Staying Healthier by Staying in Tune
Many common illnesses are caused by imbalances in your body’s frequencies. By homeopathically bringing your body back into balance ATÜN can reduce the stresses and weaknesses found in your body’s organs and various systems (detailed below) that lead to illness. Here are some of the everyday types of illnesses that maintaining a balanced body can positively effect.
An allergy is an overaggressive immune response triggered by ingesting certain foods, touching certain substances, or inhaling an irritant such as pollen or animal dander. Allergies to pollen, spores, mold, and dust (also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis) affect the respiratory system and are usually the most difficult to control.
From a homeopathic point of view, allergies are often associated with weak adrenal, immune, and digestive functions. Natural treatments are used to support and improve those functions and to alleviate hay fever symptoms and seasonal allergies and this is where ATÜN has found great success. By analyzing ALL you’re your body’s systems, ATÜN can formulate a remedy specific to your body’s needs.
Headaches and Migraines
There are many things that may cause headaches including: chronic sinus issues and sinus infection, issues with the teeth and TMJ, visual issues and eye problems and structural issues related to being out of alignment in the neck, back or shoulders. Our sedentary lifestyle and many hours in front of computer screens doesn’t help. Environmental factors, stress and seasonal or food allergens can cause or worsen migraines. ATÜN analyzes data from the entire body, measures ALL of your imbalances and creates a custom remedy to help if not eliminate headaches entirely.
Acidity refers to a burning pain in the upper abdominal and chest area, and is commonly called Heartburn. If these attacks occur frequently they may indicate a disorder called as GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) or acid reflux. Although many people are able to manage heartburn with lifestyle changes, for those who do not respond and frequently suffer from it, ATÜN can be of great help for those who do not show improvement even after lifestyle modifications.
ADD interferes with the child’s home, school and social life. Unable to screen out stimuli the child is easily distracted. Other symptoms such as head knocking, self-destructiveness, temper tantrums, clumsiness and sleep disturbances may exist with or without a hyperactivity aspect. ADD has been diagnosed for hundreds of years, but more recently has become more prevalent due to the increased use of chemicals, pollutants, or heavy metal toxicity (such as lead, mercury, and cadmium).
Although genetics, infections and brain damage (trauma) have been cited as causes of ADD and LD (Learning Disabilities), these cases are quite rare compared to causes like heavy metal toxicities, nutritional deficiencies, and food and chemical allergies. The majority of cases are caused by an immune defect and allergies to food additives, preservatives, chemicals, or inhalants. ATÜN addresses all these potential imbalances and has shown great success in balancing and alleviating many of the symptoms associated with ADD.
Symptoms By Organ
Symptoms may include: increased anxiety, increased sensitivity to sounds, decrease in short term memory, changes in blood pressure, inhibition of stomach and intestinal action, inhibition of salivation, relaxation of bladder, inhibition of erection, tunnel vision, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional dysregulation, various adrenal disorders, or fatigue.
The adrenal glands are located on the top of both kidneys and are part of the fight-or-flight response initiated by the sympathetic nervous system. They are chiefly responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of corticosteroids and catecholamines, including cortisol and adrenaline. Some cells belong to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and are the source of cortisol synthesis. Other cortical cells produce androgens such as testosterone, while some regulate water and electrolyte concentrations by secreting aldosterone.
Symptoms may include: compromised immune function, digestive disorders, diarrhea, vomiting, pain and/or discomfort (pain may start in the middle of the abdomen, near the navel, and gradually move to the lower right area of the abdomen).
The appendix is near the junction of the small intestine and the large intestine in the lower-right quadrant of the abdomen. The appendix is experimentally verified as being rich in infection-fighting lymphoid cells, suggesting that it might play a role in the immune system and can serve as a haven for useful bacteria when illness flushes those bacteria from the rest of the intestines.
Symptoms may include: low energy, pH imbalance, cold hands or feet, thrombosis, clots, inflammation, or easily fatigued.
The circulatory system is an organ system that moves nutrients, gases, and wastes to and from.
Symptoms may include: urinary incontinence, bladder infection, or bladder spasms.
The bladder is the organ that collects urine excreted by the kidneys prior to disposal by urination. Urine enters the bladder via the ureters and exits via the urethra.
Central Nervous System
Symptoms may include: change in fine-motor skills, behavioral changes, cognitive disturbance, meningitis, encephalitis, or sleep disorders.
The central nervous system is that part of the nervous system that consists of the brain and spinal cord, which is enclosed in the meninges; it has a fundamental role in the control of behavior. The central nervous system is conceived as a system devoted to information processing, where an appropriate motor output is computed as a response to a sensory input.
Symptoms may include: bowel movement disturbance, cramps, colitis, constipation, crohn’s disease, watery diarrhea, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome.
The sigmoid colon is the part of the large intestine after the descending colon and before the rectum. The function of the Colon is to eliminate bodily waste. It helps eliminate toxins from the large intestines, blood and lymph systems.
Symptoms may include: pain or discomfort in the affected area, weakness, skin abnormalities, scurvy, joint inflammation (arthritis), swollen hands, muscle weakness, difficulty in swallowing, heartburn, shortness of breath, abnormal lung function, or migraine-type headaches.
Connective tissues bind structures together, form a framework and support for organs and the body as a whole, store fat and transport substances; collagen is the main protein of connective tissue.
Symptoms may include: earaches, pressure, pain and swelling, impaired hearing, or swollen lymph glands of the neck, or enlarged adenoids (pharyngeal tonsil).
The Eustachian tube (or auditory tube) is a tube that links the pharynx (upper throat) to the middle ear; the function of the Eustachian tube is to protect, aerate and drain the middle ear. The Eustachian tube also drains mucus from the middle ear; upper airway infections or allergies can cause the Eustachian tube to become swollen, trapping bacteria and causing ear infections.
Symptoms may include: visual acuity changes, “floaters”, conjunctivitis, or various eye disorders.
The individual components of the eye work in a manner similar to a camera; each part plays a vital role in providing clear vision. Human eyes respond to light with wavelengths in the range of approximately 400 to 700 nm.
Symptoms may include: chronic allergies, re-current infections, tenderness or pressure in the forehead area, nasal congestion, headaches, reduced ability to smell, productive cough (especially at night), post-nasal drip, malaise, or bad breath.
Sinuses are mucosa-lined airspaces within the bones of the face and skull; the frontal sinuses are located above the eyes, behind the forehead bone. Through its copious mucous production, the sinus is an essential part of the immune defense/air filtration carried out by the nose. Nasal and sinal mucosae are ciliated and move mucus to the choanae and finally to the stomach. The thick upper layers of nasal mucus trap bacteria and small particles in tissue abundantly provided with immune cells, antibodies, and antibacterial proteins.
Symptoms may include: pain or discomfort in the upper-right abdomen when eating foods high in fats, pain may extent to lower part of right shoulder or to the back, gallstone, or cholecystitis.
The Gallbladder is located near the stomach in the upper-right quadrant of the abdomen. It is a small organ whose function in the body is to harbor bile and aid in the digestive process and has an influence on liver and pancreatic functions and vice-versa.
Symptoms may include: fatigue, changes in blood pressure (hyper or hypotension), low O2, lightheaded and/or blurry vision when rising, dizziness, shortness of breath, or swelling in the legs.
The heart is enclosed by a sac known as the pericardium and is surrounded by the lungs. It is a pear-shaped structure that is responsible for pumping blood through the body so that carbon dioxide can be dropped off and oxygen picked up to feed the body’s biological functions.
Symptoms may include: depression, decreased sex drive, behavioral changes, changes in sleep patterns (circadian cycles), fatigue, anger, digestive problems, or hormonal imbalances.
The hypothalamus links the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland and is considered the control center for the endocrine system. It synthesizes and secretes neurohormones, often called hypothalamic-releasing hormones, and these in turn stimulate or inhibit the secretion of pituitary hormones. The hypothalamus controls body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, anger, and circadian cycles. The hypothalamus co-ordinates many hormonal and behavioral circadian rhythms, complex patterns of neuroendocrine outputs, complex homeostatic mechanisms, and many important behaviors. The hypothalamus must therefore respond to many different signals, some of which are generated externally and some internally. It is thus richly connected with many parts of the CNS. The hypothalamus controls almost all secretions of the pituitary. The hypothalamus is responsive to:
Light: day-length and photoperiod for regulating circadian and seasonal rhythms.
Olfactory stimuli, including pheromones.
Steroids, including gonadal steroids and corticosteroids.
Neurally transmitted information arising in particular from the heart, the stomach, and the reproductive tract.
Blood-borne stimuli, including leptin, ghrelin, angiotensin, insulin, pituitary hormones, cytokines, plasma concentrations of glucose and osmolarity etc.
Invading microorganisms by increasing body temperature, resetting the body’s thermostat upward.
Symptoms may include: Pain and discomfort in effected region, stiffness, or various joint disorders.
A joint is the location at which two or more bones make contact; they are constructed to allow movement and provide mechanical support, and are classified structurally and functionally. There are many different forms of arthritis, each of which has a different cause. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease) occurs following trauma to the joint, following an infection of the joint or simply as a result of aging. Furthermore, there is emerging evidence that abnormal anatomy may contribute to early development of osteoarthritis. Other forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, which are autoimmune diseases in which the body is attacking itself. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uricacid crystals in the joint that results in subsequent inflammation.
Symptoms may include: pain or discomfort in associated region, changes in blood pressure, water retention, or pH imbalances.
The kidneys are a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen which clear “poisons” from the blood, regulate acid concentration and maintain water balance in the body by excreting urine. As blood flows through the kidneys, they filter waste products, chemicals, and unneeded water from the blood. Urine collects in the middle of each kidney, an area called the renal pelvis. Urine then drains from the kidney through a long tube, the ureters, to the bladder, where it is stored. The kidneys also make substances that help control blood pressure and regulate the formation of red blood cells.
Symptoms may include: gas, bloating, abdominal pain, mild cramps in the lower abdomen, urgency for bowel movements, severe diarrhea, compromised immune system, vitamin deficiencies, poor appetite, or diverticular concerns.
The large intestine is the lower part of the digestive tract and is connected to the small intestine. Its function is to absorb the remaining water from indigestible food matter and then eliminate the wastes from the body. The large intestine houses over 700 species of bacteria that perform a variety of functions; these bacteria also produce small amounts of vitamins, especially vitamin K and vitamin B, for absorption into the blood. The normal flora is also essential in the development of certain tissues, including the cecum and lymphatics; they are also involved in the production of cross-reactive antibodies. These are antibodies produced by the immune system against the normal flora that are also effective against related pathogens, thereby preventing infection or invasion. The most prevalent bacteria are the bacteroides, which have been implicated in the initiation of colitis and colon cancer. Bifidobacteria are also abundant, and are often described as ‘friendly bacteria’. A mucus layer protects the large intestine from attacks from colonic commensal bacteria.
Symptoms may include: metabolic disorders, glucose imbalance, protein or lipid digestive disturbance (may experience pain or discomfort in region when eating high protein/fat foods), toxic symptoms such as fatigue and immune issues, anemia, or hormonal imbalances.
The liver is located in the upper-right quadrant of the abdomen and it performs an astonishingly large number of tasks that impact all body systems (more than 500 known functions). It plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, and detoxification. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion, via the emulsification of lipids. It also performs and regulates a wide variety of high-volume biochemical reactions requiring specialized tissues. The liver is among the few internal human organs capable of natural regeneration of lost tissue; as little as 25% of remaining liver can regenerate into a whole liver again.
The liver performs several roles in carbohydrate metabolism; Gluconeogenesis (the synthesis of glucose from certain amino acids, lactate or glycerol); Glycogenolysis (the breakdown of glycogen into glucose) (muscle tissues can also do this); Glycogenesis (the formation of glycogen from glucose); the breakdown of insulin and other hormones; it is responsible for the mainstay of protein metabolism; performs several roles in lipid metabolism; Cholesterol synthesis; the production of triglycerides (fats); it produces coagulation factors I (fibrinogen), II (prothrombin), V, VII, IX, X and XI, as well as protein C, protein S and antithrombin; the liver breaks down hemoglobin, creating metabolites that are added to bile as pigment (bilirubin and biliverdin); it breaks down toxic substances and most medicinal products in a process called drug metabolism, this sometimes results in toxication, when the metabolite is more toxic than its precursor; The liver converts ammonia to urea; The liver stores a multitude of substances, including glucose in the form of glycogen, vitamin B12, iron, and copper; The liver is responsible for immunological effects; the reticuloendothelial system of the liver contains many immunologically active cells, acting as a ‘sieve’ for antigens carried to it via the portal system.
Symptoms may include: lowered energy, decreased O2 levels, allergies, re-current infections, shortness of breath, sensitive to changes in air temperature, wheezing or coughing.
Energy production from aerobic respiration requires oxygen and produces carbon dioxide as a by-product, creating a need for an efficient means of oxygen delivery to cells and excretion of carbon dioxide from cells. The lung is the essential respiration organ, its principal function is to transport oxygen from the atmosphere into the bloodstream, and to excrete carbon dioxide from the bloodstream into the atmosphere. This exchange of gases is accomplished in the mosaic of specialized cells that form millions of tiny, exceptionally thin-walled air sacs called alveoli. In addition to respiratory functions such as gas exchange and regulation of hydrogen ionconcentration, the lungs also: influence the concentration of biologically active substances and drugs used in medicine in arterial blood and filter out small blood clots formed in veins. The environment of the lung is very moist, which makes it hospitable for bacteria; many respiratory illnesses are the result of bacterial or viral infection of the lungs.
Symptoms may include: swollen lymph nodes, fluid retention (edema or swelling), recurrent infections, fever, chills, rapid heart-beat, or headache.
The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymphoid organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymphatic tissues, lymph capillaries and lymph vessels that produce and transport lymph fluid from tissues to the circulatory system. The lymphatic system is a major component of the immune system. The lymphatic system has three interrelated functions: (1) removal of excess fluids from body tissues, (2) absorption of fatty acids and subsequent transport of fat, as chyle, to the circulatory system and, (3) production of immune cells such as lymphocytes (e.g. antibody producing plasma cells) and monocytes.
Unlike the blood system, the lymphatic system is not closed and has no central pump. Lymph movement occurs slowly with low pressure due to peristalsis, valves, and the milking action of skeletal muscles; this depends mainly on the movement of skeletal muscles to squeeze fluid through them, especially near the joints. Tight clothing can restrict this, thus reducing the removal of wastes and allowing them to accumulate. If tissue fluid builds up the tissue will swell; this is called edema. The system collaborates with white blood cells in lymph nodes to protect the body from being infected by cancer cells, fungi, viruses or bacteria. This is known as a secondary circulatory system.
Lymph vessels called lacteals are present in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, most nutrients are absorbed by the small intestine; however, fats (lipids) are passed on to the lymphatic system, to be transported to the blood circulation via the thoracic duct. As the blood circulates, fluid leaks out into the body tissues; this fluid is important because it carries food to the cells and waste back to the bloodstream. The lymph system is a one-way system, transporting interstitial fluid back to blood.
Symptoms may include: chronic allergies, recurrent infections, tenderness or pressure below the eyes (around the cheeks), nasal congestion, headaches, reduced ability to smell, productive cough (especially at night), post-nasal drip, toothache, malaise, or bad breath.
The sinuses are mucosa-lined airspaces within the bones of the face and skull; The maxillary sinus is located directly behind the cheek-bones on either side of the nose and opens to the nasal cavity. Through its copious mucous production, the sinus is an essential part of the immune defense/air filtration carried out by the nose. Nasal and sinal mucosae are ciliated and move mucus to the choanae and finally to the stomach. The thick upper layers of nasal mucus trap bacteria and small particles in tissue abundantly provided with immune cells, antibodies, and antibacterial proteins.
Symptoms may include: blood sugar imbalances, mid-abdominal pain, digestive disturbances (decreased enzyme production), frequently clammy or moist palms, unusually foul-smelling stools, greasy stools, excess thirst or urination, excess hunger, drowsiness, fatigue, decreased endurance, hormonal imbalances, or may become dehydrated.
The pancreas is located just below the stomach on the lower-left quadrant of the abdomen. The pancreas is an endocrine-exocrine gland-organ that aids in the function of the digestive and endocrine systems. The exocrine function produces enzymes that help break down digestible foods; pancreatic juice contains three digestive enzymes: tryptase, amylase, and lipase that, along with intestinal enzymes, complete the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, respectively. The endocrine function secretes hormones that regulate blood glucose levels; Insulin and Amylin lower blood sugar while Glucagon raises blood sugar.
Symptoms may include: bone disorders, nerve disorders, stiff-achy muscles, decreased enzyme function, abnormal heart rhythm, osteoporosis, malabsorption of vitamin-D, low levels of magnesium, calcium deficient, confusion, or depression.
The parathyroid endocrine gland is located close to, and behind, the thyroid gland. Humans typically have four parathyroid glands. Each gland secretes parathyroid hormone, which regulates blood calcium and phosphate levels. The main function of the parathyroid glands is to maintain the body’s calcium level within a very narrow range, so that the nervous and muscular systems can function properly. When serum calcium concentrations drop, increased hormone secretion releases calcium from bone into the bloodstream. An increase in parathyroid hormone secretion also increases excretion of phosphate in the urine, thereby lowering serum phosphate concentrations. In addition, the hormone regulates magnesium metabolism by increasing its excretion. Finally, there are reports that parathyroid hormone indirectly stimulates calcium uptake into the body across the intestine. Parathyroid hormone stimulates the production of the most active metabolite of vitamin D during vitamin D synthesis. This metabolite of vitamin D directly stimulates the intestinal absorption of calcium.
Peripheral Nervous System
Symptoms may include: changes in fine-motor control, pins-and-needles sensation, loss of sensation, sense-of-position is altered, digestive or genitourinary issues.
The part of the nervous system constituting the nerves outside the central nervous system. The peripheral nervous system can be classified either by direction of neurons or by function. There are three types of directions of the neurons: Sensory system by sensory neurons, which carry impulses from a receptor to the CNS; Efferent system by motor neurons, which carry impulses from the CNS to an effector; Relay system by relay neurons, which transmit impulses between the sensory and motor neurons.
By function, the peripheral nervous system is divided into the somatic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. The somatic nervous system is responsible for coordinating the body movements, and also for receiving external stimuli. It is the system that regulates activities that are under conscious control. The autonomic nervous system is then split into the sympathetic division, parasympathetic division, and enteric division. The sympathetic nervous system responds to impending danger or stress, and is responsible for the increase of one’s heartbeat and blood pressure, among other physiological changes, along with the sense of excitement one feels due to the increase of adrenaline in the system. The parasympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, is evident when a person is resting and feels relaxed, and is responsible for such things as the constriction of the pupil, the slowing of the heart, the dilation of the blood vessels, and the stimulation of the digestive and genitourinary systems.
Symptoms may include: sleep/wake problems, seasonal affective disorders (long periods of excessive sadness or depression), fluctuations in body temperature, fluctuations in the body’s water balance, or insomnia.
The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the brain. It is shaped like a tiny pine cone, and is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join. It produces melatonin, a hormone that may help modulate wake/sleep patterns. Melatonin is a derivative of the amino acid tryptophan, which also has other functions in the central nervous system. The production of melatonin by the pineal gland is stimulated by darkness and inhibited by light and is essential to the functioning of the biological clock. Besides influencing daily, or circadian, rhythms such as those of sleep and temperature, the pineal gland and melatonin appear to direct annual rhythms and seasonal changes. The pineal gland and melatonin are now being studied for their roles in sleep, reproduction, aging, and seasonal affective disorder.
Symptoms may include: metabolic issues, hypothyroid, growth and maturation concerns, recent head trauma
The Pituitary gland is a small oval endocrine gland that lies at the base of the brain. It is sometimes called the master gland of the body because all the other endocrine glands depend on its secretions for stimulation. The secretions control the other endocrine glands and influence: growth, metabolism, reproduction, vascular control, and maturation. Other secreted hormones influence body functions by stimulating target organs. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) controls the secretion of steroid hormones by the adrenal cortex, which affects glucose, protein, and fat metabolism. The pituitary controls the rate of thyroxine synthesis by the thyroid gland, which is the principal regulator of body metabolic rate. It also produces three separate gonadotropic hormones (follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, and luteotropic hormone) which control the growth and reproductive activity of the gonads.
Symptoms may include: reproductive issues, inflammation, or infection.
The reproductive organs as narrowly defined, is any of those anatomical parts of the body which are involved in sexual reproduction and constitute the reproductive system. The most important of these are the gonads a pair of sex organs, specifically the ovaries in the female and the testes in the male. Gonads are the true sex organs, generating reproductive gametes containing inheritable DNA. They also produce most of the primary hormones that affect sexual development, and regulate other sexual organs and sexually differentiated behaviors.
Female: Ovaries, Skene’s gland, Bartholin’s glands, Vagina, Cervix, Uterus, and Fallopian tube.
Male: Testicles, Penis, Prepuce, Scrotum, Prostate, Seminal Vesicles, Epididymis, and Cowper’s gland.
Symptoms may include: skin disorders, recurrent infections, or inflammation.
The skin is the largest organ of the body; it is the interface with the surrounding environment and plays the most important role in protecting the body against pathogens. Its other main functions are insulation and temperature regulation, sensation, and synthesis of vitamin D, the protection of vitamin B folats, and helping to eliminate body wastes. Oily skin is caused by hormonal fluctuations in the body, which lead to a DHT sensitivity. This sensitivity means that the skin begins to lose moisture and essential fatty acids (linoleic acid in particular), causing thousands of skin cells to die, so the skin compensates for this loss of moisture by producing higher levels of oil.
Symptoms may include: physical discomfort, bowel dysbiosis, malabsorption of nutrients, gas, bloating, or other digestive disorders.
The small intestine is a long, narrow, convoluted tube in which most digestion takes place. It extends 22.25 ft (6.7-7.6 m), from the stomach to the large intestine. The mesentery, a membrane structure, supports it and contains its blood supply, lymphatics, and insulating fat. The autonomic nervous system supplies it with parasympathetic nerves that initiate peristalsis and sympathetic nerves that suppress it. It is lined with minute fingerlike projections (villi) that greatly increase its surface area for enzyme secretion and food absorption. Its three sections, the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, have distinct characteristics. Food takes three to six hours to pass through the small intestine unless a disorder such as gastroenteritis, diverticulosis, or obstruction impedes it.
The duodenum is the first and shortest part of the small intestine and it is where most chemical digestion takes place; most peptic ulcers are in the duodenum. The jejunum has an increased surface area of tissue available to absorb nutrients from the gut contents. The ileum is the final section of the small intestine and is separated from the large intestine by the ileocecal valve; its function is mainly to absorb vitamin B12 and bile salts and whatever products of digestion that were not absorbed by the jejunum.
Sphenoid and Ethmoid Sinus
Symptoms may include: chronic allergies, recurrent infections, tenderness or pressure in the front or back of the head, nasal congestion, headaches, reduced ability to smell, productive cough (especially at night), post-nasal drip, malaise, or bad breath.
The sinuses are mucosa-lined airspaces within the bones of the face and skull; The Sphenoid & Ethmoid sinus is located behind the Maxillary sinus near the inner ear and above the throat. Through its copious mucous production, the sinus is an essential part of the immune defense/air filtration carried out by the nose. Nasal and sinal mucosae are ciliated and move mucus to the choanae and finally to the stomach. The thick upper layers of nasal mucus trap bacteria and small particles in tissue abundantly provided with immune cells, antibodies, and antibacterial proteins.
Symptoms may include: discomfort in associated area, recurrent infections, or blood cell and platelet issues.
The spleen is located in the upper left part of the abdomen, behind the stomach and just below the diaphragm, where it functions in the destruction of old red blood cells and holds a small reservoir of blood. It is regarded as one of the centers of activity of the reticuloendothelial system (part of the immune system). The spleen acts as a filter against foreign organisms that infect the bloodstream, and also filters out old red blood cells from the bloodstream and decomposes them. These functions are performed by phagocytic cells that are capable of engulfing and destroying bacteria, parasites, and debris. Two types of tissue, red pulp and white pulp, are intermixed. The white pulp is lymphoid tissue containing lymphocyte production centers. The red pulp is anetwork of channels filled with blood where most of the filtration occurs and is the major site of destruction of deteriorating erythrocytes and recycling of their hemoglobin. Both contain cells (leukocytes) that remove foreign material and initiate an antibody-producing process. The spleen becomes enlarged in some infections.
Symptoms may include: gastritis, peptic ulcer, hiatal hernia, bloating, B-12 deficiency, low red blood cell production, or other digestive disorders.
One of the principal organs of digestion located between the esophagus and the small intestine in the upper-left quadrant of the abdomen. Food enters the stomach from the esophagus, through a ring of muscles known as the cardiac sphincter that normally prevents food from passing back to the esophagus. The other end of the stomach empties into the first section of the small intestine; the pyloric sphincter, which separates the two, remains closed until the food in the stomach has been modified and is in suitable condition to pass into the small intestine. The muscular action of the stomach and the digestive action of the gastric juice convert food in the stomach into a semi-liquid state (chyme). The stomach is believed to be independent of the central nervous system; The vagus nerve and sympathetic nervous system control the stomach’s secretions and movements.
Symptoms may include: Infection, decay, pain or discomfort in associated area, blocked meridian pathway, blocked peripheral nerve, gum disorders, or impacted tooth.
The tooth consists of a crown, the portion visible in the mouth, and one or more roots embedded in a gum socket. The portion of the gum surrounding the root, known as the periodontal membrane, cushions the tooth in its bony socket. The jawbone serves as a firm anchor for the root. The center of the crown is filled with soft, pulpy tissue containing blood vessels and nerves; this tissue extends to the tip of the root by means of a canal. Surrounding the pulp and making up the greater bulk of the tooth is a hard, bony substance, dentin. The root portion has an overlayer of cementum, while the crown portion has an additional layer of enamel, the hardest substance in the body.
Symptoms may include: recurrent infections, fever, malaise, allergies, autoimmune disorders, or immunodeficiency disorders.
The thymus is the primary lymphoid gland located in the upper chest under the breastbone near the lower part of the neck. It processes many of the body’s lymphocytes, which migrate throughout the body via the bloodstream, seeding lymph nodes and other lymphatic tissue. In the two thymic lobes, lymphocyte precursors from the bone-marrow become thymocytes, and subsequently mature into T-cells. Once mature, T-cells emigrate from the thymus and constitute the peripheral T-cell repertoire responsible for directing many facets of the adaptive immune system called “T-lymphocytes,” which help fight infection.
Symptoms may include: metabolic issues, cold hands or feet, fatigue, constipation, unable to tolerate cold, dry-coarse skin, sparse-coarse hair, low body temperature, or iodine deficient.
The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. This gland is found in the neck just below the laryngeal prominence. The thyroid controls how quickly the body burns energy, makes proteins, and how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. The thyroid participates in these processes by producing thyroid hormones, principally thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body. Iodine is an essential component of both T3 and T4. The thyroid also produces the hormone calcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis. The thyroid is controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary.
Symptoms may include: frequent urges to urinate, inflammation, discomfort, or cloudy urine.
The urinary tract is the system (Ureters, bladder, Urethra) that discharges urine to rid the body of waste products. Products of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism are easily eliminated mainly in the form of carbon dioxide and water. Proteins, however, are more difficult to eliminate because the primary derivative of their metabolism, ammonia, is a relatively toxic compound.