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Endocrine System

Pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pineal body, and reproductive glands make up the Endocrine System. Their primary function is to produce and secrete hormones to regulate metabolism and growth, aid in Pregnancy, and for reproductive purposes.

Some health conditions associated with the Endocrine System can be caused by the inability of glands to produce or secrete hormones. Yoga practice can actually help in preventing the occurrence of and in dealing with certain ailments or conditions. Learn what Yoga can do for the Endocrine System:

The Endocrine System

As the intricate life functions of the body chemistry are regulated by the "ductless" or endocrine glands, secreting their chemical messengers into the blood stream. Rather like the opposing muscles of the skeletal system, the endocrine system acts a principal of balance - one hormone stimulates a set of responses, another inhibits it, and all act together in a complex interrelationship with each other, and with the sympathetic nervous system, under control of the pituitary, and ultimately of the brain and mind.

Yoga and the Glands

The endocrine system mediates the intimate relationship of body and mind - emotions such as fear or rage, love or grief; both reflect hormonal activity and influence it strongly.

2 - The Pituitary Gland

This master gland relegates secretion in all the other endocrine glands, and is directly controlled by the brain. The Head Stand is the most beneficial asana here.

3 + 9 - Thyroid and Parathyoid

The thyroid controls the basal metabolic rate, growth and cell processes. The parathyroid controls calcium and phosphate in the blood. Both are massaged by the Shoulderstand.

5 + 6 - Pancreatic and Adrenal Glands

The secretion of these glands are essential to life, affecting your emotional and physical state strongly. The pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar, and is helped by the Peacock which massages and the spleen.

7 - Female Sex Hormones (ovaries)

The ovaries are the main source of oestrogen, the hormone which regulates the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breast feeding and female physical appearance and sexuality.

8 - Male Sex Hormones (testes)

The testes are the main source of the male sex hormones, testosterone. Regular practice of asanas, pranayama and relaxation keeps the male hormones in balance and helps to relieve sexual problems and disorders.