POINT # 14
O V A R I E S
Location of Point: In hand Point No. 14 is located 2 fingers width below the wrist crease (on the side of little finger) or point No. 15. In foot it is located in the pit at the centre of a horizontal line drawn between the external malleolus (the prominent and elevated lower end of the leg bone fibula) and the margin of the Achilles tendon. Use your finger and not any instruments to put pressure on this point. This point is used to treat the following diseases.
Only found in female the ovaries are the site of production of oocytes (immature ova), or eggs, which are fertilized by sperm to produce embryos. The paired endocrine gland ovaries are situated in the lower abdomen and lie on either side of the uterus.
Functions of ovary’s hormones:
Oestrogens secreted by the follicle of ovaries perform the following role:
• It promotes the development and maintenance of female reproductive structures. This includes the fat distribution on our hips, breasts, abdomen, thighs, buttocks and in fact in all those curvy bits that makes a female.
• Helps in the growth of ovaries and follicles.
• Growth and maintenance of the smooth muscle and inner linings of the entire reproductive tract.
• Growth of external genitalia and breasts.
• Sex drive and behavior
• Prepares the ovarian follicle for the release of an egg.
• Prepares our internal environment for fertility making it more sperm friendly.
• Helps maintain our bone density by increasing osteoblasts – which are bone forming cells.
• Assists in the control of fluid and electrolyte balance within the body, ensuring that the skin retains moisture.
• Stimulation of fluid sebaceous gland secretions (“anti-acne”).
Progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum (ruptured follicle) in the ovaries during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone is one of the main hormones of pregnancy (or gestation). It stimulates the endometrium (inner wall of uterus) to secrete a fluid which protects and nourishes the fertilized ovum in the uterus before implantation. It also fosters placenta growth.
If pregnancy does not occur, then the corpus luteum only functions until about day 26 of an average cycle, after which progesterone production decreases rapidly; this causes changes in the lining of the uterus which lead to menstruation.
Regulation of ovarian hormones
Regulation of sexual desire
To restraint anger
Absence of menstruation
Difficulty in menstruation
Balance of body temperature
Swelling due to heavy menstrual bleeding
Regulates body growth
Pelvic inflammatory disease