Everything You Wanted to Know About the Pineal Gland

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

A women sitting in the middle of the field watching the sunset. Sun exposure assists the pineal gland and stimulates the mind.

The famous philosopher Descartes described the pineal gland as the “principal seat of the soul.” You’ve probably heard of this gland being the “third eye,” a mystical chakra point residing right in the middle of your eyebrows. It turns out these ideas aren’t too far off. The small, rice-sized, pinecone-shaped endocrine organ known as the pineal gland sits alone in the middle of the brain and at the same level as the eyes.

What Does the Pineal Gland Do?

How you think and feel every day depends on the pineal gland. As the producer of the hormone melatonin, the quality and duration of your sleep relies on how well it produces this hormone. This tiny organ regulates your daily and seasonal circadian rhythms, the sleep-wake patterns that determine your hormone levels, stress levels, and physical performance.

4 Ways to Activate the Pineal Gland

Activating your pineal gland may be helpful for regulating mood, sleep, and energy levels. Here are 4 ways to get started.

1. Get Out and Into the Sun

Sun exposure kick starts the pineal gland and stimulates the mind. Any type of light exposure, either directly or indirectly, activates the pineal gland, prompting it to produce serotonin; the neurotransmitter responsible for mood and energy levels. This is why it’s crucial to avoid light after the sun goes down, because you need your pineal gland to produce melatonin and suppress serotonin. This process can only be accomplished by reducing light from electronics and lightbulbs as much as possible.

2. Sleep in Complete Darkness

A dark environment ensures your pineal gland produces enough melatonin to ensure good, restful sleep. Make sure you avoid backlit devices like phones, tablets, computer monitors, or TV right before bed. The lighting of these devices stimulates serotonin production, tricking your pineal gland into thinking it’s daytime, confusing your wake/sleep cycle.

3. Sun Gazing

Sun gazing is perhaps one of the most controversial exercises you can do to activate the pineal gland. Here’s the basics of the practice: within the first 15 minutes of sunlight at the beginning of the day and then the final 15 minutes of sunlight at the end of the day, you gaze into the sun for a couple of seconds, but only a couple of seconds. Again, sun gazing has its risks. Simply getting out in the sun and having your eyes exposed to light indirectly can help stimulate the pineal gland without having to stare directly.

4. Meditation

The pineal gland responds to the bioelectric signals of light and dark, and meditation activates this bioelectric energy. With practice, you can learn to direct this energy to this highly-sensitive organ.

Modern Problems with the Pineal Gland

Calcification is the biggest problem for the pineal gland. Fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland more than any other organ and leads to the formation of phosphate crystals. As your pineal gland hardens due to the crystal production, less melatonin is produced and regulation of your wake-sleep cycle gets disturbed. [1]

Research also reports fluoride hardening accelerates sexual development in children, particularly in girls. [2] And this is a serious problem as a study from 30 years ago reported 40% of American children under 17 were found to have pineal calcification in process. Since then, we’ve see children, especially girls, experience the early onset of puberty. [3]

In addition to fluoride, halides like chlorine and bromine also accumulate and damage the pineal gland. Calcium supplements can also cause problems. Without enough vitamin D–64% of Americans are vitamin D deficient–calcium does not become bioavailable and calcifies human tissue, including the pineal gland. [4]

Eliminating fluoride may be the best first step for reducing health concerns. Use fluoride-free toothpaste, avoid tap water, and drink filtered water. For the best filtered water, use a reverse osmosis water filter. Eat calcium-rich foods rather than taking calcium supplements if you can get plenty of vitamin D.

5 Ways to Decalcify Your Pineal Gland

If you’ve been exposed to fluoride, your pineal gland has some degree of calcification preventing it from working well. Here are a few ways you can decalcify:

1. Tamarind Fruit

The fruit from the African tamarind tree is extremely effective at removing fluoride from the body. One study found children given tamarind excreted significantly more fluoride in their urine compared to the control group and may halt or even reverse the effects of skeletal fluorosis. [5] [6]

2. Borax

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of borax (or boron) in a liter of water and take it in small quantities over the course of a day or two. Consult your doctor before using this method.

3. Zeolites

These volcanically-produced crystals have recently been discovered as a powerful way to detoxify your body. They break down hardened calcium that forms around toxic metals in tissue and removes these heavy metals from the body.

4. Cleanses

Regular cleansing enables the body to naturally remove toxins and heavy metals from the body, including fluoride.

5. Iodine

Halides like fluoride, chlorine, and bromine accumulate in your tissue if you’re iodine deficient, which is an increasing problem around the world. If you’ve cut back on salt and don’t eat a lot of seafood, there’s a good chance you may be deficient. Symptoms of iodine deficiency include chronic fatigue, thyroid disease, feeling cold or a low body temperature, and hormone imbalance. To get more iodine, eat foods rich in iodine, or take a colloidal iodine supplement for the best result.

References (6)
  1. Schmid H.A. Decreased Melatonin Biosynthesis, Calcium Flux, Pineal Gland Calcification and Aging: A Hypothetical Framework. Gerontology 1993;39:189 199.
  2. Jennifer Anne Luke. The Effect of Fluoride on the Physiology of the Pineal Gland. Excerpts from pages: 1-9; 51-53; 167-177. 1997.
  3. Zimmerman RA, Bilaniuk LT. Age-related incidence of pineal calcification detected by computed tomography. Radiology. 1982 Mar;142(3):659-62.
  4. Mitchell DM1, Henao MP, Finkelstein JS, Burnett-Bowie SA. Prevalence and predictors of vitamin D deficiency in healthy adults. Endocr Pract. 2012 Nov-Dec;18(6):914-23. doi: 10.4158/EP12072.OR.
  5. Khandare AL1, Kumar P U, Shanker RG, Venkaiah K, Lakshmaiah N. Additional beneficial effect of tamarind ingestion over defluoridated water supply to adolescent boys in a fluorotic area. Nutrition. 2004 May;20(5):433-6.
  6. Khandare AL1, Rao GS, Lakshmaiah N. Effect of tamarind ingestion on fluoride excretion in humans. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2002 Jan;56(1):82-5.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Joe

    Great article. I’ve heard of closing your eye lids and staring into the sun instead of eyes open. Is there any evidence the eyes closed method is beneficial to the pineal gland?

  • I’m familiar with the benefits of Sungazing but hadn’t seen anything about closed eye gazing.

  • sharkonwhisky

    Thanks for this thorough and expansive article.

    I’m wondering though, it’s all very well giving up man made fluoride in water and toothpaste etc…but fluoride binds strongly to the pineal gland tissue…so how does one eliminate this fluoride that has already built up there, and is that even possibje?? Or will it happen by itself in time? I ask because a big song and dance is made of pineal gland detox diets, but as far as I can tell, there is ZERO scientific evidence to support any of these dietary or supplement suggestions, and they all rest on pure unfounded speculation and nothing else.

    There are ways of reducing the impact of fluoride *while* you’re ingesting it (curcumin in turmeric and tamarind leaf) but I’ve not encountered any scientific research or evidence examining or supporting LONG TERM pineal gland detox of fluoride deposits, once one has cut down on their man made fluoride intake.

  • sharkonwhisky

    I think it would still be viable actually and better than nothing (and a much safer bet when the sun is strong) as research has shown that somehow the pineal gland can detect ambient light, but a clear mechanism (i.e. is it direct or indirect detection) hasn’t been found yet.

  • Tasha Evelyn

    Thanks for sharing this I have learned a lot, and you just confirmed my concerns!! Namasté

  • Father of the Dawn

    Hi, really fascinated by this article. Could you please explain how the [2] reference (Jennifer Anne Luke. The Effect of Fluoride on the Physiology of the Pineal Gland. Excerpts from pages: 1-9; 51-53; 167-177. 1997) indicates that “fluoride hardening accelerates sexual development in children” as the reference states on page 177: “Whether or not fluoride interferes with pineal function in humans requires further investigation”. I can see that there is a possibility that fluoride affects sexual development in gerbils as the study suggests, but it doesn’t appear to be such a supported idea in humans. A bit more insight into how this conclusion has been reached would be great.


  • D-Tub

    That’s a really long book but I saw information on page 7 that might be what is being referred to.

  • Father of the Dawn

    Thank you for your input 🙂 yeah, I did read that – this article is referencing the books pages 1-9, 51-53 and 167-177 but again on page 7 it says that although tests were carried out, “the investigators reported no adverse systemic effects from drinking fluoridated water” and this isn’t really evidence. I’m not sure a professional would consider that this kind of information is fact? It just kind of makes you wonder what else the author is writing about as if it is a fact when actually the reference is more of a speculation that kind of disagrees with the author. I’d still like to know more as I am led to believe that the author is a professional in this area?

  • D-Tub

    I guess that’s one way look at it. Personally, I will listen to information from different sources as food for thought but I don’t readily accept information as fact right off the bat.

  • Father of the Dawn

    I do agree, I usually look at articles with that kind of view, but when the author is suggesting we change our lifestyle to avoid fluoride and even stare into the sun every day because our health may be at risk otherwise, it’s hard to just take it with a pinch of salt – especially when there are references to scientific evidence. It seems from some of the other comments that other people do genuinely believe this. Can you imagine how many people are actually staring into the sun every day, because some “doctor” wrote about it in an article who references a 400 page study that eventually concludes with the opposite opinion of the author? Very few people will read through the studies and will instead accept that if the studies were made and the author thinks it’s evidence then it must be a fact.

    I think this article may be very damaging to peoples health and mental state, some people are very superstitious and could become paranoid of fluoride because of this – the evidence for that is in other comments. If the article was put in such a way that implied “this is not fact, but merely my opinion” it would be okay, but it comes across as professional advice and I’d like that to be backed up by how that conclusion was reached.

    Anyway, rant over 🙂 I just hope that other people who look at these articles don’t – for example – risk their kids teeth by stopping them using fluoride toothpaste because they’re scared it would speed up their sexual development when actually their kids would have to be gerbils for it to have any known negative effect.

  • D-Tub

    I would guess probably not many people are staring into the sun or taking sharp 90 degree turns in life just because they read one article, but that’s only speculation and based on a hope that most people know better. But, like you say, there’s always someone that needs someone else to protect them from themselves. Kind of like how hair dryers have a warning label to not use them in the shower.

  • Father of the Dawn

    Yeah, although it’s probably more like an article by a doctor suggesting people use hairdryers in the shower, then saying that it’s bad for your health if you don’t and scientific studies back up his point despite the label… If you look at the other comments it seems that some people are looking into the sun because of articles like this. You can convince people of almost anything if you try hard enough, not everybody has the thought to check sources and think for themselves. It just seems irresponsible.

  • Barney V Burchfield

    Does wearing contact lenses affect the benefits to the pineal gland from getting sun and/or sun gazing?

  • Shelly Marie Moss

    I’m really wondering why Fossil Shell flour (food grade diatomaceous earth) isn’t on this list!

  • jimmylisterjr

    Just saw this comment despite how long ago it was made. But one may want to read a material safety and data sheet on a pacific compound. Like for example sodium fluoride. Because that way an individual can make a more detailed and informed choice. And also remember that in toothpaste they may list the ingredients but may not list the dosage. Also one may need to consider other sources of fluoride intake as well. Again just using fluoride as a example. And remember there are different forms of fluoride that are in use to. Even in the city water supply.

    Remember even though most food manufacturers my filter the incoming water supply. They may not filter everything out of the water either. So processed foods may have fluoride in themas well. Just because filters that can completely remove fluoride are not cheap. Especially on a industrial scale.

  • Brent

    “The pineal gland responds to the bioelectric signals of light and dark, and meditation activates this bioelectric energy. With practice, you can learn to direct this energy to this highly-sensitive organ” – no, you can’t. This is new age gibberish.

  • Rebecca

    Borax is poisonous if you drink it! This is not only possibly cleaning your pituitary gland, it is killing you! And possibly making you trip balls because the poison is evidently making you think that youre cleaning your brain! Please call poison control if you try to drink cleaning products to clean your brain again.

  • syke bih

    this changes nothing. who discovered the pineal gland? how does one remove one from a body? there are many expectations that the title of this article simply does not live up to

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