Thyroid Disease- Kundalini Yoga as Preventative Maintenance

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Thyroid Disease

It has come to my attention that a good number of individuals suffer from Thyroid Disease, of some sort or another, and it appears as though women are more likely to have difficulties than men. Weather it is an underactive thyroid, or an overactive thyroid the imbalance in the endocrine system is simply devistating to ones health. This ailment faces my mother and one of my co-workers as well, so it really hits home for me.

As I work through my studies of Kundalini Yoga I am researching the human endocrine system, and outlining some thoughts for chakra-neuroendocrinology, (a science that the yogis have understood for some time, but requires additional Western study.)

My study now takes me to the Thyroid. I seek to gain an understanding of its function and make the case for Kundalini Yoga as a Preventative Maintenance program to keep thyroid disease and disorders away. (Yoga is a maintenance program for the body, mental, emotional and spiritual, as well, but let’s stay focused on this aspect for the time.)

In my previous post on chakra-neuroendocrinology I referenced a resource book that is helping me understand the system. My high level overviews of the tyroid, based on the book, and other insights are as follows:

The thyroid is related to the 5th chakra, or center of communication located around the throat. It is good to keep in mind that the element associated with the 5th chakra is ether. Technically speaking all of our chakras are rooted on the subtle plane of the ethers and bridge the vital gap into physical manifestation. But the 5th chakra is of much interest to etheric relations. It makes one ponder upon the etheric implications of under active and over active 5th chakras.

The human thyroid is the gland that is very closely associated with metabolism. “A primary role of the thyroid is to increase energy expenditure and thermo-genesis.”
That being said the pituitary gland, (or Master Gland,) is responsible for stimulating the thyroid hormone secretion. An imbalance in the thyroid or pituitary gland can lead to challenges in the system.

Hypothyroidism- Underactive thyroid

This implies an individual has thyroid hormone levels that are too low for proper flow in the endocrine system. A common cause of this is the presence of antithyroid antibodies. A common symptom of this is sluggishness, (yoga helps make the body move.)
Hyperthyrodism- Overactive thyroid

This implies that an individual has thyroid levels that are higher than appropriate for the proper flow of energy. There are technically 2 types of this disorder, the type that is caused from within the body and the type that is caused from outside of the body. A common symptom of this is weight loss. This dis-ease can also lead to increased speed in mental processes, but with the propensity to create errors within the thinking. Again, one cause of this is a mis-aligned anti body within the system.

Preventative Thyroid Maintenance

It is my thinking that Yoga, (I am partial to Kundalini but all forms of Yoga are appropriate,) is the optimal means of preventing thyroid disease and disorders. It’s kind of like a car, one takes in their car on a regular basis so that maintenance work can be done. The result of this maintenance is a car that runs smoother, lasts longer and is less likely to die on you. The same is true of the human body and they thyroid.

Kundalini Yoga provides lovely specific means to maintain proper balance within the thyroid. The best way to cure thyroid disease is to never allow the root cause to develop in the first place, thus I stress maintenance.

Food that nurtures the Thyroid

Eating the right foods is also important for proper flow through the thyroid.  Mark Hyman M.D. has noticed that thyroid disorders are on the rise, and he brings an interesting and valid perspective as to the cause.  He focuses more on the environmental and dietary factors that enter into the thyroid system:

“For example, food allergies, like sensitivities to gluten and other foods, also negatively affect thyroid function-and are frequently undiagnosed.  Likewise, deficiencies in nutrients important to good thyroid function-like selenium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids. and iodine and tyrosine-can trigger thyroid problems.”

Fight Thyroid Disease

Mark Hyman has very sound tips for fighting thyroid disease.  I would suggest that we focus on preventing them in the first place.

But if you find yourself in a situation where you need to fight the dis-ease review his suggestions and might I suggest integrating a strong Kundalini Yoga practice into your life cycle.

I have another future proposed test for testing the validity of healing via chakra-neuroendocrinology. There are a couple tests that can be done to measure the levels of thyroid hormones in ones system. I propose a controlled test with 3 groups:

  1. Group of people with over active thyroid (n=60)
  2. Group of peoplw with under active thyroid (n=60)
  3. Control group (n=60)

Measure the levels of thyroid hormone prior to testing. One half of each group will live out their lives normally, or under go the typical Western treatment. The second half will practice Kundalini Yoga on a Daily basis with a strong focus on 5th chakra exercizes and a little 6th chakra work here and ther. (We could add thyroid specific eating into the equation at a future date perhaps.)

I find it interesting that one of my first major energetic blockages in this life time, that I was consciously aware of, was in my throat center. (Sarah, thanks again for the release.)

The timing of this post is also rather interesting, as I am 18 days into a 40 Kundalini Yoga kriya that focuses on the 5th chakra.

It is my sincere hope that this info gets shared with others.  Should you know someone that may benefit, please pass this along to them!  Please let me know what you think of this article?

I hope it is of value.

Sat Nam

Hershel

Chakra-Neuroendocrinology #1: Hormones

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Chakra-Neuroendocrinology??  What in the world does that mean?

Well good question, I am not sure if the term was in physical exsistence until now.  In my endeavor to uncover the healing properties associated with the chakra energy system, I figured I had better do some additional scientific investigation into the Human Endocrine System. 

I have purchased the following book for an overview study.

How the Endocrine System Works by J Matthew Neal, MD, FACP, FACE 

Published 2002 by Blackwell Science Inc  Blackwell Science Inc c/oAIDC 


PO Box 20

 

 

50 Winter Sports Lane Williston, VT 05495

I came across the term, Neuroendocrinology, which is a study of the endocrine system and the nervous system.  This term resonnated with me because my next scientific study related to the chakras is going to be into the nervous system.  Each of the 7 chakras is associated with specific centers along the central nervous system, I’ll detail them in the future, now back to the term.

So Chakra-Neuroendocrinology is the study of the chakra energy system in relation to the central nervous system and endocrine system.  I think it will make for a fascinating field of study and as part of my Kundalini Yoga teacher training I’ll continue with personal exploration.  Hopefully over time many many others far better versed than I in Neuroendocrinology will add a wealth of knowledge to chakra-neuroendocrinology.

For the purpose of exploration, I’ll hit on some of the high points outlined in the book referenced above, and add some of my perspective.  The first item of understanding has to do with hormones.

 

Hormones and the Endocrine System

 

Hormones are vital to a human’s life force, they have 3 primary functions:

  1. Hormones help distribute energy by facilitating the metabolic process
  2. Hormones help promote an internal balance within the body
  3. Hormones faciliate reproduction

(Yoga, helps distribute energy and helps promote balance.)

So that’s cool, but what do hormones do to achieve this?

Turns out that hormones operate on a cellular level and primarily effect the nucleus of specific cells, encouraging creation of predetermined protiens.  Hormones can be charged, or non-charged.  If charged it implies that they work with receptors on the cell to effect the nucleus, rather than the non-charged ones which can penetrate the cell membrane to influence the nucleus directly.  Seems to me as if they carry a specific frequency, hmm sound vibration and Mantra could play an interesting role here….

Hormone levels are maintained in the body via feedback loops that tell the body when to make more of a specific hormone and when to make less of it.  Blockages within this feedback system work to inhibit the proper flow of the endocrine system.  It is interesting that blockages and flow can be used when describing the processes of the endocrine system, as well as when describing the work of chakra balancing.

Distruptions in the feedback system, either too much, or not enough of a specific hormone, cause health conditions.  By understanding how the chakras relate to these feedback systems, and health conditions, we can begin to understand how chakras can help prevent and potentially cure these health conditions.

Testing the Validity of Chakra-Neuroendocrinology

Scientific experimentation would be no good if there weren’t some hypothesis made. 

High Level Hypothesis.   Chakra balancing, via Kundalini Yoga or energy healing, can faciliate improved health in the endocrine and nervous systems.

In Kundalini Yoga there are specific kriyas, or exercizes given to have an effect on specific chakras, each of these chakras relates to a specific endocrine system gland.  Each of these glands is responsible for secretion of specific hormones.  “stimulation or inhibition of the secretion of hormones” will provide an effective means to measure the influence of specific kriyas on the endocrine system.

So at some point we require a series of hormone tests, before and after perscribed Kundalini Yoga exercizes.  We will need a control group and an experiment group.  I would propose a couple experiment groups, 1 given the exercize perscriptions to do on their own over a period of time, let’s say 1 week, the other under the guidance of a Kundalini Yoga Master.

Similarly we could revisit proposed energy healing tests and measure hormone levels before an after the sessions.

Gamma cameras and Kirlian photography may also provide insight into the experiments to be conducted.

Now I don’t have off hand the resources to conduct these tests, but should someone be interested in helping faciliate them, please let me know!

So there’s the first edition of Chakra-Neuroendocrinology, stay tuned for more.

Sat Nam

H~

 

The Human Endocrine System & Chakras

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On this site I speak of the healing aspects that are associated with the chakra energetic system. How is it that this energetic system is capable of bring upon such remarkable change in a human being?

One of the primary “physical” reasons for this healing is the correlation into the human endocrine system. As I noted here, I feel additional information on the chakra endocrine system relation is in order.

Human Endocrine System

Kids Health provides easily digested explaination of the endocrine system. The primary components of the endocrine system are glands which secret hormones. The various hormones have specific functions they carry out in the physical body. These hormones are pumped through the blood stream for their specific effects to take place.

From an evolutionary perspective, I found this statement on the Kids Health site to be of much interest:

“Although many different hormones circulate throughout the bloodstream, each one affects only the cells that are genetically programmed to receive and respond to its message.”

It kind of makes ya wonder if there are dormant “target cells” that are waiting for a specific point of spiritual evolution to take place before they show expression.

The seven chakras tie in directly to this physical endocrine sytem. The major glands of the Endocrine system are listed below with their respective chakras, or energy centers.

Chakra Relation to the Endocrine System

  1. First Chakra (Muladhara)- Adrenal Glands
  2. Second Chakra (Svadhisthana)- Gonads/Ovaries
  3. Third Chakra (Manipura) – Spleen/Pancreas
  4. Fourth Chakra (Anahata) – Thymus
  5. Fifth Chakra (Vishuddha) – Thyroid/Parathyroid
  6. Sixth Chakra (Ajna) – Pituitary Gland
  7. Seventh Chakra (Sahasrara) – Pineal Gland

(Relationships noted in The Kundalini Yoga Experience book, a great read on the chakras.)

Over several future posts I’ll get into more specifics for each of the above. Balancing the chakras provides the keys to unlock ailments, diseases and blockages in the associated endocrine system glands and organs. Kundalini Yoga and energy healing practices such as reiki, provide excellent means of improving the flow of the endocrine system.

Enjoy~