Pancreas is a gland of digestive system. The pancreas produces insulin and digestive enzymes, the latter fed by a duct to the duodenum. The endocrine–that is, ductless–part of the pancreas is in its production of insulin, which is dumped directly into the blood stream. Without insulin, one cannot properly metabolize blood sugar. Some one who cannot metabolize blood sugar becomes diabetic.
Human growth hormone (HGH) is one of the hormones produced by the anterior pituitary gland, located in the head between the palate and the base of the brain. HGH is one of the master hormones because it affects other endocrine glands. In terms of timing, it promotes stages of growth in children, affecting not only growth itself, but proportion. Its deficiency (relative to normal for each age) in adults correlates with faster aging and various under-functioning.
There are a variety of disorders of the pancreas including acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, hereditary pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.
The evaluation of pancreatic diseases can be difficult due to the inaccessibility of the pancreas. There are multiple methods to evaluate the pancreas. Initial tests of the pancreas include a physical examination, which is difficult since the pancreas is deep in the abdomen near the spine. Blood tests are often helpful in determining whether the pancreas is involved in a specific symptom but may be misleading. The best radiographic tests to evaluate the structure of the pancreas include CAT (computed tomography) scan, endoscopic ultrasound, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Tests to evaluate the pancreatic ducts include ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) and MRCP(magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography). There are also instances in which surgical exploration is the only way to confirm the diagnosis of pancreatic disease.
Astrologically fundamental factors for pancreas related disease are:
- Planets – Jupiter (ruling all pancreatic physiology, arterial system, glands, liver/gall bladder, pancreas gland, digestion, absorptive power, ears/hearing power, navel, feet, physical development, palate, throat, the hips and the fat tissue), Moon (ruling pancreatic fluids, stomach, digestive system), Mars (ruling exocrine action of the pancreas involving gastric digestion i.e. splitting up of fats), Pluto (ruling pancreas, metabolism)
- Signs – Virgo (ruling digestive system, intestines), Aries / Pisces (few consider them as head / tail of pancreas)
- Constellations –
- Houses – 6th House (few also takes 5th house for abdomen)
Ketu being dry planet, if weak / afflicting ends up in low blood pressure, deafness, wounds, inflammations, fevers, intestinal disorders, aberrations, defective speech and gives emaciated body with prominent veins.
If Jupiter is not placed well in the horoscope, it can lead to obesity and pancreatic issues which then leads to insulin imbalance, and therefore, type II diabetes.
Amongst Fixed Stars Pancreas ruling stars are: Polaris, Labrum, Zavijava (center of pancreas), Markeb (lower part of pancreas); Zaniah (intestine)
If virgo, Sun, 5th house, 5th lord, and Jupiter makes relation with 6th,8th,12th lords or afflicted by Rahu, Ketu, Mars and Saturn or afflicted by maraka planet then there is much possibility of cancer in pancreas. The role of Rahu and Ketu is much in this respect. Because Rahu is responsible for malignant growth and Ketu is of hidden disease i.e. those diseases which are not detected easily.
The moon rules the pancreas. Since the transiting moon moves so quickly, you might look to your progressed moon, or to transits or progressions to your natal moon.
Generally, acute inflammations of the pancreas (pancreatitis) involve Mars; recurrent inflammations (periodical) would bring in the Moon; chronic conditions would involve Jupiter with negative connections with Saturn (especially) but also possibly with Sun, Venus, Uranus (Pluto also for subtle, mysterious and deep-seated long term conditions), elusive, undiagnosed conditions, by Neptune
The signs have rulership of a region of the body and the planets perform the functions within that region. There is often a tendency to say that, e.g., Mercury rules the lungs because they fall under Gemini, whereas it is Mercury that is responsible for the respiratory performance of/within them. However Elemental distribution is also going to effect how efficiently the body can deal with disorders within it.
Acute pancreatitis is a sudden attack causing inflammation of the pancreas and is usually associated with severe upper abdominal pain. The pain may be severe and last several days. Other symptoms of acute pancreatitis include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, and fever. In the United States, the most common cause of acute pancreatitis is gallstones. Other causes include chronic alcohol consumption, hereditary conditions, trauma, medications, infections, electrolyte abnormalities, high lipid levels, hormonal abnormalities, or other unknown causes.
Chronic pancreatitis is the progressive disorder associated with the destruction of the pancreas. The disease is more common in men and usually develops in persons between 30 and 40 years of age. Initially, chronic pancreatitis may be confused with acute pancreatitis because the symptoms are similar. The most common symptoms are upper abdominal pain and diarrhea. As the disease becomes more chronic, patients can develop malnutrition and weight loss. If the pancreas becomes destroyed in the latter stages of the disease, patients may develop diabetes mellitus.
The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis in the United States is chronic alcohol consumption. Additional causes include cystic fibrosis and other hereditary disorders of the pancreas.
In some cases, pancreatitis is related to inherited abnormalities of the pancreas or intestine. Acute recurrent attacks of pancreatitis early in life (under age 30) can often progress to chronic pancreatitis. The most common inherited disorder that leads to chronic pancreatitis is cystic fibrosis. Recent research demonstrates genetic testing can be a valuable tool in identifying patients predisposed to hereditary pancreatitis.
As in chronic pancreatitis, hereditary pancreatitis is a progressive disease with a high risk of permanent problems. Patients with these disorders may have chronic pain, diarrhea, malnutrition, or diabetes. Treatment focuses on pain control and pancreatic enzyme replacement.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in men and the fifth in women. It accounts for more than 37,000 new cases per year in the United States. Cancer of the pancreas is resistant to many standard treatments including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This cancer grows insidiously and initially does not cause symptoms. The classic presentation of pancreatic cancer is referred to as painless jaundice, a yellowish skin discoloration with no other symptoms. The diagnosis is usually made using different radiographic imaging techniques.
If detected in the early stages, pancreatic cancer can be cured by surgical resection. Unfortunately, early detection is more the exception than the rule. At later stages, treatment can improve the quality of life by controlling symptoms and complications.
A natural extract derived from Neem tree could potentially be used to treat the highly lethal pancreatic cancer, says a team of researchers including Indian-origin scientists.
The results revealed that nimbolide, an active molecule isolated from Neem tree (Azadirachta indica), can stop pancreatic cancer’s growth and spread without harming normal, healthy cells.
“The promise nimbolide has shown is amazing, and the specificity of the treatment towards cancer cells over normal cells is very intriguing,” said Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, associate professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso in the US.
Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all cancers with 94 percent of patients dying within five years of diagnosis.
The cancer grows quickly and there are currently no effective treatments available.
In the study, Lakshmanaswamy and colleagues observed that nimbolide was able to reduce the migration and invasion capabilities of pancreatic cancer cells by 70 percent — meaning the cancerous cells did not become aggressive and spread.
And that is promising, the researchers said.
In humans, this migration and invasion — or metastasis — of pancreatic cancer to other regions of the body is the chief cause of mortality.
Nimbolide treatments also induced cancer cell death, causing the size and number of pancreatic cancer cell colonies to drop by 80 percent.
“Nimbolide seems to attack pancreatic cancer from all angles,” Lakshmanaswamy said.
What is more, the Neem compound did not harm healthy cells in both the in vitro and in vivo experiments.
“Many people in India actually eat neem and it doesn’t have harmful side effects, which suggests that using nimbolide for pancreatic cancer will not cause adverse effects like chemotherapy and radiation typically do,” study lead author Ramadevi Subramani, postdoctoral researcher at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Centre, said.
The findings appeared in the journal Scientific Reports.
The researchers said they plan to continue researching the anticancer mechanisms behind the plant extract.