Reflexes of Endocrine Glands

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Reflexes of Endocrine Glands

The Endocrine glands

Summary

Endocrine glands are glands that release hormones directly into the bloodstream, or lymphatic system. Some organs, such as the pancreas, also release secretions via ducts. The major endocrine glands are, in addition to the pancreas, the thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, pineal, thymus, adrenal and gonads (ovaries and testes).

The endocrine glands are of vital importance in regulating body functions as summarized below :

pituitary controls growth, gonads, kidneys ; known as the master gland
pineal controls the natural daily rhythms of the body
thyroid regulates metabolism and growth
parathyroid

controls calcium and phosphorus metabolism

thymus

vital in the immune system, particularly pre-puberty

adrenal control of heartbeat, respiration and metabolism
gonads control of reproductive activity
pancreas

control of blood sugar levels

The fact that the endocrine glands are responsible for the very core of body functions means that any imbalance should be corrected immediately to restore the normality. There are some general points relating to massage of these reflex areas. It is good practice to massage the brain reflex first and then the pituitary. This is because the hypothalamus, situated in the forebrain, controls secretions from the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland then follows as this is the most important in the endocrine system. The reflexes should be gently massaged with thumb or finger for a few seconds and then gentle pressure exerted and held for a few seconds before releasing slowly.

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