What is your Pituitary Gland?
There is much conjecture surrounding this incredible gland. The question of if this area is a gland or organ is debated by scholars everywhere. Your Pituitary Gland is located in the center of your head at the base of your brain, approximately three inches directly behind the bridge of your nose. It is subservient to your much larger Hypothalamus. Merely the size of a pea, your pituitary is called the “master gland”. Don’t let it’s small stature confuse you with it’s significance in your brain’s functioning. This little gland has huge importance, especially surrounding your Third Eye Chakra!
Let’s get scientific!
Don’t worry, I won’t go into too much anatomy here. Just enough to give you a basic understanding of this glands functions. Part of your Endocrine System, your Pituitary is divided into two separate sections, the Anterior Pituitary, and the Posterior Pituitary.
The Anterior Pituitary
Your anterior pituitary is located in the front of your pituitary gland. The anterior controls different hormone secretions into your body. One of the most important hormones released during early childhood and into adolescence is its release of Somatotropin. Growth hormone (GH) is an easier identifier for Somatotropin. Prolactin (PRL), in addition, is a hormone released by the anterior pituitary. Prolactin is what allows new mothers the ability to produce milk after their child is born.
Interestingly enough, this gland is also responsible for emitting hormones that control other parts of the same endocrine system! Since these hormones are released by one part of the endocrine system and are in charge of another part of the endocrine system, they are called Tropic Hormones. The Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) is used the help with the production of sperm and in females, egg production. Working with FSH is the production of Luteinizing Hormone (LH). Shortened to Lutropin, this hormone is responsible for the production of testosterone in males, and ovulation in females. Your anterior pituitary also aids in the proper functioning of your adrenal glands outside the reproductive systems.
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) or Corticotropin regulates cortisol in your body. When your body is stressed, or in fight or flight mode, it releases a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone called your stress hormone or steroid hormone. Lastly, the hormone Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH), or Thyrotrophic, is released in this area. This hormone stimulates the production of thyroxine from your thyroid. Thyroxine is responsible for every tissue in your bodies metabolism.
The Posterior Pituitary
Let’s now discuss your Posterior Pituitary. Unlike your anterior, which produces hormones, your posterior merely releases hormones secreted by the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus does this by sending these hormones through the end of nerve cells attached to your posterior pituitary. Your posterior then releases these hormones into the bloodstream. Most of you have probably heard of the hormone Oxytocin, especially if you have children or know someone who does. Oxytocin is involved in things such as uterine contractions during labor as well as the production of breast milk. It also has an important role in your kidney function as well. It releases Anti-diuretic Hormone which enables the kidneys to increase the amount of water in your blood.
So what does this have to do with your Third Eye?
Called the “seat of your mind”, your pituitary is also in charge of regulating your thoughts. From emotional processing to intellectual thought, all of this is in part thanks to this gland. Meditation stimulates and activates this area as well as the pineal gland of the brain causing your third eye to awaken.
You can read more on this gland in my previous blog at https://helpinghealyou.com/Blog/yourchakrasystem. Look for the section relating to your sixth chakra, also known as your third eye chakra.
Be sure before working on this gland that your pineal gland is not calcified and working at optimal health. For more information about your pineal gland, please read my blog at https://helpinghealyou.com/Blog/pinealgland/.
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