Hormones are in the medical news spotlight and have been the subject of bestselling books about health. But what are they? Hormones are secreted by the endocrine glands. Hormones are how the body talks to itself and how the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, ovaries, testes, islets of Langerhans, thymus, pineal, and placenta communicate. These are glands of internal secretion, better known as ductless glands, and hormones are how they speak to each other. Hormones are catalysts that govern your energy levels, health, and rate of aging.
Ancient Qigong masters somehow knew thousands of years ago what has recently been discovered by science—that the essence of the body’s vital force is stored in the lower abdomen and glandular system. This includes the kidneys as well as the adrenals, which fit like a cap on top of them.
The ancients targeted the kidney complex, which includes the adrenal glands along with the testes and ovaries, which secrete both male and female hormones. The adrenals, by their production of corticoids, control metabolism of foods, fluids, and electrolytes. Electrolytes are what allow for electrochemical signals to be transported over the surfaces of the cell membranes. This electromagnetic pulse has been identified in part as qi.
The stronger the flow of qi, the healthier the metabolism. What these masters found out was that if the testicles or ovaries were stimulated, hormonal secretion would increase, and lean muscle mass and fat burning would increase as well. The testes produce testosterone and the ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone. The latter two promote the development of the breasts and the vagina, as well as influencing a woman’s menstrual period.
The electromagnetic pulse also stimulates the islets of Langerhans to secrete insulin for normal carbohydrate and fat metabolism, while at the same time regulating blood sugar. Qi gong masters also are able to move qi into and around the inner portion of the brain, affecting the health of both the pineal and pituitary glands.
During still meditation, the pituitary gland releases human growth hormone.Growth hormone also controls the metabolism of proteins,carbohydrates, and fats. It increases the rate at which proteins are deposited in the body tissues and the rate of fat removal. It additionally regulates blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. It’s considered the master hormone, or the umbrella which under all other hormones function.
What both qi gong and modern medical science observe is that once the physical body reaches maturity, hormone levels dramatically drop. Thus, two approaches emerge: hormone replacement therapy and self-induced internal stimulation. One requires something from the outside, while the other requires something from the inside. Traditional Chinese Medicine takes the second approach. As stated in the Chinese “Classic on Medical Problems,” “Qi is the root of the human body; the stem and leaves would dry up without a root.” In other words, the glands and organs would degenerate without a steady flow of vital life force or Qi.
The practice of Qigong has been proven to dramatically improve glandular health and balance hormone production. Hormonal balance requires informational feedback from the brain’s neurotransmitters. Interestingly, science has just discovered what qi gong masters have long been saying—that the gut or lower dan tian also transmits this information. This area of the lower abdomen is now referred to as the “Enteric Nervous System.” Qi gong calls this highly electrically conductive area the dan tian or second brain. We now know this area not only stores electromagnetic signals, but also manufactures neurotransmitters as well as the sleep hormone melatonin.
Amazingly, science is discovering the hormonal magic of Qigong. If you’ve been practicing this ancient art, you’ve already tasted the magic. If not, might it be worth your time to give it a try?