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All about hormones (Part 1)

August 13, 2012

“All about hormone” covers quite a lot of technical/scientific information, but is interspersed with very relevant points to your operating system: such as your menstrual cycle, your immune system, oestrogen production, sexual function and birth-control/ERT/HRT pills. I would urge you to try and understand it conceptually and to pick out aspects that are relevant to you. The most important thing we must understand that any prosperity or spiritual journey is a flowering of healthy body and mind.


We must be very careful not to take unnecessary supplements or birth control pills or any other hormones. Our body is a perfect system – functioning mystically without a mistake. We must understand how our body system works on Negative Feedback Mechanism. In a healthy situation, if we eat lots of sweets and our blood glucose is high, a message will be conveyed to the Pancreas to secrete more insulin. If we feel hot, our skin starts sweating to keep our temperature normal. On the other hand, if we are taking synthetic or unnecessary hormones or vitamins, our body prevents our intestine from absorbing the same vitamin from food. It also prevents the natural production of hormones. So we must be very careful not to take unnecessary supplements and must not become victims of multinational pharmaceutical companies.


What is a hormone – this enigmatic beast that is blamed by so many, (male and female), for their troubles? What is this all-powerful force that can bring joy or sorrow so quickly? Well, actually, no one knows.

In the scientific community, there is great honesty about the actual lack of understanding of the endocrine function. Although much is known, much is still mysterious.


Endocrine glands are glands that secrete something directly into the bloodstream. Exocrine glands secrete something through a duct, like saliva or sweat. A few organs, like the pancreas, have both an endocrine and exocrine function. Endocrine glands secrete messengers, or hormones. These are often called factors, as they are the main factors, or links, for a metabolic function.


The endocrine system works very closely with the nervous system. As the nervous system is primarily related to the VATA Dosha – the humour of movement – much of the hormonal function relates to Vata. As PITA is primarily related to metabolic change and control in the body, those endocrine glands and hormones that directly control metabolism, relate to PITA. Examples will be given as we proceed.

So in essence, a hormone is a tiny messenger. When you eat an apple, a hormone is responsible for releasing the right kind of saliva, the right kind of stomach acids, and so on, throughout the whole digestive process.


Hormones are behind every function in your body, the reproductive functions and menstruation of women are only one aspect of the hormonal system. Hence, anything that disturbs other aspects of the endocrine gland will tend to disrupt the menstrual cycle. These include dietary, climatic and emotional disruptions.

The first part of the endocrine system is actually not an endocrine gland. It is the front part of the brain located on the floor of the third ventricle, the hypothalamus. It is connected to the thalamus and the pituitary gland and serves to bridge them. Thus it is one of the main connections between the nervous system, (thalamus), and the hormonal system, (pituitary). The hypothalamus controls body temperature, hunger, thirst, water balance and sexual function, among other things. It is related to emotions and sleep and governs all of this by regulating the automatic functioning of the nervous system through the pituitary gland. Not all of its functions are completely understood.

Dr Ram Garg | BAMS, MD (Kurukshetra University) India

Ayurvedic physician | Practice no-0218804 | 011 781 5420 |  0727162473

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