The word chakra comes from the sanskrit meaning wheel or circle. There are seven chakras or wheels from the base of your spine to the top of your head. The function of each of the chakras is to spin and rotate and keep the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical body all in alignment. When we get sick or ill, it is a sign that one or more of the chakras is out of alignment.
The crown chakra is one of consciousness and is the master to all the others. It is compared to the pituitary gland. Symbolized by a lotus plant with a thousand petals, it is found outside the body above the head.
The brow chakra is compared to the pineal gland. It is the chakra of time and light. The symbol is a lotus plant with two petals. It is located between the eyes on the forehead. It is also known as the third eye chakra.
plant with four petals and is located at the base of the spine.
7 Main Chakras
The throat chakra is in charge of communication and other forms of expression. This chakra is compared to the thyroid gland. It is located in the throat area of the neck and is symbolized by a lotus plant with sixteen petals.
The heart chakra is one of higher emotions, love, compassion, and well-being. It is compared to the thymus. It is a part of the immune system and the endocrine system. Symbolized by a lotus plant with twelve petals, it is located in the center of the chest.
The solar plexus chakra is related to higher emotion and energy and is compared to the pancreas and outer adrenal glands. Digestion is the conversion of food into energy for the well being of the self. This chakra is symbolized by a lotus plant with ten petals. It is located right underneath the ribcage.
The sacral chakra related to base emotion and sexuality. This chakra is compared to the ovaries or testes. Symbolized by a lotus plant with six petals, it is located in the groin area.
The root chakra is related to our intuition, instincts, and survival. It is compared to the inner adrenal glands and the adrenal medulla in the kidney. It is symbolized by a lotus plant with four petals and is located at the base of the spine.
The New Age movement has led to an increased interest in the practices which include chakras. Overall, the chakra is central to many different holistic disciplines such as aromatherapy, Reiki, flower essences, sound therapy and crystal therapy. Practitioners of acupuncture attempt to focus on balancing the chakra system.