Chakra Physiology

Definition - What does Chakra Physiology mean?

Chakra physiology is the connection between the physical body and the metaphysical centers of energy, called chakras, believed to be located throughout the body. There's no single accepted explanation about how the chakra system affects the physical body or even the exact location or number of chakras; however, it is generally believed that there are seven major chakras located along or near the spine from the base of the spinal column to the crown of the head.

Each chakra is thought to have an effect on the internal organ or section of the body where it is located, along with the associated endocrine glands and nervous system.

Yogapedia explains Chakra Physiology

When the chakra energy is balanced, it helps keep the body healthy. When it is not balanced, the physical body – as well as the subtle body – is negatively affected.

The chakras, their associated glands and the effects on the physical body include:

  • Root chakra (reproductive glands) – affects sexual development and secretes sex hormones
  • Sacral or spleen chakra (adrenal gland) – controls metabolism and the immune system
  • Solar plexus chakra (pancreas) – also controls metabolism
  • Heart chakra (thymus gland) – also regulates the immune system
  • Throat chakra (thyroid gland) – regulates both metabolism and body temperature
  • Third eye chakra (pituitary gland) – produces hormones and controls functioning of the lower five glands
  • Crown chakra (pineal gland) – controls biological cycles
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