The contents of this article is not to be considered as medical advice. This information is based on yogic and energy healing viewpoints. If you have a serious medical condition, you should consult with a doctor.
The endocrine glands produce hormones to help the body function optimally. The glands work with the nervous system, the endocrine system, the chakra system, other glands and the organs.
The Pancreas is a gland organ. As an organ, it plays a role in the digestive system by secreting pancreatic fluid to digest fat, carbohydrates and proteins. As a gland, it regulates blood sugar and absorption. The Pancreas also creates insulin and glucagon, which balance the glucose levels in the body.
The Pancreas is associated with the Third Chakra. The third chakra has to do with our own personal power. It is where we learn to have a strong sense of ourselves and “come into our own”. When the third chakra is weak, we use power from a place of insecurity and relate to the world from our ego. It is believed by some that the projections of the ego are influenced by the Pancreas. When the ego is challenged, a person can unconsciously crave foods such as refined sugars or white flour, which cause spikes in blood sugar, that can help to numb a person from their higher consciousness.
In Chinese Medicine, the Pancreas is associated to the Spleen, thus they share very similar qualities. Many of the emotions associated with the Spleen-Pancreas revolve around: grief, victimization, breaking up, disappointments, fear of death, self-destructive tendencies, etc.
Energetically, the Pancreas has to do with the ability to allow “sweetness” into our lives. Love and gratitude are the sweetness of life. It is believed that when the energy in the Pancreas is weak, people have trouble receiving love and also don’t believe they are worthy of love. When a person cannot allow love in, they can grow bitter over time. They can feel like life is passing them by. Practicing gratitude can go a long way in healing bitterness and allowing sweetness into one’s life.
Great foods for the Pancreas that Yogi Bhajan recommended for the Pancreas include: Buckwheat, turmeric and Mung beans & rice. For more information about healing diets, check out Yogi Bhajan’s Foods for Health and Healing.
Here are a few great yoga sets and meditation to try with when working with the Pancreas:
“Strengthen the Immune System II” or “Self Renewal” in Physical Wisdom.
“Breath to Conquer Time, Space and Destiny” or “Purifying the Lungs” in Praana Praanee Praanayam
Experience Your Own Strength in Transformation Vol 1. You can use Anahata Choir’s “Har Har Gobinde,” Snatam Kaur’s “Tantric Har” and Mirabai Ceiba’s “Ardas Bhaee.”