Chakras: Centers of Energy

Chakras are energy points that, when in balance, enhance vital energy. In turn, this energy ensures greater wellbeing, both physically and mentally. What should we know?
Chakras: Centers of Energy

Last update: 17 May, 2021

In recent years, a wide variety of complementary therapies of Eastern origin, recognized for their ability to promote wellness, have become popular in the West. Although there’s limited evidence on their safety and efficacy, the testimonials of those who’ve tried them have aroused the interest of many patients. With that in mind, we want to talk a little more about chakras and their uses.

According to sources such as Wikipedia, chakras come from Hinduism and refer to immeasurable energy centers located in the body, specifically from the perineum to the aura area above the crown of the head. According to Hindu tradition, there are seven of them and each one has a certain energetic vibration that’s associated with aspects of life and health. Let’s take a closer look.

What are chakras and how do they work?

The 7 chakras.

The term chakra comes from Sanskrit and means “circle” or “disk”. According to Hinduism, chakras are 7 energy centers located in different parts of the human body. They function as “valves” regulating the flow of energy and, depending on their location, vary in their vibratory force and speed.

In India, it’s believed that inhaled air (known as prana energy), travels through the body giving strength to the energy centers. The chakras receive, accumulate, and distribute the prana to optimize the functions of various parts of the body.

For this reason, since ancient times, they’ve been used as a resource within energy medicine, which suggests that they can help improve certain ailments and health problems.

However, although there have been studies on the subject, such as one recently published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine, there’s not enough solid evidence to ensure that they’re useful against diseases.

According to this research, the chakra system is related to the body’s endocrine system. In addition, as already mentioned, it has 7 vital energy centers, which are mainly centered in the spine.

The 7 energy centers in the chakra system

  • Muladhara or root chakra, associated with the adrenal glands.
  • Svadhisthana or sacral chakra, associated with the ovaries in women and the testicles in men.
  • Manipura or solar plexus chakra, associated with the pancreas.
  • Anahata or heart chakra, associated with the thymus.
  • Vishuddha or throat chakra, associated with the thyroid.
  • Ajna or third eye chakra (located between the eyebrows), associated with the pituitary gland.
  • Sahasrara or crown chakra, associated with the pineal gland.

Being producers of energy vortexes, the chakras, when healthy, provide energetic information through which the body’s systems create a global information system, which will influence wellbeing.

However, more research is needed to determine if these types of therapies really help to fight diseases through the subtle energy generated in these points.

What feelings are the chakras associated with?

Despite the lack of evidence, the chakras continue to be highlighted in alternative medicine as an adjuvant against problems related to the glands mentioned above. In addition, according to Hindu and Buddhist texts, they are also associated with certain feelings.

1. Muladhara or root chakra

The Muladhara or root chakra
The Muladhara or root chakra is said to provide feelings of security and protection.
  • Located between the anus and the genitals.
  • The identifying color is red.
  • Its element is earth.
  • Blocked by fear. Therefore, it’s important to let fears show themselves clearly in order to release them.

2. Svadhisthana or sacral chakra

  • Located in the sacrum.
  • Associated with the color orange.
  • Its assigned element is water.
  • Blocked by guilt. Hence, we need to free ourselves from it. And, for this, we need to know how to forgive.

3. Manipura or solar plexus chakra

The manipura or solar plexus chakra.
According to beliefs, having this chakra in balance promotes good digestive health.
  • Located two fingers above the navel.
  • Its color is yellow.
  • Fire is its element.
  • Blocked by shame.

4. Anahata or heart chakra

  • Located in the region of the heart.
  • Its color is green.
  • Its assigned element is air.
  • Blocked by pain.
  • Related to the feelings of the heart.

5. Vishuddha or throat chakra

The vishuddha chakra.
This chakra is related to communication and creativity.
  • Located in the throat region.
  • Corresponds to the color blue.
  • Its element is ether.
  • Related to communication.

6. Ajna or third eye chakra

  • Located between the two eyes.
  • Its color is violet.
  • Associated with intuition and taste.
  • Blocked with illusion.

7. Sahasrara or crown chakra

  • Located at the crown of the head.
  • Corresponds to the color violet or indigo.
  • Blocked by worldly ties.

Chakras to promote wellbeing

Chakras are another resource that oriental medicine gives us as a tool to promote wellness. However, given the lack of evidence, it’s important to consider it a therapeutic option and not a first-line treatment against diseases.

Finally, to learn more about its benefits and practice, it’s advisable to seek expert guidance. Often, it’s combined with other healthy therapies, such as yoga, quartz baths, and deep breathing exercises.

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