Balancing the Endocrine System

The endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete hormones directly into the blood. The organs involved are:

  • Pancreas, which secrets insulin (stabilizing blood sugar)
  • Thyroid, which governs your temperature and metabolism
  • Adrenal glands which help you cope with stress
  • Reproductive organs: baby-making capability

If one of these organ systems are out of balance or weakened by overuse and nutritional deprivation, the other endocrine organs will alter their activity to compensate. This may lead to further imbalance in the body. Bev's experience has shown that the adrenal gland is the endocrine organ that suffers the most from overuse. Once the adrenal gland is out of balance, the reproductive organs, thyroid and pancreas compensate by changing their activity. The imbalance may manifest in symptoms such as a sluggish metabolism, low body temperature, poor circulation, sugar balance problems (hypoglycemia and hyperinsulinemia) and compromised fertility.

The key to balancing the endocrine system is to adequately nurture the adrenal glands while symptomatically treating compromised thyroid, pancreas and reproductive organ function. Only when the adrenal gland is given proper nutrition and support will the other endocrine organs return to balance and harmony.

Common Conditions

  • Thyroid imbalance: hypo and hyperfunctioning, low body temperature, sluggish metabolism, excess hair loss, low energy
  • Pancreas imbalance: hypoglycemia (shaky or irritable when hungry), hyperinsulinemia (excess fat deposition in abdomen), sugar or carbohydrate cravings, night sweats
  • Adrenal imbalance: low energy, low threshold for handling stressful situations, chronic fatigue, insomnia

How Herbal Medicine Can Help

  • Adapotgenic herbs allow the adrenal glands to return to balance.
  • Relieves symptoms relating to other endocrine organ imbalance (balancing sugar level to minimize cravings; increase body temperature and metabolism; improving sleep quality)
  • Supports liver, kidney and bowel health to increase toxin removal which speeds up the overall healing process