What Are Chakras and How Do They Work?

The human body consists of 88,000 chakras, also referred to as continuously spinning or active energy points that act as portals to receive, interact and transmit life forces between an individual and their surroundings.

Chakra is Hindu for spinning wheel. Of the body’s 88,000 energy points, seven are regarded to have major importance in the overall function of our being.

The 7 Chakras

Although there is no common denominator between the ancient Hindu and Chinese cultures, they are very similar in their interpretation and explanation about the role of these energy points in our health and lives in general.

Both the Hindus and the Chinese look at the body’s major energy points as playing important roles in our conscious and subconscious experiences. And that these seven energy points are the keys to a healthy and successful life.

The seven major energy points of our body are the root, navel, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow, and crown and they are located along the length of the spine.

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These energy points continuously receive and transmit life form energies resulting from their direct and indirect interaction with other elements and life forces of our environment and are believed to have a direct bearing on our physical, emotional and spiritual makeup.

The continuous contact of energy points with its host (our body) and the environment regardless of whether we are awake or not, gives them a special power over the our physical appearance and bodily functions, including our health and emotions. A malfunction of one of the seven major energy points results in our feeling ill and weak, both physically and mentally.

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Endocrine Connection

The reason for this is because each of the seven major chakras is linked to a corresponding endocrine gland in our body. Any imbalance in the function of a chakra affects our physical and emotional processes and manifests a disturbance in the usual pattern of activity or behavior through the endocrine gland linked to it.

Using the above as our starting point, we can then safely conclude that most of our major illnesses and ailments are chakra related. Although there may not be enough physical manifestations of the illness or imbalance (yet) there may be emotions and concerns from way back our childhood that affect us today physically, spiritually or emotionally.

Forgotten or repressed emotional baggage due to traumatic experiences in the past is one of the major causes of chakra imbalance. Since most people have a habit of burying bad memories in their subconscious, we are unaware that these buried emotional toxins have an effect on our bodies at the cellular level.

It is therefore necessary to come to terms with our emotional baggage and resolve them in order to maintain the proper balance of our chakra and heal our physical self in the process.

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Advantages of Chakra Healing

Advantages of Chakra Healing What most people are not aware of is that we have the resources to control and manipulate our energy points to our advantage. By knowing how to influence and manipulate the functions of our major chakras we can then control how they function so that we can achieve the benefits of balance and harmony, not only within us but with our surroundings as well.

Some people prefer to attend yoga exercise classes as the breathing and physical exercises used in the practice of yoga are beneficial to maintain chakra balance in the body.

Other methodologies of chakra healing are meditation (keeping the mind focused on an object of thought or awareness for a certain period of time), guided visualization (done with the aid of audio tapes or CDs to promote natural healing and relaxation techniques to reduce stress, promote relaxation and harness the power of the mind).

Despite the fact that we can not physically see or touch our chakras, they can work independently to sustain our body.

Feeding the Body and Soul

The human body has to be healthy and fed properly in order for us to have balanced chakras. There are foods that help maintain the balance of each of the seven primary chakras.

Root-type vegetables, protein-rich foods and spices nourish our root chakra. The sexual and creativity (sacral) chakra needs sweet fruits, nuts and cinnamon, vanilla, sesame and caraway seeds; the stomach/solar plexus chakra which is responsible for enhancing our self-confidence and self-love are can be nourished by eating breads, pastas, cereal, dairy products, yogurt and minty spices.

The heart chakra thrives on our intake of green leafy vegetables and green tea. Our throat chakra needs lots of liquid like water and fruit juices and tangy fruits including apples and peaches.

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Blueberries and grapes are the primary source of nourishment of our energy point for the third eye. It is also helps if we drink wine or grape juice.

The spiritual and emotional center (our crown chakra) of the human body however does not need nutrients but requires detoxification by means of fasting.

With these simple methods of influencing our body’s energy points (chakras), we are at the same time also influencing our physical wellness towards a more responsive way of life completely with our body and our environment.

They are very simple ways but very effective at the same time in order for us to achieve a goal of physical and emotional wellness.

7 Misconceptions About OCD

OCD is often misunderstood and generalized. It’s not just a little bit of obsessive-compulsive behaviour, it can be a serious anxiety disorder that affects a lot of people.

OCD treatment can involve medication and therapy but there are also many self-help techniques that can be used to manage this condition as well.


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Misconception 1: All People With OCD Are Neat Freaks/ All Neat Freaks Have OCD

OCD is a disorder marked by emotional distress, a high level of anxiety, and intrusive thoughts.

Some people who are diagnosed do have obsessive cleanliness, but not all do.

Many people with OCD do not experience super neat or obsessive cleaning habits at all.

There is also a strong relationship between OCD and hoarding. Not all people who are super neat and organized have OCD and not all people with OCD are super neat and organized.

Healthy cleanliness habits are different from obsessive/compulsive cleanliness.

Perhaps the person with OCD may have some general rules about how to clean a room in their own home such as; always starting a chore by wiping all surfaces down or always making sure you wash your hands before and after a task but otherwise feel perfectly comfortable with dirty dishes in their sink or laundry on the floor.


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Misconception 2: OCD Is Rare In Kids

OCD can be found in kids as young as 4 years old and can affect anyone at any age.

Some people with OCD don’t experience severe symptoms until they are in their teenage years, but this doesn’t mean that younger kids can’t experience those symptoms as well.

Some adults have OCD that started when they were children and went undiagnosed for years.

It is not unusual for the symptoms of OCD to begin in childhood but remain undiagnosed until adulthood.

The most common age for OCD to begin is 11–12.

Some people have seen changes as early as ages 4 or 5, while others develop symptoms much later, like in their twenties or thirties.

Everyone is different and these issues will appear at different stages in life depending on the individual.


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Misconception 3: OCD Isn’t Treatable

OCD cannot be cured, but it can be helped and controlled, many people are able to live symptom-free after a combination of therapy and medication.

The right treatment will be different depending on the individual and their mental health history.

Even if symptoms never fully go away, they can be controlled so that the individual can live a healthy productive life.

Medication alone has been shown to be helpful in about 70% of the people who use it.

It is effective when used on a regular basis. Each individual responds differently to treatment, as not every diagnosis is the same.


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Misconception 4: Everyone is a Little OCD

OCD is a mental illness, not a personality trait.

The statement ‘everyone is a little OCD’ is very harmful to people who suffer from OCD.

It minimizes the suffering that people diagnosed with OCD feel and have to deal with on a daily basis.

It can also make them feel as though they are not being seen or that they are not even experiencing authentic struggles.

You either have OCD or you don’t. It is not the same as having a hobby or being punctual.

The sufferer doesn’t want to have OCD, and it causes them real pain and suffering on a daily basis.

Having OCD takes over their life, and they have to go through various assessments with professionals in order to help manage their condition.

This statement is commonly used as an excuse to justify extreme tidiness. It attaches a stigma to the illness, allows people who have never suffered from OCD to trivialize it, and makes sufferers feel more isolated than they already do.


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Misconception 5: People with OCD Can Never Live A Functional Life

You may not live a normal life, but you can lead a functional one.

The most important thing is understanding that OCD diagnoses don’t have to decide your fate.

You may not be able to function at the level of someone without an obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosis and all its accompanying symptoms.

However, it does NOT mean you cannot find peace in what remains unscathed by this condition – whether, through medication, therapy sessions, or even just an amazing support system, you can recover from this and live a happy functional life.


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Misconception 6: It’s Obvious When A Person Has OCD

Those diagnosed with OCD learn to hide their symptoms in public.

It’s not obvious when someone has it because the experience of those who have it can vary depending on a number of factors, including what triggers an episode and how severe they are.

Not all people with OCD experience the same symptoms. Some people diagnosed with OCD act on their intrusive thoughts physically but for some people, it’s in their mind.

It’s not common for people with OCD to talk openly about their compulsions and intrusive thoughts.

Due to this, when you see someone who is diagnosed with OCD in public, it’s unlikely that they will be obvious or stand out.


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Misconception 7: OCD Is Caused By A Troubled Childhood

Lots of people believe that OCD is caused by childhood trauma or dysfunction. Although OCD can be caused by childhood trauma, it can be caused by genetics as well.

Many people diagnosed with mental illnesses have a history of trauma, but trauma and mental illnesses do not always go hand in hand.

That being said, a troubled childhood can increase denial, and prolong diagnosis which can make OCD and its symptoms worse.

Trauma does not inherently cause OCD or most other mental illnesses, regardless of the stigma behind them.

There are many misconceptions about OCD, we have tried to help clear up some of the confusion.

The reality is that OCD may not be curable but it can be managed with medication or therapy as well as self-help techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

It’s important to remember that there are a number of people out there who struggle with anxiety disorders every day, whether they’re aware of their condition or not.

If you think you might have an anxiety disorder then speak to your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan.