vitamin E. For proper healthy function of the pituitary it is good to take colloidal minerals that contain a good amount of potassium.
Kinesiology uses several test kits full of nutrition that supports the pituitary and the glandular system. During a treatment your body can tell us what specific nutritional supplement your body needs rather than guessing.