Empower Your Adrenal Glands To Treat Pain With Traditional Indian Healing
The endocrine system is a collection of glands that include the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, pancreas, adrenal and reproductive glands. These glands work in harmony to manufacture and secrete the vital hormones that influence almost every cell, tissue, organ, system and function within the body to maintain the equilibrium essential for life and good health.
The adrenal glands are powerful little organs located at the top of each kidney. They produce a variety of hormones and assist in governing blood flow and oxygenation within the body. They work with the nervous system to respond to short or long term stress.
The endocrine glands are interrelated and all work together to mobilize the body’s innate self-healing capacity — the immune system. The glands act as buffers to absorb the negative impact of physical, mental and emotional stress upon the body, to protect it from disharmony and disease.
In times past when life was lived in resonance with nature, our adrenal glands prepared our body for fright, fight or flight. In modern times, as we have unknowingly become detached from nature through breathing impure air, eating unnatural food, drinking chemical laden water, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, using inorganic body and household products, being exposed to environmental and electromagnetic pollution and so forth, our adrenal glands are constantly over stimulated by low level stress, fear and tension.
Traditional Indian energy healers know that the energy systems of the human body operate in harmony with the energy systems of the universe. Ancient methods of healing were based upon cleansing, balancing and strengthening the body’s energies to resonate with the universal energies, so as to instill physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
The stress and strain of modern life affects the vital energy within the adrenal glands. This causes them to become weak and imbalanced and unable to effectively secrete their numerous hormones, govern blood flow and properly oxygenate the cells of the body. The result is an array of symptoms including the accumulation of impurities, excess moisture and inflammation within the tissues, which is experienced as pain.
When you nourish and empower your adrenal glands, you treat the root cause of pain. Try these traditional Indian self-healing practices for adrenal glands.
Mudras are hand gestures that are used to balance the five elements in the body and encourage the natural healing response. Pain-relieving mudras include:
The Rudra Mudra increases the earth element to strengthen the adrenal glands. Place the tip of your thumb, index finger and ring finger together. Relax and extend your middle and little finger. Practice for ten minutes twice a day.
The Prithvi Mudra energizes the root chakra to strengthen the entire endocrine system. Place the tip of your thumb and the tip of your ring finger together. Relax and extend your index, middle and little finger. Practice for ten minutes twice a day.
Traditional Indian Healing Plants
India has a rich history in the holistic use of leaves, barks, roots, seeds and fruits to heal and prevent disease of the body and mind. Each one contains a unique variety of natural chemical compounds that act upon the body to promote well-being in specific ways. You can order these powdered herbs online or at any herbal store; be sure to specify organic for your healing purposes. Mix half a teaspoon of herb powder in a little warm water and drink with meals three times a day.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps your body adapt, most notably, to stress. It is a calming and restorative root, helping you recharge your adrenal glands.
Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), also known as Indian gooseberry or amla, contains a very high level of vitamin C and antioxidants, and is widely used in traditional Indian healing, particularly in strengthening the immune system.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a powerful root and strong antioxidant that contains an active ingredient called curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Tumeric is used in traditional medicines to reduce inflammation and ease the pain of bruises and sprains, as well as alleviate chronic muscular, joint and nerve pain.
Energy Healing Practices
Try out these energy healing techniques for supporting adrenal health to find the one you like best. Then focus on practicing that technique for a couple of minutes twice a day. Over time you might discover that your body changes and a different technique feels more soothing, energizing or healing.
- Firmly massage the fleshy area at the back of each knee using the fingers of both hands. In traditional Indian healing, this area is the pathway through which the bladder energy flows, which is linked to the adrenals. Massaging this area supports the adrenals.
- Firmly massage the inside of each lower leg. Using small circular motions, start around the inner anklebone, continue up the side of the shin and end on the inside of the knee. In traditional Indian healing, this area is a pathway through which the kidney energy flows. Massaging this area also supports the adrenals.
- Firmly massage the base of the middle toe on each foot. The amount of accumulated stress and tension within the body and mind will be reflected by the degree of pain when it’s massaged.
- Massage the webs between your fingers and toes for a few seconds each. These are acupressure points that restore the nervous system.
- If you have a partner available, a gentle massage on either side of the spine, starting at the base of the neck and ending at the lower spine, will stimulate the lymphatic system to flush away stress and pain. Use the thumbs in small circular motions.
Traditional Indian Pain Relieving Remedies
To prepare a pain relieving balm, gently warm three and a half ounces of organic ghee or cold-pressed coconut oil. Add one tablespoon of organic cayenne pepper and mix gently. Pour the mixture into a sterile jar and allow it to cool. Do not refrigerate. Apply liberally to the affected areas to increase circulation and assist in the removal of impurities, cold and excess moisture within the tissues. Avoid contact with the eyes and do not apply to broken skin.
To alleviate severe pain apply a thick paste made from turmeric root powder and warm water to the affected area. Cover with a bandage and leave for twenty four hours. Remove, wash the affected area and re-apply if necessary. Tumeric is a pain-relieving herb.
To alleviate chronic pain, apply red light to the affected area. The sun is comprised of seven colors, each of which possesses a unique energy vibration and healing property. Red is the color associated with healing pain. Hold a red glass up to the sunlight and direct the rays to fall onto the afflicted area, which should be unclothed and free of sunscreen. Keep the body warm and absorb the concentrated red rays for ten minutes twice a day.
To boost circulation, reduce inflammation and relax the body before bedtime take a twenty minute, warm Himalayan pink salt bath.
Self-Massage With Essential Oils
Self-massage with essential oils assists in restoring the endocrine glands, detoxifying the organs, and calming the nervous system to release emotional and physical pain. Essential oils to calm and support the adrenal glands include frankincense, sandalwood and cinnamon. Essential oils to alleviate pain and muscular tension include ginger, turmeric and holy basil.
Gently warm two ounces of organic ghee, jojoba or other carrier oil, add five drops of essential oil and allow them to infuse. Ensure the room is warm and apply the oil mixture to the entire body, starting on the soles of the feet and ending on the head. Allow it to remain on the skin overnight and wash in the morning. Continue daily for up to one month.
If applying a full body massage is not practical, a ten-minute back massage around the kidney area can be effective in restoring the adrenal glands. Infuse half an ounce of ghee or oil with two or three drops of essential oil.
Controlling the breath using different breathing techniques increases the vital energy within the body, improves oxygenation and assists with the detoxification of impurities within the tissues to relieve pain. This breath retention exercise strengthens the adrenal glands, releases stress, invigorates the body and calms the mind. Practice it for several minutes twice a day.
Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Inhale for a mental count of four. Retain your breath for a mental count of four. Exhale for a mental count of four. Pause for a mental count of four. During the retention and pause of breath, do not inhale or exhale. As the lungs strengthen with practice, gradually increase the mental count to twelve.
The Om Mantra
Chanting ancient sounds stimulates the body’s innate healing abilities by regulating energies to instill inner peace and harmony. The traditional om mantra assists in regulating the nervous and endocrine system.
Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Inhale deeply through your nose and retain your breath for a few seconds. As you exhale through your mouth, chant the sound “om” in one long out-breath, separating the sound into three distinct parts. Start the sound loudly as an “aahh” at your solar plexus. Raise the sound into your chest more gently as an “auhh,” and end quietly as an “mmm” at your throat. (One chant may take up to thirty seconds, depending on your lung capacity). Practice for several minutes twice a day.
Earth’s natural stones can assist in healing the body by removing negative energy and raising the body’s vibration. Stones can be taped or held to the area on the middle back, close to the adrenal glands or on the area of pain.
Rose quartz supports the adrenal glands by balancing the emotions to relieve fear and anxiety.
Amethyst strengthens the adrenal glands to relieve chronic arthritic and rheumatic pain.
Garnet nourishes the adrenal glands to relieve pre-menstrual and lower back pain.
Black tourmaline empowers the adrenal glands to relieve stress and fatigue.
Indian Yoga Asanas
Regular practice of yoga asanas (postures) detoxifies and regulates the endocrine glands, soothes the nervous system, increases cell oxygenation and strengthens the body’s stress response to alleviate chronic pain.
Salabhasana (Locust Pose) tones the adrenal glands by increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the flexed back. It also stimulates the solar plexus chakra which is linked to the adrenal glands and pancreas. Lie down on your abdomen with your forehead touching the floor. Stretch your legs and rest your arms by your sides. Inhale and lift your chest and legs away from the floor. If you can’t lift both legs at the same time, alternate raising one leg at a time. Bring your awareness to your breathing as you relax in the posture, and then let it all go. Repeat.
Viparita Karani (Upside Down Seal Pose) is a restorative pose that allows the adrenal glands to rest and recharge. Lie on your back with your hips close to the wall. Rest both legs vertically against the wall. Loosen your shoulders and relax your arms bent at right angles at the elbow. Bring your awareness to your breathing. Close your eyes and relax in the posture for up to twenty minutes in the evening.
Vera Kaur is an author of Sikh Indian origin, who grew up using traditional Indian therapies. In her twenties she lived in ashrams in India where she observed the positive results of the self-healing practices used by traditional energy healers. Her book, Diagnose, Treat and Cure All Dis-ease with Traditional Indian Holistic Therapies, is available at www.verakaur.com.