Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheels” because the 7 chakras of the human body are like energy wheels of colour and light that spin around.
As we know, modern medicine doesn’t consider the 7 chakras of the human body when treating diseases. Perhaps this is a missing key in medical treatments.
This knowledge was first described by the yogic tradition of ancient India. The main chakra system consists of seven energy wheels that spin and spread energy in the environment that surrounds the body. These wheels also take energy from the outside world and distribute it to the blood, the main glands, the organs and the nervous centres. Practically, the 7 chakras help certain parts of the body to function properly.
Our thoughts and feelings directly affect the chakra system. In fact, our thoughts, feelings and attitudes can shrink or even completely block the energy flow of a chakra to certain areas of the body. It depends on the way we look at the obstacles in life and the way we deal with challenges.
For example, if we have been repeatedly hurt in romantic relationships, our operating mode can be based on the belief that “love is a poisoned apple”, so we will stop the energy or vital force to the heart chakra. After years of working in this pattern of habits, the heart can no longer receive the vital energy it needs. This energy deprivation creates an abnormal energy flow which, over time, can lead to a physical disorder, such as a heart disease. Emotional sufferings such as “heavy hearts” can create a severe blockage of energy in this chakra and lead to a poor functioning of the heart.
So let’s have a brief look at the 7 chakras, at what they represent, how imbalances can affect them and how healing specific chakras can effectively treat some diseases:
1. The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The Root Chakra is our foundation and the feeling of being connected to earth, grounded.
Location: Base of the spine, in the terminal area
Emotional problems affecting the Root Chakra: Survival problems such as money or food. An imbalanced Root Chakra can cause great insecurity, irritability and obsession towards materialistic aspects.
Physical health problems affecting the Root Chakra: From a physical standpoint, constipation, anaemia or bladder dysfunction may be some of the symptoms of a weak Root Chakra.
Healing exercises: yoga & meditation, bare feet on the ground. Remember, Chakra Root is totally related to the feeling of “grounding”. Combined with specific foods (see below), meditation will restore the function of the Root Chakra and subsequently, treat the emotional and physical dysfunctions.
Healing foods: Foods coloured in red (apple and red beet). Spicy spices (Cayenne red pepper and Tabasco sauce). Vegetables from the ground (potatoes and carrots), vegetable proteins.
2. Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)
The Sacral Chakra represents our connection and the ability to accept other people and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen
Emotional problems affecting the Sacral Chakra: Sentiment of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality. Knowing that the Sacral Chakra can strongly influence sexuality, an energy imbalance could cause sex addiction, emotional detachment and an inclination towards unhealthy and risky behaviours.
Physical health problems affecting the Sacral Chakra: A dysfunctional Sacral Chakra can also significantly impact the reproductive system, leading to urinary infections, lower back pain or gynaecological issues.
Healing exercises: Tai Chi, aromatherapy, yoga & meditation. If the symptoms persist even after making lifestyle changes, then you should consider a few sessions with an energy healer.
Healing foods: Foods coloured in orange (oranges, mandarins), nuts of any kind.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The Solar Plexus Chakra governs our ability to be self-confident and to control our own lives.
Location of the Solar Plex Chakra: The upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional problems affecting the Solar Plex Chakra: Traumatic experiences can block the proper function of this chakra, causing eating disorders, sense of perfectionism and criticism towards people or the self. For this chakra, meditation and diet are key points of the treatment as the individual must channel his/her energy into the right direction, surrounding her/himself with positivity.
Physical health problems affecting the Solar Plex Chakra: digestive issues. As a general rule, a tailored, soothing diet will treat the digestive dysfunctions.
Healing exercises: Reiki therapy is known to speed up the healing process.
Healing foods: Foods coloured in yellow (corn), cereals and fibre (granola, whole bread), teas (mint, chamomile, rosemary herbs).
4. The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The Heart Chakra influences our ability to love and the altruistic aspirations.
Location of the Heart Chakra: At the centre of the chest, just above the heart.
Emotional problems affecting the Heart Chakra: People who present an energetic disequilibrium in this chakra tend to be ruled by their emotions, but they also present a high tolerance to the point of neglecting themselves. Additionally, they accept every situation or behaviour due to their lack of setting boundaries and self-identity.
Physical health problems affecting the Heart Chakra: On the other hand, the physical symptoms may include high blood pressure or heart palpitations.
Healing exercises: Bikram Yoga and socialisation. The simple opening of our hearts to others is the best healing exercise to heal our Heart Chakra. In order to heal this chakra, it is important to ensure a good functioning of the other 6 chakras. Alternatively, meditation is the major treatment for Anahata. Preferably, meditation should take place in green spaces like parks as the color green is highly beneficial.
Healing foods: Foods coloured in green (leafy vegetables, spinach), green tea.