The Endocrine System
This system one of the body’s major control systems. It is composed of a group of ductless glands that produce hormones into the bloodstream that in turn distributes them to the whole body. Hormones are chemical messengers that play a crucial roles in maintaining homeostasis (constant internal environment).
The figure below shows the location and brief function of the endocrine system glands:
Yet, since this image doesn’t show the pineal gland, the figure below illustrates its position in comparison to the pituitary gland:
How Chakras and Glands Work Together
Disturbances in the energy flow of the Chakras translate into physical drawbacks in their corresponding glands and organs. Here, it is important to remember that Chakras function like a pendulum. All 7 Chakras should be aligned and in harmony. Yet, when one of them becomes under- or over-active, “out of rhythm” signs will manifest themselves on a physical, mental, and spiritual level.
Accordingly, when we are physically in balance, the endocrine system functions optimally. Yet, when this balance is altered due to stress or illnesses, our Chakras get blocked leading to under- or over-production of specific hormones that have a divers effects on the body, mind, and soul.
One key link between the spiritual and physical manifestations of Chakras is their position with respect to the glands of the endocrine system.
The figure below illustrates what gland each Chakra is associated with:
Function: It is the center of physical energy and self-preservation.
Issues linked with it: security and survival.
Diseases linked with it: anorexia, obesity, osteoarthritis, auto-immune diseases, arthritis, cancer, AIDS, fatigue, kidney, spinal column.
Activity: If this Chakra is open, you feel stable, secure, grounded to earth, and connected to your physical body. If it is under-active, you feel fearful, nervous, and unwelcome. If it is over-active, you become greedy and resist changes.
Gland: The Root Chakra is associated with the adrenal glands that are situated above the kidneys. They produce several hormones that help control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stress, and regulate blood pressure. Among these hormones is adrenaline that stimulates the “fight or flight” response upon danger/stress which ties it directly to the survival drive of the Root Chakra.
Function: It is the center of feeling and sexuality.
Issues linked with it: physical and material desires.
Diseases linked with it: bladder problems, frigidity, gall and kidney stones, reproductive organs, vaginal cancer, prostate cancer, pelvic disease
Activity: When this Chakra is open, your feelings flow freely. If it is under-active, you would be stiff and unemotional . If it is over-active, you would be too emotional and very sexual.
Gland: The reproductive glands are associated with this Chakra. The ovaries (female reproductive organs) control sexual development and ovule/egg production through the production of the female hormones. While the testes (male reproductive organs) produce sperms and also control sexual development through hormones. The life-bearing potential carried by the female ovaries is tied to the Sacral Chakra life-drives.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Function: It is the center of self-assertion.
Issues linked with it: power and control.
Diseases linked with it: diabetes, digestive organ illness, kidney organ illness, hypoglycaemia.
Activity: When this Chakra is open, you feel that you have sufficient self esteem. If it is under-active, you become passive and indecisive. If it is over-active, you become domineering and somewhat aggressive.
Gland: The pancreas is associated with the Solar Plexus. Its main function is to control blood sugar through the secretion of the 2 hormones: insulin and glucagon. The control of this gland levels of the energy levels of the body, comes in close association with the power-drive of this Chakra.
Function: It is the center of compassion and love.
Issues linked with it: Guilt.
Diseases linked with it: cancer, high blood pressure, heart problems, thymus, blood, circulatory system, involuntary muscles.
Activity: When this Chakra is open, you develop friendly and harmonious relationships. If it is under-active, you become cold and distant. If it is over-active, your love may originate from selfish reasons.
Gland: The thymus is closely associated with this Chakra. It is located above the heart (chest bone in particular). It is the site of maturation of T-lymphocytes that are a major part of the body’s adaptive immune response. This healing quality directly links the thymus to the healing properties of the Heart Chakra.
Function: It is the center of communication and thought expression.
Issues linked with it: communication, dishonesty.
Diseases linked with it: asthma, neck problems, lungs, hypoactive thyroid, throat, jaw, alimentary canal, vocal cords.
Activity: When this Chakra is open, you express yourself freely, and possibly in creative ways. If it is under-active, you would be introverted and shy. If it is over-active, you would speak too much and be a bad listener.
Gland: The thyroid gland that is situated on either side of the larynx is associated with the Throat Chakra. It produces the hormone thyroxine that controls the metabolic rate, heart and digestive functions, and muscle control. The thyroid’s position governing the larynx (your voice box) explains its connection to the Chakra of communication and speech.
Function: It is the center of psychic power, higher intuition and light.
Issues linked with it: clairvoyance (6th sense).
Diseases linked with it: glaucoma, headaches, neurological problems, cerebellum, nose, pituitary, central nervous system, left eye.
Activity: When this Chakra is open, you have a good intuition. If it is under-active, you would adopt a rigid way of thinking and rely a lot on beliefs. If it is over-active, you would fantasize a lot and have excessive hallucinations.
Gland: The pineal gland that lies deep within the brain is associate with the Third Eye. It produces melatonin that is crucial for the the body’s circadian (day/night) rhythms. This hormone that controls when you are “asleep” and when you are “awake” is a true reflection of the energy carried by the awakening powers of this Chakra. Strangely enough, the pineal gland also resembles the anatomy of an eye, it even has its own retina! Explains so much, right?
Function: It is the center of enlightenment and oneness.
Issues linked with it: Spiritual Wisdom.
Diseases linked with it: exhaustion, epilepsy, cerebrum, pineal gland, right eye.
Activity: When this Chakra is open, you become unprejudiced and aware of the world and yourself. If it is under-active, you become not aware spiritually. If it is over-active, you become addicted to spirituality and you would ignore your bodily needs.
Gland: The Crown Chakra is in close association with the pituitary gland that is situated at the base of the skull. It is termed the “master gland” since its hormones control and regulate the activity of most other glands and organs. Hence, the spiritual connection allowed by the Crown Chakra is paralleled by the influence of the pituitary on the entire body.
Now that you have gained better insight on the connection between our Chakras and glands, stay tuned and check our coming posts on how to heal the Chakras through physically taking care of your glands in specific, and your body in general.
Ranim Daw, MS in Cell & Molecular Biology
American University of Beirut
March 14, 2017