The endocrine system is part of the body's main control mechanism, comprising of a number of ductless glands that produce the hormones your body needs. These hormones, acting as chemical messengers, are secreted into the bloodstream from particular organs to stimulate or inhibit physical processes. By adjusting the hormone levels, the endocrine system works to maintain the body in a state of optimal health.
Influence of your Glands
Unsurprisingly, the positions of the Chakras correspond to the positions of the glands in the endocrine system and have an effect on their functioning. The link between the Chakras and the glands emphasises the holistic nature of health and demonstrates that you need to maintain a balance in your emotional and mental activities as well as your physical diet and exercise, as they are all deeply interrelated.
Chakra System Imbalances
A variety of health problems may be caused by Chakra imbalances affecting the associated endocrine gland and resulting in illness.
Root Chakra symptoms:
Anorexia, obesity and osteoarthritis
Sacral Chakra symptoms:
Bladder problems and frigidity
Stomach Chakra problems:
Diabetes and digestive problems
Heart Chakra symptoms:
Cancer and high blood pressure
Throat Chakra problems:
Third Eye Chakra problems:
Glaucoma, headaches and neurological problems.
Crown Chakra problems:
Exhaustion and epilepsy
Chakras and Glands
By learning about the associations between Chakras and the glands you can help to diagnose a multitude of illnesses affecting your spiritual and physical wellbeing.
Your Endocrine Glands
At the top of the kidneys are the adrenals that produce several hormones including adrenaline, which stimulates the 'flight, fight or freeze' response and ties directly to the Root Chakra's survival drive.
The ovaries control sexual development and egg creation as well as controlling the levels of oestrogen and progesterone. The potential for life in the ovaries is mirrored in the drives of the Sacral Chakra.
The pancreas secretes substances for the digestion of food, such as insulin. When this Chakra is overstimulated it can cause problems with excess blood sugar, the major cause of diabetes.
The thymus is located above the heart and produces lymphocytes, which form a vital part of the body's immune response. This quality relates the thymus to the healing properties of the Heart Chakra.
On either side of the larynx is the thyrois, producing thyroxine, which controls the rate at which the body converts food into useful energy. This is the area over which the Throat Chakra has dominance.
Third Eye Chakra
Near the base of the skull is the pituitary gland, which releases hormones influencing body chemistry. The spiritual energies of the Third Eye Chakra are reflected in the pituitary's influence on the whole body.
The pineal gland lies deep within the brain and produces melatonin. This hormone affects the other glands in the endocrine system and mirrors the Crown's relationship with the other Chakras.