The Thymus Gland
The Thymus gland, which sits at the base of the throat and behind the sternum, is part of both the lymphatic and endocrine systems and is responsible for helping the body develop a healthy immune system. It secretes hormones called humoral factors and produces T cells, which are an important type of white blood cells. They defend the body from bacteria, viruses and fungi.
The Thymus gland has a big role during puberty to make the T cells but as we approach the adult years its function is more as a facilitator in the lymphatic system. It still needs to be stimulated to move toxins out of the body and to keep the immune system healthy. However, by the age of 75, the Thymus has ‘disappeared’ through a process called ‘involution’. The gland turns into fatty tissue as the body does not need it anymore.
Here are a few poses you can do at home to massage the thymus:
Information on the Thymus was found at the Hormone Health Network website.