The Glandular Symphony

Our glandular, or endocrine, system is intricate and complex.  It strives to maintain a harmonious balance, called homeostasis, of our delicate biochemistry.  Interestingly, these glands have an enormous impact on our health, structure, and even our personality.  By using glandular body typing, we can gain some insights into physical and emotional characteristics different body types exhibit.  Steven Horne’s The Endocrine Symphony synthesizes research done by himself, Dr. Dorothy Hall, Dr. Henry Bieler, Dr. Abravanel, and L. Carl Robinson (to name a few) and is a good resource for learning even more about glandular body typing and the types.

In this post, I will list some characteristics for each type and also give a few celebrity examples to help illustrate.  Further, I will include a song snippet that makes me think of each type.  Enjoy!

 

To begin with, I will quote Steven Horne from his book The Endocrine Symphony.  This will serve as an introduction to the glands and how they work in the body.

First, we have the team responsible for composing this life-giving music—the PINEAL GLAND, who provides the on-going inspiration for this work, and the HYPOTHALAMUS, who creates the arrangements.

Now the members of the orchestra come to the stage.  First is the string section represented by the THYROID and PARATHYROID glands.

Next comes the woodwind section represented by the LIVER and PANCREAS.

The brass section requires some bravado as the ADRENAL GLANDS make their entrance.

Adding support and emphasis to everything else, the percussion section—the OVARIES and TESTES—take their places.

Now the soloist, the piano player or THYMUS GLAND, takes his prominent position at the front of the orchestra.

And finally, the audience rises in enthusiastic applause as the conductor—the PITUITARY GLAND—comes to the stage.

Let the concert begin.

 

People with a strong energy in one glandular energy are said to be of that type.  Yes, people can have two types, though they will often be more dominant in a single one.

 

Pituitary – The Conductor

She’s the boss in the office, she’s the boss in the kitchen, she’s the boss in bed, she’s the boss in my head.  She’s the boss! Okay!  You’re the boss! Okay!  You’re the boss! Okay! Okay! Okay!  I do what you say! Okay! (Mick Jagger, She’s the Boss)

The pituitary, like the conductor, tells other glands when to start and stop.  This is our mental center in the body and is responsible for perception of thought energy.

Generally, women are shorter than 5’5 and men are shorter than 5’8.

Energy center: brow or third eye                                                              Color: purple

Physical Features Small stature, delicate features

Looks young, child-like

When not active, will get “baby fat” all over

Women have small breasts, generally

Blood Type is often O

Food Cravings Dairy

Fruit

Often finds raw food appealing (can go to extremes)

Does not crave caffeine

Energy Highest energy in the morning

Usually sleeps 7-8 hours

Personality Tendencies Idealistic

Intellectual

Quick

Restless

Curious

Common Health Concerns Obsessions

Poor digestion

Chronic allergies

Dryness

Headaches

Weak joints

Fatigue

Constipation

Anxiety/depression

Balancing Elements Herbs Nutrition Physical Emotional Aroma Color
Sweet

Mucilaginous

Quality fats

Less fruit/dairy

Up exercise

Work arms

Listen to body

Manage stress

Deep

Earthy

Wear purple

Eat yellow

Decorate yellow

Glands to Strengthen Reproductive and pancreas
How to Strengthen

(if weak)

Herbs Physical Flower Remedies Color Therapy
Trace minerals

Mineral-rich herbs

Increase head circulation

Walk

Jog

Hound’s Tongue

Morning Glory

Mountain Pennyroyal

Blue Flag

Larkspur

Wear yellow

Eat purple

Decorate purple

 

Examples: Drew Barrymore (5’4), Tom Cruise (5’7), Scarlet Johansson (5’3), most gymnasts

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Thyroid/Parathyroid – The String Section

She is taller than I am.  She knew I wouldn’t mind the view there, or the altitude with a mouth full of air… (Jason Mraz, Please Don’t Tell Her)

In our symphony metaphor, the thyroid and parathyroid fall under the string section.  This is because they tend to produce “wiry” or “stringy” people when dominant.  The thyroid controls metabolic rate and thus energy levels.  The parathyroid controls calcium and phosphorus for bone development.

Generally, women are over 5’10 and men are over 6’.

Energy center: throat                                                                                     Color: blue

Physical Features Long features (arms, legs, torso, fingers, hands)

Distinctly long neck

Often A blood type

Pot belly, spare tire, love handles, or jelly roll

Generally thin and wiry

Food Cravings Carbohydrates (especially flours and wheat)

Sweets

Easily addicted to caffeine or stimulants
Energy Changeable energy.  Sleep is 6-7 hours when doing well, 9-10 hours when tired

Highest energy is after eating

High metabolism, quick, restless

Personality Tendencies Intellectual but emotional

Loves words and conversation

Changeable, loves variety

High strung (especially nervous system)

Common Health Concerns Fatigue

Variable energy

Pancreas issues

Poor circulation (hands & feet)

Stomach/digestive weakness

Blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

Hiatal hernia

Weak adrenals

Balancing Elements Herbs Nutrition Physical Emotional Aroma Color
Tonic

Astringent

Nervines

Cruciferous veggies

Protein

Less carbs

No refined carbs

No caffeine/stimulants

Endurance exercises

Release hernia

Strengthen digestion

Meditation

Deep breathing

Speaking up

Finding voice

Relaxing Wear blue/green

Eat red/orange

Decorate orange

Glands to Strengthen Adrenal glands and pancreas
How to Strengthen

(if weak)

Herbs Nutritional Flower Remedies Color Therapy
Sea vegetables

Black walnut

Complex carbs

Avoid cruciferous veg

 

Calendula

Cosmos

Forget-me-not

Larch

Cerato

Larkspur

Heather

Wear orange

Eat blue/green

Decorate blue/green

 

Examples: Uma Thurman (5’11), Dick Van Dyke (6’1), Neil Patrick Harris (6’0)

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Adrenals – The Brass Section

The bugle sounds as the charge begins, but on this battlefield no one wins… (Iron Maiden, The Trooper)

Because they are our warning trumpets, the adrenals fall under the brass section in our symphony metaphor.  They alert the entire army (or orchestra, whatever the case is) that it is time to stand and fight or hurry with the retreat.  The adrenals produce around 50 hormones and are our adaptable glands.

Generally, women are shorter than 5’9 and men are under 6’.

Energy center: solar plexus                                                                         Color: yellow

Physical Features Large bust / broad chest

Solid, muscular

Short thick neck

Beer belly

Big boned

Short, thick fingers and strong hands

Flat bottom, skinny legs, bony knees

Food Cravings Meat

Salty snacks

Staple, bland foods (meat & potatoes)

Generally doesn’t like spicy or exotic

Energy Sleeps 6-8 hours

Good energy all day; slow and steady; high endurance

Personality Tendencies Hard working

Steady, stable, practical

Can’t be pushed around

Amiable, sociable

Slow to anger

Often prefers physical/outdoor activities

Common Health Concerns Cast iron stomach

Gains weight (abdomen/chest) easily

Sweats easily

Low/no sex drive

Low backache

Trouble sleeping

Rarely gets colds

Low pulse but high blood pressure

Weak thyroid and pineal

Often no allergies

Balancing Elements Herbs Nutrition Physical Emotional Aroma Color
Aromatic

Kidney tonic

Water

Fruits & veggies

Lower salt

Lower red meat

Avoid coffee

Flexibility

Upper body

Mental challenges

Express self

Spicy Wear yellow

Eat purple

Decorate purple

Glands to Strengthen Thyroid
How to Strengthen

(if weak)

Herbs Nutritional Flower Remedies Color Therapy
Adaptagenic Vitamin C

B-Complex

Eggs

Red meat

Avoid coffee

Agrimony

Arnica

Black-eyed Susan

Chamomile

Dandelion

Dill

Mimulus

Mugwort

Wear purple

Eat yellow

Decorate yellow

 

Examples: Rosie O’Donnell (5’7), Sylvester Stallone (5’10)

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Reproductive – Percussion

The rhythm of life is a powerful beat, puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet.  Rhythm in the bedroom, rhythm in the street.  Yes, the rhythm of life is a powerful beat. (Sammy Davis, Jr., Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity)

In our symphony analogy, the reproductive type is our percussion.  From drums to bells to cymbals, all things rhythm are here.  This is our pulsing blood, our beating heart, our breathing, our instincts.  There is an urge to create as well as a sense of security and being home.  Reproductive types are almost always women.

Energy center: genital region                                                                     Color: red

Physical Features Sway back

Saddle bags

Large buttocks

Weight on hips and thighs

Pear shaped (larger on bottom than top)

Smaller than C breasts (when balanced)

Food Cravings Rich foods

Spicy foods

Creamy foods

Fatty foods, ice creams

Energy Sleeps 7-9 hours

Rarely has trouble sleeping

Highest energy late in the day; often low energy in the morning

Personality Tendencies Mothering & nurturing

Magnetic

Warm & friendly

Likes rich, well-made things

Needs many close relationships

Enjoys crafts, cooking, creating

Quick temper

Presentation matters (food, self, etc)

Common Health Concerns PMS

Bladder infections

Liver congestion

Water retention

May feel better when pregnant
Balancing Elements Herbs Nutrition Physical Emotional Aroma Color
Bitter Fruits & veggies

Avoid bad fats/oils

Avoid spicy foods

Lower body

Strengthen kidney

Mental challenges

 

Light

Mentally stimulating

Wear red

Eat green

Decorate green

Glands to Strengthen Pituitary
How to Strengthen

(if weak)

Herbs Physical Flower Remedies Color Therapy
Reproductive enhancing

Estrogen enhancing (women)

Progesterone enhancing (women)

Female reproductive tonic (women)

Herbs for male hormones – ginseng

Walk barefoot

Garden

Dance (moving hips)

Rhythmic music

Alpine Lily

Blab Blue Eyes

Basil

Calla Lily

Fuchsia

Scarlet Monkeyflower

Sticky Monkeyflower

Sweet Pea

Easter Lily

Hibiscus

Maraposa Lily

Pomegranate

Quince

Tiger Lily

Wear green

Eat red

Decorate red

 

Examples: Beyoncé (5’7), Hispanic and Darker-skinned women

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Pancreatic – The Woodwinds

Far behind the forest of flying paper airplanes, grazing on the grounds of ponytails, the substitute is counting down her ticks till recess, hammering down to size her fingernails.   (Jellyfish, Sabrina, Paste, and Plato)

The pancreas balances the strings and brass instruments.  Out of balance, this player can “toot.”  In our bodies, our pancreas gland is part of our glandular system and part of our digestive system.  It produces digestive enzymes and also produces insulin.

Energy center: navel                                                                                      Color: orange

Physical Features Combination of adrenal and reproductive

Large hips and larger trunk

Often large build in general

Prone to obesity
Food Cravings Yes!  Loves food

Especially gourmet food

Loves variety and color in food
Energy Sleeps 6-9 hours
Personality Tendencies Either highly social or depressed

Enjoys eating

Enjoys food activities (shopping, cooking, eating)

Can be very playful or angry/sulking

Often hides anger as humor/sarcasm

Survival intelligence

Common Health Concerns Overweight/Obese (often since child)

Diabetes

Problems with liver

High cholesterol/triglyceride

High blood pressure

Problems with thyroid

Heart disease

Problems with adrenals

Balancing Elements Herbs Nutrition Physical Emotional Aroma Color
Blood purifiers

Liver tonics

Bitter

Fruits & veggies

Berries

Avoid bad fats/oils

Add spicy foods

Avoid too much protein

Whole body Mental challenges

Emotional activities

 

Spicy

Mentally stimulating

Wear orange

Eat blue-green

Decorate blue-green

Glands to Strengthen Thymus and thyroid
How to Strengthen

(if weak)

Herbs Nutrition Flower Remedies Color Therapy
Digestive tonics

Bitter

Pancreatic herbs

Chromium

Zinc

Digestive enzymes

California poppy

Honeysuckle

Nasturtium

Zinnia

Wear blue/green

Eat orange

Decorate orange

 

Examples: Rosanne Barr (5’4), Dan Aykroyd (6’1), also Hispanic and multicultural persons

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Thymus – Piano player

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man.  Sing us a song tonight.  Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody, and you’ve got us feelin’ alright. (Billy Joel, Piano Man)

In our symphony analogy, the thymus is the soloist and sponsor.  Our thymus controls our immune system.  Allopathic teaching says our thymus is not needed after maturing and the gland is replaced by fat and atrophies.  This is incorrect; atrophied, to medical professionals, means at 50% or lower function.  Atrophying is not a normal state of being and occurs due to outside influences.  The thymus is the center of our ego and is associated with self-esteem and respect.

Energy center: chest over breastbone                                                   Color: green

Physical Features Combination of thyroid and adrenal

Hourglass figures in women, shapely

Tall, muscular men

Solid

Well-balanced build

Often tall with long limbs and face

Food Cravings None to mention
Energy Sleeps 6-10 hours depending on tiredness
Personality Tendencies Empathetic

Feel other’s pain

Often have difficulty severing cords

May lose ability to distinguish self from others

Very sensitive

Sentimental, matters of the heart matter

Common Health Concerns Often quite healthy

Sometimes have allergies

Lymphatic problems

Overactive immune system

Weak liver

Weak pancreas

Weak pineal

Balancing Elements Herbs Nutrition Physical Emotional Aroma Color
Digestive tonics

Bitter

Pancreatic herbs

Chromium

Zinc

Digestive enzymes

Hugs Love, affection

Put feelings into specific plans for concrete action

 

Lavender

Peppermint

Sage

Amber/myrrh

 

Wear green

Eat red

Decorate red

Glands to Strengthen Pancreas and pineal
How to Strengthen

(if weak)

Herbs Physical Emotional Flower Remedies Aroma Color Therapy
Immune builders Thymus thumping 6-12 hugs a day (left chest to left chest)

Self-worth affirmations

Beech

Buttercup

Centaury

Garlic

Mountain Pride

Oak

Penstamon

Pink yarrow

Scleranthus

Sunflower

Yarrow

Chicory

Holly

Vine

Walnut

Willow

Myrrh

Frankincense

Cajeput

Lemon

Thyme

Wear red

Eat green

Decorate green

 

Examples: Fabio (6’3), 36-24-36 type women, Lynda Carter (5’9)

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Pineal – The Composer

Was ist denn Musik?

Musik ist eine heilige Kunst zu versammeln

Alle Arten von Mut wie Cherubim

Um einen strahlenden Thron

Und darum ist sie die heilige unter dem Künsten

Die heilige Musik!

What, then, is music?

Music is a holy art together

all species out of courage as cherubim

to a radiant throne

and therefore it is the sacred under the arts

the sacred music!

(Composer’s aria from Ariadne auf Naxos by R. Strauss)

The pineal is the composer in our analogy.  The pineal gland secretes melatonin and adrenoglomerulotropin.  Both stimulate other glands to function and secrete their hormones.  In this way, the pineal helps the body “write” the music.  The pineal gland is another allopathic professionals will say calcifies and creates brain sand.  This sand has been shown as possibly denoting increased secretory activity.  Further, in persons with the gift of third sight and those who practice meditation, the pineal gland has been found to be twice the size it is in others.

Generally, pineal people are similar to pituitary and are on the shorter side.

Energy center: crown of head                                                                    Color: white/violet

Physical Features Cheekbones are wider than forehead

Often short and frail/delicate

A small thyroid type

Often type A

Youthful appearance

Egg head, larger in proportion to body

Occipital region is especially large

Food Cravings None to mention
Energy Variable
Personality Tendencies Likes to be alone

Feels alienated, doesn’t belong

Mystical, highly spiritual, psychic, receiver

Easily overwhelmed

Creative and inspired

Drawn to extremes

Idealistic

Common Health Concerns Weakness in general

Poor digestive function

Weak pituitary

Excessive mental activity

Vivid dreams

Weak adrenals

Mental obsessions/compulsions

Weak reproductive

Low/no sex drive

Balancing Elements Herbs Nutrition Physical Emotional Aroma Color
Sweet/Mucilant

Tonic/Astringent

Improve digestion

Concentrated foods (proteins and high quality fat)

Nuts, legumes, seeds

Avoid refined sugar, flour, too many simple carbs

Walk barefoot

Garden

Build things

Craft tangible things

Needs sunlight

Physical activities

Ideals/ideas into constructive action and follow through

Social connections

Musk

Patchouli

Sandalwood

Wear violet

Eat yellow/orange

Decorate yellow/orange

Flower Remedies
Canyon Dudleya

Chaparral

Lavender

Lotus

Clematis

Cosmos

Manzanita

Shooting Star

Sweet Pea

Glands to Strengthen Reproductive, adrenals, and pancreas
How to Strengthen

(if weak)

Emotional Aroma Flower Remedies Color Therapy
Meditation

Spiritual practices to increase spiritual awareness

Lavender

Peppermint

Sage

Amber/Myrrh

Hound’s Tongue

Madia

Mountain Pennyroyal

Mullein

Peppermint

Queen Anne’s Lace

Sage

Angel’s Trumpet

Rosemary

Wear yellow/orange

Eat violet

Decorate violet

 

Examples: the typical college professor nerd, meditating monks, Vanna White (5’6), Christina Ricci (5’1), Daniel Radcliffe (5’5)

pineal

 

So what is your type?  Need help balancing out your type so your entire symphony can create beautiful music?  Make an appointment today, and we can work together to achieve your best health.

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