Transforming Thyroid and Adrenal Fatigue with Yi Ren® Qigong
By Brendan Thorson 3/25/2012,
Thyroid and Adrenal Fatigue is a serious health problem significantly compromising the life quality of millions of Americans and people throughout the world. It is estimated that 59 million Americans suffer from Thyroid issues and many of them are not aware of it.1 Adrenal Fatigue is a stress syndrome caused in large part by the modern man’s faced paced stressful lifestyle.2 As a result, It is estimated that Adrenal Fatigue will affect 80% of Americans at one point in their life.2
Scientists’ have found a clear connection between excess Stress compromising both the Adrenal and Thyroid Glands and compromised Adrenal glands further compromising the Thyroid function.3 The Ancient Taoist Masters who created Chinese Medicine understood the true internal medicine (natural internal energy flows/ patterns), the root of these diseases and the appropriate steps necessary to regain health and vitality. Yi Ren Qigong can connect one to the Ancient Taoists Masters Energy Medicine for true internal healing and upgrades of the vital energies, organs and glands to assist one to regain a higher quality of life.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
- Energy crashes at different points of day
- Sugar/salt cravings
- Poor appetite in the mornings
- Sensitivity to loud noises
- Disturbed sleep
- Hypoglycemic episodes
- Frequent colds/infections
- Palpitations/chest pains
- Thin, brittle nails
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Eyebrow hair thinning
- Persistent fatigue
- Under-reactive to stimuli
- Intolerant of heat
- Low energy
- Cold hands
- Low body temperature
- Weight gain
- Sluggish digestion.4
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”.5 “Elevated cortisol levels have been linked to all major chronic illnesses of our society: heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, and premature aging.”5
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.5
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.5
In the Yi Ren Qigong training we begin by Resetting the Adrenal Glands by activating the Kidneys/ Life Gate Center. This resetting relaxes the Adrenals and the stress response of the Adrenals so one can feel more relaxed. While simultaneously empowering the Life Gate/ Kidney Center to improve internal energy levels and stress capacity. With continued practice we build up the Kidney energies to higher and higher levels—allowing one to enhance their internal energies and become more grounded—further strengthening one’s stress capacity.
Yesterday, Sunday 3/25/2012 I had an introductory class at East West Bookshop in Seattle, WA. The title of the class was Thyroid and Adrenal Fatigue. There were 7 new students at the class that all said they had Thyroid and or Adrenal issues. I was delighted to hear from all the students that after we activated the Life-Gate/Kidney center they all felt a big energy transformation occur in themselves–the common words I heard from them were I feel great, more relaxed, peaceful feeling and energized at the same time. Also, 6 of the 7 students felt a very clear and significant energy feelings between their hands and arms (palpable–magnetic or taffy like feelings) during the Energy Field Construction Exercise and the 1-student who did not clearly feel the energy between her hands said she felt a tingling sensation on her hands and throughout her whole body–a clear indication her energy system was getting energized. I was very happy the participants had a good experience and now personally know that Yi Ren Qigong can transform their life and health if they choose to pursue the training. I also shared with them that in some situations (if someone’s energy levels are really low) they could truly benefit from one or more Qigong healing sessions, in addition to the classes, which from my experience significantly helps one to more quickly upgrade their internal energies (stabilize their Internal Battery).
“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.”6 Fatigue is the highest complaint of people suffering from Thyroid issues including depression, anxiety, poor sleep, weight issues, and joint and muscle issues too.7
The Adrenals and Thyroid:
“There is an intrinsic relationship between thyroid function and adrenal function. The adrenal glands are largely under control of the sympathetic nervous system. The thyroid is strongly influenced by the parasympathetic nervous system. Often it is the case that someone with hypothyroidism is in a parasympathetic-dominant state, which means the sympathetic nervous system is weaker.”3
“A deeper look at adrenal, hypothalamus and thyroid relationships shows how weakened or burned out adrenal glands will cause a cascade of problems for thyroid functioning.”3
As one continues with the Yi Ren Qigong training going through all of the core classes levels 1-3 we activate and energize the complete internal enrgy network (all of the major energy centers, chakras, organs, glands, Brain, Nervous system and internal energy pathways. Thus, we are able to upgrade all of our vital internal energies, organs—organ systems, and glands—endocrine systems. Then with further development and practice one will gradually improve all of their internal energies including their Adrenals and Thyroid glands and all their supporting and complimentary energies. In addition, someone with Thyroid and or Adrenal Fatigue will be able to create their own personalized exercise program to bring them to greater internal energy, balance and health.
Lifestyle, Personal Awareness and Health:
In addition, usually one ends up with problems like Thyroid or Adrenal issues because their lifestyle, foods, thoughts–emotional health, were not in harmony with their body. Internal conflicts and many lifestyle choices people make can cause one to drain their internal energies. Yi Ren Qigong practitioners begin to develop a greater connection between their mind and body. Thus, with time one increases their internal awareness which allows one to be able to see how the choices they make with their lifestyle, foods, thoughts… truly effect them positively or negatively. As a result, with time one is able to make changes to their life that can be a major factor in helping one to achieve better energy levels and harmony in their life.
In conclusion, Yi Ren Qigong can help one overcome Adrenals and Thyroid fatigue by allowing and supporting one to improve all of their internal energies to give them an opportunity to dramatically improve their quality of life. I know from my own personal experience that this training can help one to transform their health and life potentially back to the internal balance one normally has as a child. If you want to overcome your Adrenal and Thyroid issues this may be the best choice to help you truly regain balanced health.
For more information on hormones and Yi Ren Qigong please visit Balancing Hormones for Improved Energy
5. Charles A. Moss MD Power of the Five Elements. North Atlantic Books. Berkley, CA: 2010
6. ”The Endocrine System: Endocrine Glands & Types of Hormones.” 2012. http://www.hormone.org/Endo101/page2.cfm 23 Jan. 2012
7. “Top 10 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Problem:
Millions of People Have Undiagnosed Thyroid Conditions.” 2009. Mary Shomon
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