In the days of the hunt, the hunted animal’s glands were prized by the hunters. In modern times, far fewer hunt, and animal glands are for the most part not prized. Glandular medicine does, however, have its place. Armour thyroid is one of the most well known medicines produced from animal glands. And a number of companies either utilize animal glands in their products, or specialize in providing animal glandulars for medicinal use. Several companies specify that their glandulars are neonatal glandulars, inferring that the glandular product is more likely to be free from toxins.
While vegetarians may be ethically opposed to, and others are wary of the prospect of “harvesting” animal parts for human consumption, or of ingesting animal products, glandular products have proven to be enormously helpful in treating human glandular disorders, adrenal and thyroid disorders in particular.
Most supplements designed to support glandular function contain whole glands, which are given to provide all components necessary to the function of the gland in question. Armour thyroid, naturethroid and westhroid are thyroid glandulars which contain specific amounts of the thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. These glandulars are often much more effective than taking T4 (Synthroid or Levothyroid or a compounded pharmacy T4) and/or T3 (Cytomel or a compounded pharmacy T3).
At a more refined level, cytosols are extracts which are taken from the cytoplasm of the gland, and contain the output of the glandular cells. Protomorphogens are extracts of the nucleic acids from the nucleus of the cell. These nucleic acids control the function of the cell. At a subtle level, homeopathic glandular preparations are used to impact the energetic pattern which underlies the gland.
Any or all of these types of glandulars may be indicated and effective in treating an array of glandular conditions.