The main function of the endocrine system is to serve as our body’s message center. The endocrine system is made up of endocrine glands, and these glands secrete hormones into our blood or surrounding interstitial fluid (the fluid that surrounds our cells). These hormones deliver messages and the endocrine system coordinates the messages. Hormones vary in their chemical structure, depending on the endocrine gland they are secreted from.
Our endocrine system works closely with our nervous system to maintain proper function. Most body organs are influenced by the nervous system and the endocrine system. The nervous system sends messages through nerve impulses, whereas the endocrine system sends hormones as messages. For example, a muscle contracts in response to never impulse. The secretion of epinephrine (adrenalin) helps to make the contraction stronger and more forceful to help sustain it.
Without proper endocrine function, our bodies cannot maintain proper hormonal balance. The health of our endocrine system is essential to our ability to function properly. Our cells are genetically programmed to only receive and respond to messages from certain hormones. Hormone levels can be influenced by stress, fluid changes in the body, minerals in the blood and infection. Each endocrine gland plays a specific role in the ability of our body to maintain proper function. Each endocrine gland also communicates with the other in an amazing design. If one of the endocrine glands is not functioning properly, it may cause a broken link in communication with other endocrine glands or actions of the body, which may greatly impair health.
This is where Schizandra as an adaptogen comes in. Adaptogens, as we have seen are a classification of plant with incredible health and balancing affects on the body’s intricate system. Adaptogen herbs are nourishing to the entire endocrine system of glands. Since adaptogens increase resistance to mind-body stress, enhancing overall vitality and health, one of the biggest affects they have on the endocrine glands is reducing the harmful affects of stress on hormone production and release. Schizandra as an adaptogen helps to normalize the bodies hormone production even during diseased states. And since it is non-toxic and highly nutritive, it also acts as a nourishing strengthener to the entire endocrine system.