The endocrine system, one of the many systems of the body, consists of the following glands: the thyroid, the parathyroid, the pituitary, the adrenals, the thymus, portions of the glands with ducts (the islands of Langerhans in the pancreas) and parts of the ovaries and testes.
The main function of these glands is to contribute hormones to the body that affect the activity of other cellular mechanisms and organs. Each of these glands manufactures hormones, chemical messengers that regulate many of the metabolic functions of the body. Thus when just one of these glands begins to dysfunction, the metabolism falters.
Although for many decades doctors have ignored the endocrine system or tested the glands only when nothing else could explain why a patient was ill, the medical world today is gradually paying more attention to the system, which is often the root of a problem and needs to be tested first rather than last.
Because of its vital importance to health, medical astrologers should have a working knowledge of the endocrine system. With the natal chart as a guide any endocrine problem can usually be quickly detected. Then the necessary test or tests can be initiated. Because tests involving the endocrine system can be very expensive, time-consuming and even dangerous, an endocrinologist should always be consulted in a case that involves a potential glandular dysfunction.
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