Chakras and the Endocrine system

Chakras and Endocrine system

The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit meaning “wheel” or “disk”.  The origins of the sevenfold Chakra system is said to come from the Vedas, the four holy books of the Hindus believed to date back before 2500 B.C. Chakra symbols are traditionally depicted as lotus flowers, each resonating at different frequencies, corresponding to the colors of the rainbow. Hindu system names seven major chakras, meanwhile the human energy system is said to have many chakras, and new ones are being discovered every day. Each chakra is positioned through the spinal column, or Sushumna, from the coccyx to the crown of the head. Imbalance in one chakra affects the others, same as nervous and endocrine systems are functionally interconnected and any disturbance in one part can lead to the problem elsewhere. The endocrine system acts as a great network of communication between brain and body and is responsible for various metabolic functions that facilitate cellular communication as well as stimulation and hormone release. For the entire human body to function well these endocrine glands must produce and maintain a balance of these various fluids and hormones. To understand how the endocrine system is connected with chakras, let us see each pair in order.

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Chakras and the Endocrine system

Adrenals – Root Chakra

The adrenals are triangular-shaped glands that cap each of the kidneys. They produce a variety of hormones which regulate the body`s metabolism and ones that control the balance of salt and body fluids. These glands also produce adrenalin, the hormone essential with our primitive “fight or flight” response, from with we can determine the link between this gland and the Root chakra`s association with the physical survival.

Ovaries/Testes – Sacral Chakra

The male and female reproductive organs, produce hormones that regulate individual sexual development, amount of the body hair, depth of the voice and production of sperm and eggs in females. The key associated with this chakra is the relationship with our sexuality and emotional balance.

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Chakras and the Endocrine system

Pancreas – Solar Plexus Chakra

The pancreas located behind the stomach and secretes different substances for effective digestion. It also produces insulin which helps to control sugar in the blood. One of the physical dysfunction of this chakra is diabetes. There is a further link with the Solar Plexus Chakra and adrenalin, which is why we experience “butterflies in the stomach” during exciting moments in our life. The key association – digestive system, further dysfunction of this chakra is stomach ulcers.

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Chakras and the Endocrine system

Thymus – Heart Chakra

The thymus – located just above the chest, produces hormones that stimulate general growth, in infancy. Interesting that infants have much larger thymus size than adults. Thymus provides strong immunity system by stimulating the production of lymphocytes, which the part of the body`s defense system. Nowadays, scientists recognize that auto-immune diseases, where the immune system attacks its proteins, mistaking them for a foreign substance, have an emotional connection and are not simply because of physical or environmental causes.

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Chakras and the Endocrine system

Thyroid | Parathyroid – Throat Chakra

The thyroid the gland is located behind trachea in the neck, produces thyroxine, it plays a major role in the metabolism, growth, and development of the human body. It helps to regulate many body functions by constantly releasing a steady amount of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream. Parathyroid glands regulate calcium levels in the bloodstream. The throat chakra is linked with all forms of communication, corresponds to the need for the balance between the rational, cerebral approach and the emotional expression of the heart.

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Chakras and the Endocrine system

Pituitary – Third eye Chakra

The pituitary bland is called the master of gland because it`s involved in so many processes. Its is located within a structure at the base of the skull, near the underside of the brain. It`s also attached the hypothalamus. This vital gland influences growth, metabolism, endorphins ( pain-relieving properties ), prolactin (helps women who are breastfeeding to produce milk), stimulates adrenal glands. Also, this includes estrogen which produces contractions during labor and also helps to release milk from the breasts. It is interesting that the Third eye-pituitary gland connection with birth and motherhood, a time when many women feel that their intuition, particularly about their child, is at its peak.

Pineal – Crown Chakra

The pineal gland – is a small, pea-shaped gland in the brain. Still has mystical properties. But we do now that it produces melatonin which is responsible to regulate our sleep patterns, anti-aging properties and is believed to affect the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, and gonads – although no one yet understands exactly how. As the Crown`s function within the chakra system as a whole, the pineal gland is the control center for the effective functioning of our physical, emotional and mental selves.

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chakras and the endocrine system

In the same way that our physical body`s central nervous system consists of the spinal cord leading o the brain, the energetic equivalent is “Sushumna” – the vertical column through which all chakras are located. Sushumna is the primary of the three main nadis ( channels of energy ) in the body. While the Sushumna is the central channel, the “ida” left and “Pingala” right nadis start and end on opposite sides of Sushumna. In yoga and health science of Ayurveda, it is thought that keeping nadis in balance and free from blocks promotes the flow of prana ( vital energy ), which increases physical and mental health. The principal ways of balancing the nadis in yoga practice are through pranayama ( breathing exercises ) and meditation.

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