Reflexology In Disorders Of The Endocrine System

Reflexology Endocrine System


Our body has two types o* glands : endocrine and exocrine. Endocrine glands produce hormones and poi r them directly into the blood. Exocrine glands produce enzymes that either remain confined within the producer cells or are poured into a body-cavity like the mouth, the stomach, etc.

Endocrine glands include 1 pituitary, 1 pineal, 1 thyroid, 4 parathyroids, 2 adrenals, 1 thymus, 1 pancreas, 2 ovaries in females or 2 testes in males.

The system of endocrine glands is controlled by (1) the hypothalamus (a partofthe brain) and (2) the pitu itary.

The pituitary is called the master gland of the body because it governs the activity of all other endocrine glands. It is a pea-shaped, reddish-brown gland that is situated just below the brain and is connected to the hypothalamus by a stalk.

The pituitary gland secretes a number of hormones viz. ACTH (controlling the adrenals), TSH (controlling the thyroid), LH + TSH (controllingthe ovaries and the testes) and growth hormone (controlling the growth of the human body). A deficiency of growth hormone results in retarded physical growth (dwarfism).

A regular, mild stimulation of trigger spots for the pituitary (and other endocrine glands too) can go a long way towards the maintenance of health and youthfulness.

Reflex Zone Therapy :

(A) General treatment of the whole body : Siart with general treatment as described on page 33.

(B) Specific treatment of the pituitary gland : Give deep and alternating pressure on the trigger spots for the pituitary on the two big toes (see the adjoining diagram) for about two minutes, twice a day.


Thalamus Hypothalamus Pituitary gland


Fig. 12.2
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