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Pancreas, Layman's anatomy, basic information about the pancreas including herbs, diet and supplements.


SYSTEM: Digestive (Exocrine) and Glandular (Endocrine)

CATEGORY: Gland and Organ


SHAPE: Flat, hammer shaped (see page Pancreas-title page)

SIZE: 5 inches in length, 2 inches in width.

LOCATION: Stretches across upper abdomen right behind the stomach and touching the spleen.

FUNCTION: Manufactures enzymes to aid in digestion (that is why it is part of the exocrine system - organ).  Produces the hormone insulin (that is why it is part of the endocrine systems - gland) to regulate blood sugar levels in the bloodstream.

KINESIOLOGY :  Test point is 2 to 3 inches above the naval slightly to the left 2 inches (see page Pancreas -5)

IRIDOLOGY:  Although the bulk of the pancreas lies in the left side of the body it shows up in the right eye only 7:10 and must be touching the autonomic nerve wreath. (see page Pancreas-6).  Also look for orange coloration on the iris.  

{I personally believe that it will be proved that the pancreas is shown in both eyes.}

REFLEXOLOGY: Right foot above instep 2 inches below second toe from pinky.  Left foot above instep 1 inch below pinky. (See page Pancreas-7)

HELPS TO IMPROVE FUNCTION: High fiber diet, small frequent meals, proteins that are easily digested like nuts, beans, seeds, sprouts, whole grains, and a lot of raw vegetables.

DETRIMENTAL TO ITS HEALTH: Preservatives, milk products, animal proteins, excessive alcohol, coffee, tea, unbalanced diet, sugar, bleached flour, denatured (processed) foods and stress


Zollinger-Ellison's syndrome - Tumor of the pancreas

Pancreatitis - Inflammation of pancreas - pain in the upper abdomen, gassiness, nausea, and indigestion.


Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).  The pancreas is in a hyper state causing too much production of insulin which makes the sugar level low or hypo.

Intense hunger, confusion, grouchiness, fainting, shaky, weak or headaches if meals are skipped.


Diabetes - The pancreas does not keep up with the level of sugar in the system.  Either because it is not being stimulated to produce insulin from the adrenals, can't keep up with the amount that is released by the liver or is not able to produce insulin.


Chromium (not chelated to anything but niacin or ninolenic acid), zinc (prolongs the effect of insulin), iron, calcium, copper, chlorine, silicon, magnesium, and potassium.


B-complex with extra B-1 and B-12

Dandelion Increases pancreas activity
Capsicum Heals and promotes enzyme secretion
Cedar Berries Excellent source of Nature's insulin
Garlic Natural anti-biotic effect (pancreatisis)
Kelp Stimulates body's metabolism
Juniper Berries High in nature's insulin and is a disease preventative. Consider substitute for long term goldenseal
Licorice root For hypoglycemic's (low blood sugar) increases blood sugar levels and builds the adrenals (Caution: can raise blood pressure)
Goldenseal For diabetics, Nature's insulin.  Helps in lowering blood sugar levels (Caution: not to be used by hypoglycemic's)
Oatstraw Stimulates and builds
Spirulina Helps me with sugar highs and lows
Uva Ursi Helps diabetics regulate sugar level

P-14 14 herbs that support the health of the pancreas,  good for diabetics to take
HY-A Good for hypoglycemic's to take
HY-C Chinese combo loved by many hypoglycemic's  Nutritionally supports pancreas and liver
Ayurvedic Blood Sugar Formula (Ayurvedic Blood Sugar Formula (formally (NBS-AV) Ayurvedic sugar balancing combo
PBS Pancreas Blood sugar, contains Cedar berries

None of which I am aware

Chromium Helps decrease sugar cravings or sugar imbalances.  The only safe chromium in my opinion are chelated to niacin or called GTF chromium


Many doctors prescribe a high protein diet for hypoglycemic's  This only gives temporary relief and will eventually weaken the pancreas and can cause severe problems, especially when ingesting animal proteins.  Light protein for breakfast does, however, help smooth out the hypoglycemic's energy highs and lows.

Hypoglycemic's and diabetics should avoid large meals.  They should eat 6-8 small meals a day.

Hypoglycemic's and pregnant women should avoid goldenseal because it lowers blood sugar.

Diabetics should avoid straight licorice root because it raises blood sugar.

Licorice root can raise blood pressure.

Parasites can also be a factor in pancreatic problems.

Ideal sugar level should be 80-90.

Sugar level is achieved by cooperative functions of the liver, pancreas and adrenals.  The adrenal glands stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin and the liver to release stored sugar.  Any weakness in this team can cause diabetes.

Yes answer could indicate
Do you get shaky, weak, grouchy or headachy if you skip meals? Could indicate low blood sugar
Do you get tired after a large meal? Could indicate high blood sugar
Is your sugar high in the morning? Could be mostly liver involvement

ADDITIONAL READING: None of which I am aware.

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