By Brendan Thorson, LMP 1/25/2012,
This article is published in the 2013 Summer issue of the Qi-Journal Magazine
Would you like to feel energetic and youthful like you did 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago? Regardless of age—20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s… many us have experienced a significant loss of vitality from what we had 5, 10 or more years ago and have accepted our current situation as a natural result of the aging process. Modern medicine and science has found many health issues related to imbalanced hormone levels like reduced stamina, loss of mental clarity, depression, irritability, Arthritis, Fatigue, anxiety, weight gain, shortened life span, and insomnia/poor-sleep. Modern medicine uses Hormone Replacement Therapy they prescribe for low hormone levels, but it does not work as effectively as that naturally made by the human body and also has many side affects—to learn for yourself Google hormone replacement therapy side affects. The Ancient Taoist’s Masters like modern day scientists believed the Endocrine system is the fountain of youth, but unlike today’s scientists they learned how to naturally keep the endocrine system balanced and vibrant. If you would like to take control of your health and find your personal fountain of youth or to restore your tired body and mind then look no further than Yi Ren Qigong to connect to the Ancient Taoists Masters Secret Teachings for improved energy, health and upgrading your Endocrine System.
The Yi Ren Healthy Qigong system is a novel Qigong System designed by Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, to activate, nourish, upgrade and rebalance the energy levels of all the major energy centers, chakras, acupuncture pathways, organs and Endocrine System and Glands. As a result, of the energetic development that takes place from the Yi Ren Qigong practice practitioners are able to recharge and restore vitality to the endocrine glands and then they naturally begin to function at a more youthful level and upgrade their hormone production and release.
For someone who has never done this kind of work before it might be difficult to understand how it is possible to bring energy to areas like the Endocrine Glands. Thus, for now I will use an analogy to bridge the gap for you. In our bodies we all have energy roads–commonly known as acupuncture pathways that the energy travels on to circulate throughout the body that go to specific locations in our body like an endocrine gland, organs, chakras… (Similar to Americas Energy system that transfers energy from a power source (to the power lines) throughout the energy grid to any location it can reach; i.e.. from a power source to a city and then to your home). If you are alive whether you know it or not you are connected to the energy matrix of the Universe—just like most homes are connected to the energy grid so you can get energy to your home whenever you turn on your computer, microwave oven or anything else you want to power up. Therefore, a Yi Ren Qigong practitioner who has developed his or her skills, energy source and acupuncture pathways, is able to bring energy to anywhere in his or her body—like a gland or organ–to upgrade organ systems, energy levels and functionality of the specific area of the body.
To continue with our analogy let’s say the wiring system in your home (acupuncture pathways) is not working correctly and the power reaching your microwave is lower than it should be so it is working poorly, at a lower level than it was created too. As a result, you have an electrician fix the wiring in your home. After fixing the wiring system you can now get the appropriate amount of energy to your microwave and it will work like it was designed to. (Until one actually does this training and has his own personal experience he will not be able to truly understand). To summarize, Yi Ren Qigong can help you to create and or enhance your energy source/s, teach you to become your personal electrician of your internal energy system and allow you to guide as much energy to your electronics—endocrine glands and organs–as necessary.
We can also, develop ourselves kind of like a plant having the ability to absorb energy from the Sun and Water to nourish (recharge) the body. Like tuning up a car engine so that it runs smoother, we can also tune up areas of the body to increase the body’s overall performance.
Some experts estimate there are 59 million Americans with Thyroid problems and most people do not know they have an imbalance or problem.1 Most people with Thyroid problems or other endocrine problems are not detected because doctors commonly do not think a patient’s list of complaints are related to the Thyroid. Therefore, commonly the doctor does not test for it and even when it is tested for, commonly the test results show that the patient is in normal range. This is the same for Adrenal tests too, “Conventional endocrinologists and tests cannot diagnose adrenal fatigue, because they are prepared only to diagnose extreme dysfunction in the adrenals, such as Addison’s disease, a potentially fatal condition where the adrenals essentially shut down.”2 Also, from my understanding Western Medicine tests are not sensitive enough to find someone with organ weaknesses until the organ is running at or below 10% of its optimum level. Not good.
“The thyroid hormones control your metabolism, which is the body’s ability to break down food and store it as energy and the ability to break down food into waste products with a release of energy in the process.”3 Fatigue is the highest complaint of people suffering from Thyroid issues including depression, anxiety, poor sleep, weight issues, and joint and muscle issues too.1 Before I began learning Yi Ren Qigong I am sure I had Thyroid issues. In fact, after I began Yi Ren Qigong I often began to feel my Thyroid pulsate and vibrate, some thing I had never felt before studying Yi Ren Qigong, this was evidence to me that my thyroid was weak and was in the process of improving its vitality. Based on many previous experiences I had with Yi Ren Qigong I learned that it is common to feel areas of the body pulsate or vibrate while new energy is digested or upgrading the related body part; therefore, when I began to feel my Thyroid pulsate and vibrate I was excited because I knew my thyroid was in the process of healing itself. Over the past 12+ years as I have continued to improve my health and energy levels with Yi Ren Qigong and I have also experienced a direct correlation to my thyroid getting stronger. In fact, it is very easy for me to use my intention to bring my awareness directly to my thyroid and feel it pulsate and feel hot too—similar to one bringing their attention to their hand/s, but because of my training I am able to bring my attention to my thyroid and energize it.
Adrenal exhaustion commonly accompanies Thyroid problems.2 The Adrenal glands are famous for their role in helping us deal with stress. “The main hormones of the stress response are adrenalin (epinephrine) and cortisol. When a person responds to any long-term stressful situation, they first ramp up production of epinephrine, then cortisol to deal with that life challenge, whether illness, family issues, job stress, or physical or emotional trauma. If the stress continues these hormonal changes are hard to undo”.4 “Elevated cortisol levels have been linked to all major chronic illnesses of our society: heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, and premature aging.”4
In acute cases of stress, like an accident or when the body believes it is a life or death situation the body will release adrenalin to ensure survival. “If stress continues, the adrenal glands produce cortisol within ten minutes to raise blood sugar and insulin levels, move blood to muscles and away from digestion, lower levels of sex hormones and break down protein stores for energy.” Continued stress eventually leads to the Maladapted stage, in which the body starts to break down from the effects of elevated cortisol.” “Cortisol imbalance can lead to fatigue, weight gain, immune suppression, and susceptibility to colds and flu, joint pains, mood swings, anxiety, depression, insomnia and digestive symptoms”. Prior to learning Yi Ren Qigong I suffered for years from fatigue, joint pains, anxieties, mild depressions, terrible sleep and I would catch a cold or a flu almost every week, as soon as I would get over one cold flu or sinus issue I would catch another one. It was a very frustrating part of my life; however, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise since it led me to find Yi Ren Qigong, the greatest blessing of my life.4
In today’s faced-paced world, many people deal with stress on a daily basis. This fast-paced lifestyle can include stress from driving, work, family and relationships. This type of hectic lifestyle has the potential to trigger the Adrenals, which release the hormones of Adrenalin and Cortisol to deal with the stress. However, although these hormones may be beneficial in dealing with a stressful situation, after a person reaches a certain point based on his or her body’s capacity, the body is unable to reset itself to an unstressed state, even after the stressful situation has long since passed.4
I use to easily feel stressed and on edge, but after Yi Ren Qigong training, I can handle a much greater amount of stress than I use to be able to (the capacity to handle greater amounts of stress is common benefit I hear from Yi Ren Qigong students). In my introductory classes and the first class of the level-One series we focus on resetting the Adrenal Glands so one can begin to get out of the heightened state of being constantly amped up.
Reproductive hormone imbalances are also a major cause of fatigue, weakness and an assortment of other energy weaknesses and imbalances.5 Women have two endocrine glands called ovaries while men have two endocrine glands called testes.
Estrogen and progesterone are the two main female hormones created in the ovaries and they are responsible for puberty, when a girl develops to a women, and for maintaining her female characterists. While for men, testosterone is the key ingredient responsible for the transformation of a boy to a man and maintaining his male characterists.3
If a women’s estrogen or progesterone levels become unbalanced a number of issues can arise related to the hormone imbalances. Below is a list of General signs and symptoms of Female Hormonal Imbalances:
- Changes in menstruation
- Basal body temperature
- Oily skin
- Excessive hair growth
- Allergy symptoms
- Low sex drive
- Weight Gain
- Water Retention
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Urinary Tract Infections
Men also have numerous signs and symptoms related to imbalanced testosterone levels.
- Bone loss
- Decreased Mental Clarity, Muscular strength, Stamina, Urine Flow
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Hot Flashes
- Increased Abdominal Fat
- Increased Urge to urinate
- Low Sex Drive
- Mood Swings
- Night Sweats
- Poor concentration
- Sleep Disturbances
You can see that for both men and women, there are many different types of signs and symptoms related to reproductive hormonal imbalances. Prior to studying Yi Ren Qigong, I personally lived with a number of the above symptoms for men, all of which have been cured by this practice. I have also spoken to umpteen male and female students who have testified that Yi Ren Qigong has completely healed or significantly improved a tremendous amount of their problems related to reproductive hormone imbalances.
Based on my understanding of Chinese Medicine, all of the above signs and symptoms are related to low energy levels and internal energy imbalances within the organ systems.
As many people have today, I had an extremely imbalanced and disorganized energy system. This can cause a number of different health complaints and symptoms. For most people, when they have numerous health problems it can be come overwhelming and disempowering. One of the most important things Yi Ren Qigong addresses is healing the root of the health problem/s. Once the root of the problem is fixed, then the symptoms naturally disappear. Simultaneously, the body can address curing wounded self confidence and empower people to let go of negative emotions. These emotions are often built up from lifestyle and the health issues. This can cause a person to become disempowered and frustrated with his life and health. In order to truly heal yourself, you also need to address all of the negative internal emotions. Negative internal emotions and internal conflicts cause the body to constantly leak energies and run at low vibration levels.
In closing, if you want to balance your hormones and improve your energy levels, Yi Ren Qigong can help you accomplish your goals. In addition, Yi Ren Qigong can assist you in learning to understand yourself better. This is possible, because this practice helps you connect and integrate your mind-body-soul. You may be as strong as an Ox and not have any health issues, but you can still use Yi Ren Qigong to transform yourself to higher levels of internal peace and happiness. Ideally it is best to stay as healthy as possible and not ever allow your body/mind to get a disease. Yi Ren Qigong can help you to understand the depths of yourself beyond what most people assume is possible and from that information you can begin to learn how to live in a way that will allow you to avoid burning yourself out. A quote Ben Franklin is credited with “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. The Tao of health can bring you health, vitality and longevity.
1. “Top 10 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Problem:
Millions of People Have Undiagnosed Thyroid Conditions.” 2009. Mary Shomon
2. “Adrenal Fatigue / Adrenal Exhaustion” 2003. Mary Shomon
3. ”The Endocrine System: Endocrine Glands & Types of Hormones.” 2012. http://www.hormone.org/Endo101/page2.cfm 23 Jan. 2012
4. Charles A. Moss MD Power of the Five Elements. North Atlantic Books. Berkley, CA: 2010
5. “Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance” © 2012 ZRT Laboratory
6. “Hormonal Imbalances.” 2012
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