The pancreas sits against the spine deep in the abdominal cavity. It secretes insulin for blood sugar management, and digestive enzymes for protein and fat.
In health, the physical body and its glands are enlivened by the etheric body, and harmonious function is guided by the astral body and the Ego (or “I” or Self). See also Physical body, Etheric body, Astral body, Ego or self or I.
Menopause marks the shift of the body’s etheric (life) forces from physical creativity, to spiritual creativity. Life forces are not lost, but re-directed. As one British woman said ‘At the change, every woman should go back to university!‘
The breast, a modified sweat gland, produces unique physical and spiritual nourishment for the human infant. Its own health is to some extent protected by the act of breastfeeding.
Human life and health are embedded in polarities: light and dark, hot and cold, male and female, up and down, softening and hardening, contracting and expanding, linear and round, sickness and health, young and old, reflective and noisy, self and
We are told by Rudolf Steiner that digestion is the proper place for violence in the human being.