The Pituitary Gland, also known as the “master gland” is considered the most important in the body – as it controls the functions of all the endocrine glands.
You can think of the pituitary gland as a powerful “conductor” of a large orchestra.
About the size and shape of a cherry, the pituitary gland is attached to the base of the brain.
Numerous hormones are produced by this gland – influencing growth, sexual development, metabolism, female menstrual cycle, mineral and sugar content of the blood, fluid retention, and energy levels. It maintains the efficiency of the various structures and prevents the excessive accumulation of fats.
Pituitary Gland Reflex Point Location
Traditionally, the pituitary reflex point on the feet is located on each big toe, where the “whorl” of the toe print converges into a central point. However, since each of us are unique, I find that the “exact” location requires a little searching. More often than not, this reflex point is found to be slightly off-center. Since the hormonal system is extremely sensitive and easily thrown off-balance, this reflex point is usually very tender.
Note: an effective way to find the exact location of the pituitary reflex point on your own feet; use the “eraser-end” of a pencil and firmly, yet gently, begin pressing into the center of your big toes. Gradually move the eraser slightly to the right and then the left of the point, as you continue pressing – you will eventually find the direct location. If sensitive, continue a constant contact with the point for approximately 1 minute – then release the pressure. Do this 3 times.
Because the pituitary gland hormonizes any imbalance within the body, this procedure will effectively relax and/or energize.
I quite often do this for myself right before bedtime – to help calm and relax my body. I also apply some pressure to this reflex point before getting out of bed in the morning – to help naturally “jump-start” my energy level.
Professionally, I will always begin and end my sessions with the pituitary gland reflex point (along with the solar plexus reflex point). It always seems to give the client what they need…when they need it.
So, begin to acquaint yourself with your body’s very own “orchestra leader”…the Pituitary Gland.
And create some healthy, balanced, and beautiful music together!
No longer than a pea, the pituitary gland plays a critical role in the endocrine system, overseeing the function of all the other glands. The pituitary gland is situated beside the hypothalamus area of the brain and attached by nerve fibers. From its seat at the bottom of the brain, it produces hormones vital to life processes.
Acupuncture can aid healthy pituitary function. Before seeking complementary or alternative treatment for pituitary conditions, consult with your primary health care provider and an endocrinology specialist.
Pituitary Gland Issues
Because the pituitary gland produces hormones, problems affecting the gland can disrupt the processes carried out by hormones, including the functioning of the ovary and testes, milk production after pregnancy, skin pigmentation, and the proper functioning of the adrenal gland and thyroid glands.
Symptoms that demonstrate irregular hormone levels can indicate pituitary gland problems. The most common cause of pituitary dysfunction is a pituitary tumor.
Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine. Whereas Western science often identifies disease at a cellular level or in terms of contagion, TCM understands disease as an imbalance in vital energy, known as qi. An acupuncturist triggers healing by stimulating specific points of the body with thin needles. These points correspond to energetic pathways, known as meridians, and when activated, they can remove blocked energy or restore balance. Though Western medical science has a different framework than TCM, scientific testing regularly demonstrates acupuncture's effectiveness. With regard to the pituitary gland, one general effect of acupuncture is the release of hormones from the pituitary gland that relieve pain and reduce inflammation.