How to look after your Pineal gland
By osteopath, Mar 8 2016 04:53PM
Interest; Geographic Stress (wifi/mobile phones/ipads) causing reduction in melatonin
Production of Melatonin; Pineal Gland
Function of the pineal gland; It produces melatonin, a serotonin derived hormone, which affects the modulation of sleep patterns in both seasonal and circadian rhythms. The pineal gland is the only midline brain structure that is unpaired. It is part of the epithalamus, and lies between the laterally positioned thalamic bodies and behind the habenular commissure. It is located in the quadrigeminal cistern near to the corpora quadrigemina. It is also located behind the third ventricle and is bathed in cerebrospinal fluid supplied through a small pineal recess of the third ventricle which projects into the stalk of the gland.
Eastern function of the pineal gland: Third eye; mystical traditions and esoteric schools have long known this area in the middle of the brain to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans, the pineal gland has always been important in initiating supernatural powers. Development of psychic talents has been closely associated with this organ of higher vision. The third eye controls the various bio-rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which directs the body's thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process. When it "awakens", one feels a pressure at the base of the brain
In the days before its function as a physical eye that could see beyond space-time was discovered, it was considered a mystery linked to superstition and mysticism. Today it is associated with the sixth chakra.
Blood Supply: Unlike most of the mammalian brain, the pineal gland is not isolated from the body by the blood–brain barrier system; it has profuse blood flow, second only to the kidney, supplied from the choroidal branches of the posterior cerebral artery.
Innervation: The pineal gland receives a sympathetic innervation from the superior cervical ganglion. A parasympathetic innervation from the pterygopalatine and otic ganglia is also present. Further, some nerve fibers penetrate into the pineal gland via the pineal stalk (central innervation). Also, neurons in the trigeminal ganglion innervate the gland with nerve fibers containing the neuropeptide PACAP.
Development: The human pineal gland grows in size until about 1–2 years of age, remaining stable thereafter, although its weight increases gradually from puberty onwards. The abundant melatonin levels in children are believed to inhibit sexual development, and pineal tumors have been linked with precocious puberty. When puberty arrives, melatonin production is reduced.
Treatment of the Pineal gland; Osteopathic Treatment – Cranial
Ways to Activate the Pineal Gland:
1. Get Out and Into the Sun - Sun exposure enhances the function of the pineal gland and stimulates the mind. Any type of light exposure, either directly or indirectly, will activate the pineal gland. Thus prompting it to produce serotonin (the neurotransmitter responsible for mood and energy levels). This is why it’s crucial to avoid light after the sun goes down, because you need your pineal gland to produce melatonin and suppress serotonin. This means – no mobile, no TV, no iPad at least 30minutes before sleep. The lighting of these devices stimulates serotonin production, tricking your pineal gland into thinking its daytime, confusing your wake/sleep cycle.
2. Sleep in Complete Darkness - A dark environment ensures your pineal gland produces enough melatonin to ensure good, restful sleep.
3. Sun Gazing - Sun gazing is perhaps one of the most controversial exercises you can do to activate the pineal gland. Here’s the basics of the practice: within the first 15 minutes of sunlight at the beginning of the day and then the final 15 minutes of sunlight at the end of the day, you gaze into the sun for a couple of seconds, but only a couple of seconds. So if you’re on holiday looking at the horizon – take a few seconds to enjoy it! Simply getting out in the sun and having your eyes exposed to light indirectly can help stimulate the pineal gland without having to stare directly.
4. Meditation - The pineal gland responds to the bioelectric signals of light and dark, and meditation or breathing activates this bioelectric energy. With practice, you can learn to direct this energy to this highly-sensitive organ.
5. Mercury - Mercury is really bad for the pineal gland. It's poison. Don't let this get into your body. Mercury tooth fillings are pineal toxins. Have them removed. All medical
6. Eco light bulbs - if you accidently smash an eco bulb it may give out mercury vapour. Avoid at all costs breaking one indoors. Mercury can be removed from the body by the daily use of chlorella, wheatgrass and spirulina. Cilantro herb taken daily can help remove mercury from brain tissue.
7. Fluoride - in toothpastes and tap water. It's another heavy duty poison. It calcifies the pineal tissue and basically shuts the gland down. Enjoy the use of Brita water filter, a water filter or bottled water.
8. Organic foods - some fruits and vegetables that are not organic may be treated with pesticides, which are pineal toxins. Having a healthy organic shop with a high ratio of raw foods to support a pineal detox – will give it a kick start.
9. Other toxins - if something is toxic do not put it in your body.
10. Raw chocolate - Raw cacao is a pineal gland stimulant / detoxifier in high doses because of the high antioxidant content.
Modern Problems with the Pineal Gland: Calcification is by far the biggest problem for the pineal gland. Fluoride has the ability to accumulate and mostly in the pineal gland. This then leads to phosphate crystals that harden the pineal gland allowing to produce less melatonin, thus disturbing your wake-sleep cycle.
Research has shown that hardening of the pineal gland accelerates sexual development in children, particularly girls.
In addition to fluoride, halides like chlorine and bromine also accumulate and damage the pineal gland. Calcium supplements can also cause problems. Without enough vitamin D–64% of Americans are vitamin D deficient–calcium does not become bioavailable and calcifies human tissue, including the pineal gland.
Eliminating fluoride may be the best first step for reducing health concerns. Use fluoride-free toothpaste, avoid tap water, and drink filtered water. For the best filtered water, use a reverse osmosis water filter. Eat calcium-rich foods rather than taking calcium supplements if you can get plenty of vitamin D.