What is the Pineal Gland?
The pineal gland has been of interest to spiritualists and philosophers for centuries now. Most have been considering it as the “third eye.” This is a unique part of the brain since it is the only part with a singular component—other parts have an opposite hemisphere counterpart. With so many theories surrounding it, one would wonder what pineal gland is.
This is a small, pinecone endocrine gland found near the center of the brain and located between the two hemispheres. This5-8mm sized organ is sometimes visible in head scans especially when calcification occurs after fluoride or toxin accumulates.
This part of your brain is structurally made up of cell bodies referred to as pinealocytes responsible for production of melatonin. Other structural components of this organ include neurons, capillaries and other interstitial cells.
How pineal gland Works?
The primary function of pineal gland is the production of melatonin. There are various functions in your central nervous system carried out by melatonin. A key function is helping out to modulate sleep patterns. Production of melatonin is stimulated by darkness and inhibited by light. This is how it works.
The light sensitive nerve cells in your retina will detect light then send signals to suprachiasmatic nucleus, synchronizing it to a day-night cycle. Nerve fibers will then relay this daylight information from suprachiasmatic nucleus to paraventricular nuclei before it goes to your spinal cord. From this point, information goes through the sympathetic system to superior cervical ganglia then into your pineal gland. Pinoline is also the other component produced by this gland. This is one of the beta-carbolines.
Pineal gland is also responsible for the regulation of pituitary gland. It influences the secretion of sex hormones by pituitary gland. Sex hormones secreted are luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone.
Studies on rodents have also found that The pineal gland may influence actions of antidepressants like fluoxetine and recreational drugs such as cocaine. Melatonin can protect against neurodegeneration.
How The pineal gland can be activated
If you wish to regulate your mood, sleep and energy levels, it is helpful that you know how to activate your pineal gland. The most common technique people use is busking into the sun. Exposure to the sun stimulates your mind to kick-start this gland prompting it to produce serotonin which is responsible for energy levels and mood.
Sleeping in complete darkness also prompts production of melatonin to ensure quality sleep. This is why it is advisable to avoid backlit devices such as tablets, phones, TV or computer monitors just before going to bed. Exposure to light before sleeping stimulates production of serotonin which tricks your pineal gland into thinking its daytime.
Medications can also activate bioelectric energy signals of light and dark which pineal gland responds to. However, it takes practice to be able to direct this energy to this hyper-sensitive organ of your brain. There are also a number of essential oils, crystals and herbs you can place or rub over your head while meditating to stimulate your “third eye.”