Identifying and Healing Adrenal Gland Fatigue
The adrenals are a pair of glands capping the upper ends of the kidneys. When they are removed, death ensues rapidly. The gland is composed of a cortex (outer portion) and a medulla (inner portion). The outer portion produces the sex steroids, the glucocorticoids (corticosterone, hydrocortisone) which are involved in the control of carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism and the min-eralocorticoids (aldosterone, deoxycorti-kidney tubules), affecting blood volume and blood pressure control. The adrenals are flat triangular structures. The size and weight is somewhat variable. Each is about 5 cm long and weighs between 3 and 6 grams and is slightly heavier in the male than in the female. The inner portion of the adrenals is developed from the ectoderm, the outer layer of cells of the embryo. This is the same tissue that produces the sympathetic nervous system. The inner portion secretes adrenalin and noradrenalin. Adrenalin is involved in the fight or flight response, whereas...
Ty to heal my mom as I shared earlier. So I continued training and practicing Spring Forest Qigong and was working with the concept of psychic surgery when I received a tearful phone call from my mom who had just learned that her only brother was diagnosed with tumors on his adrenal glands. There was great concern that the tumors were cancerous and the cancer was spreading throughout the body. The other concern was that the surgery was rather precarious because if the adrenal gland was cut into, chemicals could be released in the body and that could be very damaging to my uncle. In my healing meditation, I pictured my uncle's adrenal glands with the tumor on top of them which I pictured encapsulating into a ball with a skin around it so the doctors who were doing surgery could easily see that the tumor had in no way spread beyond the adrenal glands. Then I asked the universe to place some fatty tissue between the tumor and the adrenal glands so that removing the tumor would be easy...
The Yin-tang is the pituitary gland and is called the Tsu Chiao or the Original Cavity of the Spirit by Taoists. In fact, there are many names for it in the Taoist Encyclopedia (Life Palace, Yu Ting, Jade Cauldron, etc.). This point is located between the eyebrows, above the nasal cavity. It is the master endocrine control gland, regulating growth, gonadal function, the adrenals and the thyroid.
The Governor (or control) Channel also starts at the Hui-Yin. From this point it moves up the posterior of the body. In doing so it passes through the Chang-chiang (the base of the spine) and goes up to the Ming-men (L2 and L3) or Door of Life where it continues up to the Chi-chung (Tl1) between the adrenal glands and then proceeds upwards to the Yu-chen or the Emerald Pillow of the medulla. From there it rises to the crown of the head or Pai-hui (the crown) and then goes to the Shen-ting and down to the Yin-T'ang between the eyebrows. Here it passes to the San Ken (the tip of the nose) and finally travels down to the palate, which is the terminus of the Governor Channel.
When you concentrate on the Chi-chung (adrenal gland), you also activate or stimulate the pancreas. Like the adrenal glands, the pancreas is involved in blood sugar level and concentration on this point may have a normalizing effect. Whether this can help those who have diabetes would have to be born out by extended tests with many subjects under controlled conditions for a considerable period of time. However, without doubt, there would be improvement in the condition. As you continue concentrating on this point the power will collect and gradually push its way up to your head. The power of this point is the mixture of that found at the navel (point no. 3), the coccyx body (point no. 4) and the harmony of the kidney power (point no. 5).
The sixth energy center is located between the adrenal glands (T-11), opposite the solar plexus on the spine. The adrenals stimulate the inner part of the medulla in the brain, which prepares the organism for fight or flight. The outer part, the cortex, governs sodium balance and is involved in blood sugar level. Those who have diabetes may find that concentration on this point will help them to lower their blood sugar level. Allergy sufferers may also find relief by concentrating here.
Ching-Chi, the main energy source of our practice, is ultimately transformed into spiritual energy. We all have Chi from the time we are conceived. The Taoist teaches us that life force or Chi begins as the energy you derive from the food you eat and the air you breathe. In Taoist practice, you draw on many different sources of energy, which reside in different energy centers in the body, such as the heart, adrenals, prostate, pineal and the pituitary. There is yet another kind of energy that we absorb from the solar system, mix and transform in our body, which produces still another kind of Chi in a process called Alchemy.
Abdominal and reverse breathing are caused by the up and down movement of the thoracic diaphragm. (Fig. 2.1 (a) and (b)) During abdominal breathing, the diaphragm lowers and forces the vital organs, especially the adrenal glands, to compress downward, allowing the lower lobes of the lungs to fill with air, and forcing the abdomen to protrude. The chest and the sternum sink, which presses and activates the thymus gland. Upon exhalation, the stomach returns to a flatter shape and the other vital organs return to their original size and shape. In reverse breathing, on inhalation Fig. 2.3 When the diaphragm presses down on the adrenal glands, the sternum sinks. This activates the thymus gland. Diaphragm Adrenal Glands Fig. 2.3 When the diaphragm presses down on the adrenal glands, the sternum sinks. This activates the thymus gland. Diaphragm Adrenal Glands (3) Inhale about ten percent while contracting the pelvic and urogenital diaphragms. (Fig. 2.8 (e)) Pull up the sexual organs and...
The yin and yang are the negative and positive electric forces in the universe. The heart produces impulses (the yang electric) and the adrenal glands produce the adrenal hormone to stimulate the heart to beat. Of all the hormones inside us, this is the one that gives the vital force to our life.
This exercise is good for the muscles of your lower back and legs and for stretching your spine. It is also beneficial for the internal organs of your lower abdomen. The movements of your waist actually bring every tissue and organ of your abdomen into play. The whole exercise strengthens your kidneys, your adrenal glands, and the arteries, veins, and nerves associated with them. Since your kidneys play a vital role in regulating the water metabolism of your entire body, this exercise helps maintain a healthy balance in your internal environment. CAUTION Do not practise this Ba Duan Jin exercise when pregnant.
During moments of fear, adrenaline (stress hormones released from the adrenal glands) floods the bloodstream, in preparation for 'fight-or-flight'. This makes the body perform better, stronger, and faster, and even blocks pain receptors in the brain. The more demanding the situation, the more adrenaline is accumulated and released, the greater the performance output, and the harder it is to control.
Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) is said to be the origin of physical stamina and of qi energy. When human beings and animals experience stress, the protein POMC is produced in the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland (Figure 15-2). It is then broken down by enzymes into three kinds of small-scale proteins beta-endorphins, adrenocorti-cotrophic hormone (ACTH), and the adrenocortical growth-factor. ACTH stimulates the adrenal cortex, resulting in the secretion of adrenocortial hormone, which alleviates physical stress caused by inflammation, allergies, and the like. Beta-endorphins act against mental stress through their painkilling properties, while also evoking pleasant sensations. Adrenocortial growth-factor supports ACTH in its work of stimulating the adrenal glands. It ensures that we have a mechanism in the brain to overcome stress and to gain additional endurance and qi energy as needed.
Routes in the whole body must be opened. When they have all been opened, the life force energy chi can freely flow through the organism, eliminating the side effects which might otherwise be caused by the over-stimulation of one gland or another. For example, if the adrenals are overstimulated you cannot sleep, because your pulse rate is alarmingly increased and you feel anxious and alert. If the power flows into the heart energy center and there is no means for it to flow out, the heart rate goes up drastically. The pericardium is supposed to function as a cooling system but is unable to do so under such circumstances. Something akin to this can also occur if the energy is not properly guided down along the front portion of the Microcosmic Orbit.
Overactive adrenals kidneys often cause hypertension. Clean out the solar plexus first, because the adrenals (T11) are connected to it. The adrenal glands produce adrenaline, the hormone that stimulates the heart to pump. Overactive adrenal glands will eventually affect the heart. Tune-up the Door of Life with blue, calming it. Take the pressure from the heart, use green. Energize the heart, use violet. Flush down from head to feet with blue
The basic chakra has four petals and contains red and orange pranas. The red prana from the basic chakra is used for energizing and strengthening the entire visible physical body-muscles, bones, blood, adrenal glands, sex organs, internal organs, general vitality, body heat and the growth rate of children. Malfunctioning of this chakra may manifest as allergy, low vitality, cancer, sexual ailment, growth problem and also psychological disorders. The meng mein chakra has eight petals and contains orange, yellow and orange-red pranas. The meng mein chakra controls and energizes the kidneys, adrenal glands, and to a certain extent, other internal organs. It acts as a pumping station for the red pranic energy from the basic chakra and is responsible for the upward flow of pranic energy in the spine.
Within Chinese Medicine the body is viewed as an integrated set of functions and relationships. Organs are defined by their activity and not by their physical structure as they are in the West. The Chinese have no traditional system of anatomy. Hence traditional Chinese medicine does not recognise many of the organs and glands (e.g. pancreas or adrenal glands) that are fundamental to Western medicine. On the other hand the West, because it has no tradition of interpreting the flow of energy within the body, does not recognise some of the organs of Chinese medicine (e.g. the Triple Burner) or even what Chinese medicine would regard as the fundamental substances of the body (l.e. Jlng, Qi, Shen).
When Chi energy is brought to the adrenal energy center (the T-11 point, located at the top of the kidneys at the point of the adrenal gland, or at the bottom edge of the rib cage at the spine) and packed in the kidney area, it is necessary to lean forward and thrust the T-11 area back. To feel this on the wall, simply keep the T-11 area firmly pressed against the wall and round the rest of the spine above this point away from the wall, while maintaining the other alignment principles. By practicing against the wall in this way, it is possible to feel this thrust very strongly, as when practicing with a partner pushing at that point.
T-11, or the eleventh thoracic vertebra (the point of the adrenal gland and the kidneys), is regarded by the Taoist as a pump which aids in moving the energy to the upper body. Assume the position for Embracing the Tree, and pack with Chi as described. Your partner then pushes his fist against T-11 as you press back with that area of the spine. The work is done by the spine, not by the whole body. (Fig. 3.71) Do not lean towards your partner.
1) Basic or Root Chakra This chakra is located at the base of the spine or at the coccyx area. It energizes and strengthens the whole body and is responsible for your physical well-being. It energizes and affects the nearby organs and it also controls the adrenal glands. People with a highly activated basic chakra tend to be robust and healthy, while those who have less active basic chakras tend to be fragile and weak.
(2) When you feel Chi in the sacrum, inhale ten percent and pull the Chi up to T-11, tilting the T-11 (the adrenal glands, Chi-Chung, CO-6) back. (Fig. 3.51(a)) This will push the lower back and straighten the curve. Again, use the wall as a guide. Do not force your spine, but gently ease it until you feel the spine becoming straight. This will open the Door of Life Center (Lumbar 2 and Lumbar 3) opposite the navel. The pumping action will increase as the spine straightens, pulling like a pipe or bow and the Chi will flow easily as if through a straight pipe. With the lower back pushed and the curve straightened, you will be stretching the psoas muscle very strongly. This will help to strengthen the lower back tremendously Connect the sacrum and the C-7 into one pipe or a bow. Bring the Chi to T-11, concentrating at this center, and circle the Chi outward clockwise to a distance of three inches. Do this nine times and then circle back nine times down to that center in a...