Why is the Pituitary Gland so important?

Your first question on reading the title of this blog post might be what is the pituitary gland.


The major endocrine gland, a pea-sized body attached to the base of the brain that is important in controlling growth and development and the functioning of the other endocrine glands. (Oxford Dictionary)

The pituitary produces hormones that affect many other parts of the body, particularly those involved in our regulation of our bodily functions – here are just a few things that the pituitary controls:

  • It is the centre of sexuality and reproduction
  • It controls/regulates thyroid function
  • It regulates metabolism
  • It regulates mood and behaviour
  • It produces growth hormone which determines your size, shape and height
  • It regulates thirst and urinary output
  • In women it controls the production of breast milk, the opening of the birth canal and menstruation.

Given its key role in all these functions it is easy to see how important it is to have your pituitary functioning correctly and in balance at all times.

What conditions may be caused as a result of an underlying pituitary imbalance?

It could be easy to ‘blame’ the pituitary for lots of common ailments and we need to be careful not to self-diagnose. However an imbalance in the pituitary may be the underlying cause of some of the following conditions:

  • Infertility
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Obesity
  • Emotional Issues
  • Diabetes
  • Changes in menstruation
  • Migraines
  • Birth Trauma
  • Anxiety

endocrine-system-word-artHow Kinesiology can help

Kinesiology is designed to identify imbalances in the body and to look for their underlying cause. Once the cause is identified Kinesiology can be used to facilitate the self-healing process and may lead to an improvement in the symptoms displayed. Kinesiology may help as it highlights a nutritional program to support pituitary function.

To find out more about Kinesiology and what to expect visit the Kinesiology page on our website.