What body functions are regulated by the hypothalamus?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body's dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst, and hunger. The rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based in the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain -- the hypothalamus.
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