(Investigator 160, 2015
chakras form part of the philosophy of Ayurvedic medicine and date back
some three thousand years.
invisible vortices that penetrate the body and the body's aura and
through which various energies, including the universal life force, are
received, transformed, and distributed.
are seven major
and several minor ones. The seven majors chakras are associated with
psychic and physiological functions. The first, a major nerve plexus
and a major endocrine gland, is located at the base of the spine. The
second chakra is located in the solar plexus just above the navel and
is the sex centre. The third is a point just below the heart. The
fourth is the heart centre. The throat is associated with the fifth
chakra. The sixth, located behind the brow relates to the mind and the
third eye. And the seventh chakra, or crown chakra, is located on the
top of the head and is associated with the pineal gland.
chakras are connected
each other and throughout the body by channels of subtle energy called
the nadis — a similar concept to the meridians in acupuncture. The
universal life force supposedly enters through the crown of the head
and filters down through the body to the other chakras, each of which
transforms the energy into usable forms for the functions it governs.
imbalance or blockage in
chakra is believed to cause physical dysfunction in the organ or that
part of the body to which it relates.
"health" of chakras is
diagnosed by clairvoyance, by energy scans with the hands, and by
dowsing with a pendulum. The purpose, so it is claimed, is to allow the
Vital Life Energy to flow without restriction throughout the body thus
promoting healing. This is accomplished by professional chakra
balancing practitioners whose methods include crystal and gem therapy,
acupuncture, meditation, sound and colour therapy, visualisations,
breathing and foot reflexology to "open" the chakras.
evidence to support the belief that chakras exist, and therefore, it is
difficult to assent intelligently to the claims associated with them.
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