Getting active and fit after an injury can be tough. But there are certain points in your body that could help you get better, according to holistic medicine. Whether or not you practice yoga or meditation, you have probably heard the word chakra. Defined as a disk or wheel, each individual is thought to have seven primary chakras, also referred to as focal or energy points, located between the crown and spine. Through meditation and practice, the chakras maintain balance and alignment. According to holistic believers, when any of the chakras are blocked a person may experience emotional, physical, or spiritual turmoil. However, skeptics of eastern medicinal practices often question the existence of chakras entirely.
Is there proof that chakras exist?
There are metaphysical theories that state each chakra has its own frequency level, as well as control over certain organs of the body. For instance, this list depicts each chakra, from the crown to the base of the spine, and their corresponding regions:
- 7 – (crown chakra, Sahastrar) controls the areas of the brain including the amygdala, which controls aggression, memory, spirituality, and other emotions.
- 6 – (brow chakra, Ajna) presides over the pituitary or growth gland and facial regions, as well as an individual’s intuition and reasoning.
- 5 – (throat chakra, Visuddha) dominates the thyroid gland and fosters an individual’s creativity and ability to communicate or voice opinions.
- 4 – (heart chakra, Anahata) controls the heart or thymus region and governs compassion, forgiveness, as well as the love of others and oneself.
- 3 – (solar plexus chakra, Manipura) reigns over the pancreas, liver, intestines, and similar organs, but also the ego, self-esteem, and temperament.
- 2 – (sacral chakra, Svadisthana) presides over the reproductive system and kidneys, as well as feelings of intimacy, sensuality, and an overall connection with others.
- 1 – (root chakra, Muladhara) rules the legs, hips, and lower back region, and dictates an individual’s feelings of safety and security.
Although many condone the use of chakra balancing as a method of healing both the body and the spirit, the topic is still debatable as to whether scientists believe they exist. However, many studies have linked that thoughts and emotions play an integral role in the physical health of the individual, and that controlled breathing contributes to positive brain functions and total health. Additionally, the spiritual aspect of chakras is going to be critical to many people. While there might not be a lot of scientific evidence, the important part is the way people are engaging with meaning and purpose in life, which may cultivate in a making a connection with something bigger than other individuals. This can be particularly useful for people who are trying to recover from addiction, trauma, or abuse. Regardless of tangible evidence for chakras, practicing meditation and yoga are certain to make you feel healthier.