The hormones are chemical messengers produced by the endocrine glands in minute quantities but eventually affecting every single cell of your body. The secretions of the endocrine glands empty directly into the blood where they find their way to various organs, stimulating or suppressing them, or in some way influencing their activity.
In the Taoist Esoteric System the energy centers do not belong to the physical body at all but are regarded as adjuncts of the "vital body", which are set apart and crystallized to the necessary density in order that it may perform certain special manifestations of this vital body. Each gland has a specific work to perform. When in good health they all work together in perfect harmony. The endocrine glands are of special interest to the students of Taoism in relation to the circulation of the Microcosmic Orbit. In order to explain some of the energy centers in terms of modern anatomy, one has to look to the endocrine glands for correlation. The correlations may or may not be right, but that is the best that one can hypothesize at this stage of the art.
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