“Knowledge of how to live” is the meaning of the term Ayurvedic, also known as the traditional medicine practiced in India. Herbal formulas are heavily used in Ayurvedic medicine. The pituitary gland controls hormone functions such as our temperature, thyroid activity, childhood growth, testosterone production in men and ovulation and estrogen production in women, according to The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Some herbs have properties that support the work of the pituitary gland.
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The fragrant bark of the evergreen sandalwood tree is used in herbal remedies and in the making of perfumes. An article in the June 14, 2010 edition of the Daily Mail (U.K.) cited sandalwood as one essential oil used as a remedy for insomnia. The complex inter-working of the adrenal glands and the pituitary gland are involved in regulating the body's ability to wind down and sleep. A 2004 study by the Srinakharinwirot University in Nakorn-nayok, Thailand showed alpha-santalol, or sandalwood, caused significant physiological changes in people, providing a relaxing effect similar to that provided by conventional sedatives. Additionally, the sandalwood herb is an aphrodisiac for women, known to stimulate the sex hormones, according to human sexuality expert, Dr. Ava Cadell. Therefore, using sandalwood to care for your pituitary gland may have the added advantage of enhancing your love life.
The herbal properties of the chaste tree reside in its berry fruit. A native of southeast Asia, the chaste tree has been naturalized to the southeastern United States, making it readily available in health food stores. The Journal of Clinical Nutrition Insights published an article in 1998, by Joseph L. Mayo, M.D., which states that chasteberry may have the ability to normalize the balance of estrogen and progesterone in women. He says, “Improving the levels of progesterone may be especially useful during peri-menopause when menstrual irregularities are common.”
Proclaimed as the “fountain of life” by an ancient Chinese legend, the gotu kola herb has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medical traditions. The dried leaves and stems of the gotu kola plant contain active chemicals called triterpenoids. These compounds have been shown in studies to enhance the healing of wounds, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Natural Health and Longevity Resource Center claims that gotu kola is also believed to nourish the brain, which is the seat of the pituitary gland.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine: Intro to Ayurvedic Medicine
- University of Pittsburgh: What is the Pituitary Gland?
- UK Daily Mail (June 14, 2010): How to Treat Allergies, Hormonal Conditions and Insomnia with Complementary Therapies
- Natural Ways to Health: Adrenal Weakness
- American Family Physician: Chasteberry
- Natural Health and Longevity Resource Center