Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Pineal–Functions and Herbs

Time - Dreams - Emotions

The very start of the HPA axis and endocrine cascade.
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"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

The top of the endocrine cascade.

"That which first masters dream time later masters reality." - Matthew Wood
These, the glands of the head, settle into two significant divisions: pineal, which does not participate very much in the endocrine cascade, and the hypothalamic-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. The hypothalamus and pituitary operate together, on the other hand, to regulate the endocrine core, so their function is extremely important.
This class describes the major hormones secreted by the anterior and posterior pituitary, as well as with neurotransmitters and the limbic centers - where emotions are registered.


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217 pgs of manuscripts from Matthew  

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11 pg handout on Adaptogens by Phyllis

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2.5 hours of teaching


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This is for you if you...

want to acquire insights into the pineal gland's regulation of the biological sense of time.
want to delve into the intricacies of the limbic centers and neurotransmitters, shedding light on the realm of emotions.
are ready to dive into how the hypothalamus and pituitary collaborate to regulate the endocrine core, providing you with key insights into the body's hormonal orchestra.

Upon completion, you will...

be educated about the pineal gland, hypothalamus, neurotransmitters and hormones from a holistic perspective - understanding how they work as a team.
understand the major hormones secreted by the anterior and posterior pituitary, connecting the dots between hormonal interactions and emotional experiences.
feel more confident about herbal choices that affect neurotransmitters, hormones and even emotions.


Matthew Wood, MS

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist for over forty years. He is an internationally known
teacher and author with more than ten books to his credit, including The Book of Herbal Wisdom
The Earthwise Herbals, Holistic Medicine and the Extracellular Matrix, and A Shamanic Herbal 
(July 2024). Matthew has an MSc in herbal medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine 
(accredited, U. of Wales). He lives in the Midwest. 

Phyllis D. Light, MA 

As 4th generation herbalist, Phyllis started with lessons from her grandmother who taught from her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Phyllis has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for 30+ years. She is the author of Southern Folk Medicine and co-author of Traditional Western Herbalism Pulse Evaluation.

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    This course is a total of 5 accredited hours
    • 5 hours Basic Human Sciences

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