Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Pineal: Functions & Herbs
with Authors, Teachers, Herbalists Matthew Wood, MS & Phyllis D. Light, MA
Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Pineal:
Functions & Herbs
These, the glands of the head, settle into two significant divisions: pineal, which does not participate very much in the endocrine cascades, and the hypothalamo-pituitary, which stands at the top of the cascade.
The pineal is largely credited with the regulation of the biological sense of time. Great mysteries are associated with this gland. In our experience, it also interacts with the dream state, so it is actually highly regulatory on a profound level of the organism. That which first masters dreamtime later masters reality.
The hypothalamus and pituitary operate together, on the other hand, to regulate the endocrine core, so their function is extremely important.
This class will describe the major hormones secreted by the anterior and posterior pituitary, as well as with neurotransmitters and the limbic centers - where emotions are registered.
with Matthew Wood, MS and Phyllis D. Light, MA
Herbalism Teachers with 75 Years of Joint Experience
as Consulting Herbalists & Herbal Authors
About this Series
Higher animal life is regulated by the nerves and hormones, which together can be classified as the neuroendocrine system. They particularly regulate the grand functions of life on the animal and human level, sending and receiving signals from the great organs and systems, integrating them into a functional whole while maintaining their separate operations.
The central nervous system (brain, spine, conscious activity) operates fairly independently, but the autonomic nervous system (unconscious functions of the body) is deeply integrated with the endocrine, so this series includes a class on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The hypothalamus operates as the ‘Grand Poobah’ of the neuroendocrine system, receiving feedback through the blood and sending out directives via hormones and neurotransmitters.
The endocrine acts in a cascade, signaling from the hypothalamus to the pituitary and from there to the thyroid, adrenals, and gonads. The thyroid controls temperature and metabolic rate (with a few other functions), while the adrenals serve as the organs for dealing with stress). The ‘stress cascade’ therefore involves the hypothalao-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA); there is an analogous HTA (thyroid) axis, which also has to respond to stress. The remedies that regulate these glands are called ‘adaptogens’ because they help the organism adapt to stress.
This series of classes, therefore, includes:
The curriculum for this series also includes previously completed classes both of which students can already access.
These are not included in any purchase options on this page.
Most classes are two (2) hours each, sometimes longer. The classes with * are particularly good for beginners.
"One can certainly practice herbalism without a knowledge of hormones and the neuroendocrine system, but the practitioner who masters this material can consider themselves sophisticated."
- Matthew Wood
Students will learn about:
This series gives the student a complete overview of the endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system with which it interacts continuously; simplified for the practitioner yet detailed enough to provide a foundation in the understanding of these difficult subjects.
Tracking hours for accreditation?
217 pages of manuscripts (not downloadable) from Matthew are available to view and a downloadable handout from Phyllis.
1 year to view and review content, ask questions and discuss with fellow students and teachers.
2.5 hours of in-depth teaching with Matthew Wood and Phyllis D. Light
About Non-Downloadable Documents
Endocrine Intro by Matthew Wood (130 pages, not downloadable)
Adrenal Medulla and Adrenal Cortex by Matthew Wood (51 pages, not downloadable)
Hypothalamus and Pituitary by Matthew Wood (36 pages, not downloadable)
Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Pineal by Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH
Class 2: Hypothalamus, Pituitary and Pineal - Functions & Herbs - Video and Additional Resources
Class 2: Hypothalamus, Pituitary and Pineal - Functions & Herbs - Audio
Test and Certificates
Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Pineal-Functions and Herbs Test
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Documents are not downloadable. Please note that Matthew often adds manuscripts of upcoming books and is allowing students early access to these works-in-progress; therefore, they are available as 'view-only' documents and are not downloadable.
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Start at any time! Complete the lessons at your own pace.
Certificates designed and signed by Matthew Wood are available for purchase to those who successfully complete all tests with a passing grade of 70% or better. More details regarding herbal course certificates are here.
Tests are multiple-choice, and multiple attempts are permitted.
If you are tracking hours, see the list of all classes/courses with corresponding accreditation hours.
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