The Thyroid Reflex
The thyroid is another endocrine gland. This gland has two lobes and is found nestled in the base of the neck, just below the voice box, with a lobe on either side of the windpipe. The thyroid is shaped like a butterfly; each wing is on one side of the body.
The thyroid stores its hormones in large quantities, so the thyroid always has a supply on hand, enough to last about 100 days. The hormones indigenous to the thyroid are thyroxine, calcitonin, and triiodothyronine. Thyroid hormones regulate oxygen use, which affects the production of heat within the body. These hormones also regulate the metabolism of the body, affecting all the processes.
Metabolism is the culmination of all chemical actions within the body. The interrelation of these chemical actions provides the energy and nutrients needed to sustain life.
Aids in Growth and Development
The thyroid gland plays an important role in the growth and development of the body. The thyroid affects the growth of nervous and muscle tissues. This gland helps to control calcium levels, as well as reduce cholesterol. The thyroid deals with glucose conversion; glucose affects your energy level, because as glucose burns calories, more energy is produced.
The element iodine is mainly concentrated in the thyroid gland and is essential to the production of thyroid hormones. You obtain iodine naturally through food. Too little or too much iodine can create a malfunction of the thyroid. Deficiency of thyroid hormones can affect newborns, creating small build, poor development of the brain, and underdeveloped reproductive organs. Excessive production of hormones in this gland results in an overactive thyroid, with accelerated heartbeat and increased weight gain.
Finding the Reflex
The thyroid reflex is found in the neck of the great toe, along the inside edge moving into the joint at the base of the toe. Thumb walk in toward the neck ridge, allowing the thumb to walk over the base of the toe four or five times. As you take small bites on this reflex, walk up from just below the toe neck, in at the edge, and hold. Then finger walk onto the topside of the toe at the base a few tiny steps in. The thumb also takes small circular moves along the inner edge of the toe neck.
Following these tiny moves in and around and up and down, circle on the point and hold, applying steady pressure. If there is any tightness in this area, continue to work on the reflex point. Reflexology helps to move out toxins and break up congestion everywhere in the body. If the thyroid does have blockage, reflexology will help to re-establish homeostasis.