Chakras - Meaning and Significance
Chakras refer to the seven power points of life force in the human body that circulates energy. The meaning of the word 'chakra' is 'wheel of light' or ‘spinning wheel of energy’ in Sanskrit language. These seven important centers of energy are vertically aligned in the center of the body close to the spine. These Chakras function like valves that regulate the flow of energy through our energy system. A proper balance in the Chakras is essential for our good health. If there is any blockage or imbalance in the chakras it can result in diseases and ill health.
The details of the seven chakras are given below and each of these Chakras has a location, significance and color and needs to be kept balanced and healthy.
Significance and Location of the 7 Chakras
Given below are the details of the the location, significance and color of the 7 chakras in the Human body.
Root Chakra or Muladhara Chakra
The 1st Chakra is known as the ‘Root’, ‘Base’ or ‘Muladhara’ Chakra. The Mooladhara or Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and groin and is associated with adrenals, kidneys, muscles and blood. The base chakra is said to be the seat of our procreation, survival and base instincts. The Base or Root Chakra is associated with the color red. The gemstones associated with this chakra are ruby, garnet, coral, red jasper,smoky quartz and rose quartz. These red stones are used to treat conditions like anemia and depression. Some diseases and conditions associated with the Root or Base Chakra are Constipation, back pain, diarrhea, piles, colitis, frequent urination, high blood pressure, kidney stones and impotence. A balanced and healthy root chakra can make one courageous, strong willed, confident, humanistic, strong willed, spontaneous and honest. On the other hand an imbalance in this Chakra can make one insecure, overaggressive, indulging in self pity and fearful.
Sacral or Svadhisthana Chakra
The 2nd Chakra is known as the Sacral or Svadhisthana Chakra. This Chakra is located at the genitals and is associated with reproductive organs and stomach. The color associated with this chakra is Orange. The gemstones associated with this Chakra are Orange Carnelian, Orange jasper and fire opal. Some diseases and conditions associated with the Sacral Chakra are uterine fibroids, pre-menstrual syndrome, irregular periods, ovarian cysts, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, testicular disease, low back pain and prostate disease. A balanced and healthy sacral chakra can make one sociable, independent, constructive, energetic and enthusiastic whereas an imbalance in this Chakra can make one withdrawn, destructive and overdependent.
Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra
The 3rd Chakra is known as the Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra. This Chakra is located midway between the rib cage and the navel and is associated with the liver, pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, digestive system and nervous system. The color associated with this chakra is Yellow. The gemstones associated with this chakra are topaz, citrine, golden calcite, yellow zircon and amber. Some diseases and conditions associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra are Diabetes, Liver disease and Gall stones. A balanced and healthy Solar Plexus Chakra can make one Confident, humorous, practical, intellectual, Alert and Optimistic whereas an imbalance in this chakra can make one sarcastic, pessimistic and suffering from inferiority complex.
Heart or Ananhata Chakra
The 4th Chakra is known as the Heart or Ananhata Chakra. This Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone or sternum and is associated with the heart, thymus gland, lungs and circulatory system. The color associated with the heart chakra is pink and Green. The gemstones associated with this chakra are malachite, emerald, jade, aventurine, moss agate, rose quartz, peridot and kunzite. These gems are used to treat the nervous system, heart problems, blood disorders etc.Some diseases and conditions associated with this Chakra are heart diseases, allergies, breast cancer and problems related to the Immune system. A balanced and healthy Heart Chakra can make one compassionate, generous, romantic, self controlled, adaptable, sympathetic and loving whereas an imbalance in this chakra can make one jealous, miserly, bitter and indifferent.
Throat or Vishudda Chakra
The 5th Chakra is known as the Throat or Vishudda Chakra. This Chakra is located at the throat and is associated with thyroid gland, lungs and respiratory system. The color associated with this chakra is Blue. The gemstones associated with this chakra are lapis lazuli, aquamarine, turquoise,sapphire and blue topaz and these stones are helpful in treatment of throat blockages, internal bleeding and nervous disorders. Some diseases and conditions associated with the Throat Chakra are thyroid, anorexia, asthma, bronchitis, hearing problems, tinnitus, mouth ulcers, sore throats and tonsillitis. A balanced and healthy Throat Chakra can make one loyal, trustworthy, affectionate, caring, tactful and calm whereas an imbalance in this chakra can make one unfaithful, self righteous, untrustworthy and cold.
Third Eye or Ajna Chakra
The 6th Chakra is known as Third Eye or Brow or Ajna Chakra. This Chakra is located between the eyes and is associated with the pituitary gland, eyes, nose, ears and skeletal system. The color associated with the third eye chakra is Indigo. The gemstones associated with this chakra are indigo Sapphire, azurite and iolite and is helpful in opening our internal eyes and curing mental disorders.Some diseases and conditions associated with the Third Eye Chakra are migraine, glaucoma, cataracts and sinus problems. A balanced and healthy Third Eye Chakra can make one orderly, clear sighted, faithful, fearless, practical, idealistic and highly intuitive whereas an imbalance in this chakra can make one inconsiderate.
Crown or Sahasrara Chakra
The 7th Chakra is known as Crown or Sahasrara Chakra. This Chakra is located above the head and is associated with the pineal gland, brain and central nervous system. The color associated with the Crown Chakra is Violet. Some gemstones associated with the crown chakra are Lavender Quartz, Amethyst and Violet Jasper and can help in healing mental disorders, insomnia etc.Some diseases and conditions associated with the Crown Chakra are Depression, Parkinson's disease, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy and Alzheimer's. A balanced an d healthy Crown Chakra can make one mentally strong, creative, idealistic, kind and self sacrificing whereas am imbalance in this Chakra can make one confused and mentally unstable.
Any blockage or imbalance in any of the above chakras can result in diseases and ill health. So it is essential to maintain a proper balance in the Chakras to stay healthy.
José Elias on August 15, 2014:
thank you very much, Anamika!
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on August 13, 2014:
@J Elias bar Elias Yes!
José Elias on August 13, 2014:
I read that: "Some gemstones associated with the crown chakra are Lavender Quartz, Amethyst and Violet Jasper and can help in healing mental disorders, insomnia etc.Some diseases and conditions associated with the Crown Chakra are Depression, Parkinson's disease, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy and Alzheimer's"
Does the use of the seed mantra of crown chakra help in case of depression?
Thank you very much
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on September 06, 2012:
Great information about the chakra and how they influence our lives.
Alisia Hernandez on September 30, 2011:
Hi!! My husband introduced me to the 7 Chakra and I have been meditating to healing my Chakras with several meditation videos I have found on u tube it's been a week and half for me doing this and wow!! I was off balance big time and everyday I feel better and I do this healing in the name of God and I am amazed in how my spirtual part of me has grown I understand the bible now and I communicate better my eyesight is no longer blurred. I have always been a loving and compassionate person very caring and kind but for a year now I have had no energy and pretty much isolated myself to my house and room and stopped working out. This is totally opposite of who I am so I have to share this with anyone reading this take it from me balance your chakras I am a knew person full of life and I am doing things like I use to a rode my bike up to our college the other day and it's almost 10 miles there and back from my house and this hill is very steep and I did it WOW!! Life is so good everything has changed for me thank you lord Jesus amen
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on February 19, 2011:
@Ramesh Check out the Diagram and Positioning to identify the Chakras.
Ramesh on February 19, 2011:
Excellent information.How to locate them in your own body/Pl suggest a methodology.
Silva Hayes from Spicewood, Texas on September 16, 2010:
Thank you, Anamika S. Informative, well-done.
Sachin on August 29, 2010:
let me try all this on myself and get the results.
eNaturalCures on July 14, 2010:
The chakra points introduces an amazing science to health. In western medicine, it has lot to do with the physical body. However, in chakra healing, it really demonstrates the holistic aspect of health and its connection to our emotions.
Gaian on March 19, 2010:
I guess that the way to balance the chakras would be to listen to one's soul in how to live, to live in ways that most naturally arise from one's nature. One guide to that is the sensitive atmospheric state of mind that comes as a response to prayer.
MagicStarER from Western Kentucky on January 19, 2010:
Wow, you did such a great job on this, and now thanks to you I understand somewhat about chakras. It is very interesting and I think maybe ALL of mine are messed up! LOL! :)
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on October 11, 2009:
Thanks for the encouragement. But i do not consider myself as an expert and also do not practice as an Astrologer. I am still in the process of learning. There are many experts who conduct classes on astrology you can learn from.
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Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 30, 2009:
DennisBarker : Thanks for the appreciation and visit. I am happy to know that you are an expert on this subject.I am not an expert as of now but hope l would become one in course of time.
rebekahELLE : I am happy that you found my article useful.
rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on September 29, 2009:
thank you for a very informative hub and an image also of the chakra locations. I will be reading your corresponding hubs!
DennisBarker from Newcastle Upon Tyne,UK on September 27, 2009:
A well constructed hub, I've been doing chakra balancing for people for many years and have become specialised in the top four chakras.
I have found balancing the throat chakra particularly effective at improving sleeping patterns with my clients.
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 11, 2009:
Thanks for the visit and encouragement. Healing of Chakras are mostly done using Light, Color, Sound, Crystals and Aromatherapy.
Jyoti Kothari from Jaipur on September 10, 2009:
Superb! However, you have not told how to balance these Chakras?
Thanks and thumbs up!
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 10, 2009:
Philipo, BKCreative, kunika and jayb3 : I am happy you liked the hub. Thanks for the visit and comments.
jayb23 from India on September 10, 2009:
hey Anamika, thanks for this informative hub. You have really presented the information really well. Bookmarked. Keep up the good work.
kunika on September 10, 2009:
anamika wonderful job so much knowledge u have.Good work keep it up
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on September 10, 2009:
I have wanted all this information - in one nicely worded place. I will bookmark it and share it!
Thanks so much!
Philipo from Nigeria on September 10, 2009:
Very technical. Thanks for educating.
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 10, 2009:
Hi Surendraji, I am happy you found my article on the different chakras in the human body helpful and informative. Thanks for the encouragement.
SurendraT from Vrindavan, U.P. on September 09, 2009:
I thank you for this detailed information. I had some vague idea and this hub takes that scant knowledge further.
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 09, 2009:
Anshuman and Isavasyam : Thanks for the visit and appreciation. I am happy that you found the information useful.
Ishavasyam from Leeds,United Kingdom on September 09, 2009:
Namaskar..great to read all this information..quite authentic..detailed work you have done..keep it up..may Lord bless you..
Anshuman-Sahni from India on September 09, 2009:
Hi Anamika, a great hub with complete information. How do you know all this?