This important part of our endocrine system is:-

  • The control center for the sensory part of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Coordinates the efforts of the endocrine system. 
  • Responsible for communication between the entire endocrine system, so we need to understand that the brain/nervous system complex and the glands communicate with each other by means of the hypothalamus.

The hypothalamus is very much a master gland of the body!


The hypothalamus regulates the autonomic nervous systems functions. These functions include:

  • Heartbeat
  • Breathing
  • Body temperature
  • Metabolism
  • Hunger signals
  • Sleep patterns
  • Peristalsis in the duodenum, small intestine, and colon.
  • The hypothalamus governs and coordinates the communication between the kidneys and the heart, helping to keep kidney function and blood composition in the ranges most beneficial to the heart.
  • Some hormones and enzymes produced by the hypothalamus.
  • The hypothalamus plays a key role in the development of the spinal fluid.

The hypothalamus also coordinates the amount of circulating blood, affecting and controlling blood pressure.

Another function of the hypothalamus is to play a key role in hormone balance, especially in women as they approach menopause.


Trouble in the hypothalamus disrupts communication between the nervous system and the glandular system, making the hypothalamus a factor in the symptoms of trouble anywhere in both systems. Poor immune function and susceptibility to disease, often begin in the hypothalamus.


The hypothalamus is negatively and seriously affected by a toxic or clogged liver. The hypothalamus is also very sensitive to emotions such as worry, fear, and anxiety.


Over-all good nutrition is the most important key to nervous system health and glandular balance. In other words, we need to eat our fruits and vegetables, avoid sugar and processed foods, eliminate the wrong kinds of fats from our diets, and cleanse and balance our bodies until they are functioning optimally on all levels.  


Herbs to support the hypothalamus include skullcap, vervain, rosemary, wood betony, and wild oats.  It is important to take supplements to help overcome stress, we offer Natural Solutions ANXIETY herbal supplements, view on the online shop which gives the ingredients and then click on the read more for details.  When you are able to cope in situations, circumstances and in your life in general, the Hypothalamus can do its job. 

As the Hypothalamus is the Master Gland in the body – often it can take strain during a menopausal time.  Herbs which affect hormone regulation and smooth the transition into menopause include red clover, Avena Sativa, Motherwort, Hops, Sage, Ginseng, Black Cohosh, Passion Flower, Wild Yam, Agnus Castus, Cratageous, and Calendula. (Natural Solutions have a Meno-ease with these herbs)


It is important for glandular function and especially to the hypothalamus that we keep our perspectives clear and understand the difference between useless worry and real fear. There really are things to be afraid of in the world but fear—the kind that causes the endocrine system to go into hyper-drive—is our body’s response to prepare us for action. If there is no action to be taken, or any that we intend to take, allowing that fear a place in our systems is to indulge ourselves in useless, destructive, debilitating worry. Let’s prolong our lives and the health of our endocrine and nervous systems by giving up resentment, anxiety, and worry.

Source: Natural Solutions