Chakra acupuncture is a supplement and extension of traditional Chinese acupuncture developed by the author in practice.
It is used as an additional way of deepening classical acupuncture by involving the Indian system of chakras.
The goal of therapy in traditional Chinese acupuncture is to restore harmony in the flow of Qi by clearing blockages in the meridians and organs.
It also balances states of fullness and weakness, thus achieving undisturbed functioning of the organs. The Chinese speak of balancing Yin and Yang.
These ideas form the basis of all traditionally understood Chinese acupuncture.
Chakra acupuncture and the integration of the Indian chakra system
Chakra acupuncture expands the traditional acupuncture application by integrating the Indian chakra system into the diagnosis and therapy and allows access to deeper levels of consciousness and energy.
The chakras of Indian medicine are energy centers similar to the Chinese organs. 7 main chakras are known in the midline of the body from the perineum to the top of the skull.
In addition, there are several dozen minor chakras of secondary importance, which usually coincide with the localization of acupuncture points.
The chakras are similar to the Chinese organs attributed certain functions. In addition, chakras correspond to certain states of consciousness z.B. the heart chakra to compassion, the third eye to knowledge, the solar plexus chakra to self-esteem.
The chakras are thus also understood as spaces of energy and consciousness. Chakra acupuncture enables therapeutic access to these levels of consciousness and energy and thus leads to an expansion of the treatment possibilities.
In chakra acupuncture, in addition to the acupuncture points selected according to Chinese criteria, other points are needled, the „chakra points“, which lie in the area of the chakras.
This leads to an activation of the chakras, as well as a stimulation of the energy flow in them, which is also called opening of the chakras. This enables the patient to consciously perceive these spaces.
The most commonly used point is Du 20 Baihui, which brings about an opening of the crown chakra.
In addition to the needling of the chakra points, the focusing of the consciousness, i.e. the attention of the patient, on the corresponding region is of decisive importance for the effectiveness of the therapy.
After the acupuncture points are needled with the usual technique, the patient is asked to direct his attention z. B. to the top of the skull, the crown chakra, the region where the points Du 20 Baihui and Ex. 6 Sishencong are needled.
The patient usually feels a sensation of slight tingling, or of discrete flowing, after a short time.
Also the therapist focuses – together with the patient – his attention into this region and asks the patient to go with his perception even more into this area, to „open it“ and to let the energy flow from above downwards.
This intensifies the opening and thus also the flow of life energy in the crown chakra.
When flowing through a chakra thus becomes clearly perceptible to the patient, one turns to the next chakra, z.B. the heart chakra in the center of the chest.
Here the points Ren 17 and Ren 15 are already needled. The patient is asked to breathe into this region, to concentrate his attention here, and to open the heart chakra, „keep opening, and keep opening“. Until the patient feels a sense of spaciousness and flow here as well.
At the beginning of chakra acupuncture, one initially concentrates on two to three chakras, z.B. to the crown, heart and base chakra.
The heart chakra as the fourth chakra is located in the center, above and below it there are three chakras each. Thus, the heart chakra has a central harmonizing function on the total energy of the body through its middle position.
Also about the healing quality of the „heart energy“ a harmonization is exerted on other energy centers.
After a few sessions, after the flow of life energy in two to three chakras is well noticeable for the patient, one turns to other chakras, especially chakras in whose area the patient’s illness lies.
One should not start at the beginning of the therapy with the disturbed area, but first focus on central chakras (z.B. Activate the crown, heart and base chakras) to promote the flow of life energy in the overall system of chakras.
This then facilitates the release of blockages in the dysfunctional organs or. chakras with the help of the usual acupuncture therapy.
Chakra acupuncture is particularly suitable for patients who are sensitive and have a good capacity for introspection. Patients who are very controlled or obsessive respond more slowly to chakra acupuncture.
Description of the chakras and their relationship to acupuncture points resp. Chinese organs
1. chakra – base chakra – muladhara
Localization: The 1. Chakra is located in the area of the perineum and opens downwards. Its location coincides with that of the point Ren 1 Huiyin, the meeting point of all Yin.
Functions: Yin corresponds to the earth and so the base chakra establishes the energetic connection of man to the earth.
The opening of the base chakra and thus the energetic flow through it is responsible for the connection of the body with the earth, it is called „grounding“. This chakra corresponds to the functional circle of kidney yin in Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture point of chakra: Ren 1 Huiyin
2. Chakra – Polarity Chakra – Svadhishthana
Localization: The 2. Chakra is located in the small pelvis and has two openings, one forward to the acupuncture points Ren 4 Guanyuan (enclosed origin energy) and backward to the sacrum, Du 2 – Du 4 Mingmen (gate of life).
Functions:The polarity chakra corresponds to the kidney-yang, bladder and large intestine in Chinese medicine.
The polarity chakra balances one’s yin and yang parts and forms the basis for an undisturbed sexuality, i.e. the yin-yang balance on the outside. The first and second chakra also corresponds to the lower jiao (small pelvis) of the sanjiao.
Acupuncture points of the chakra: Ren 4 Guanyuan, Du 2 Yaoshu, Du 3 Yaoyangguan, Du 4 Mingmen
3. Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
Localization: Das 3. Chakra is located in the abdomen, opening forward to the navel and backward to the area of Du 5-Du 6.
Functions: The Chinese organs spleen-pancreas and liver correspond to the 3. Chakra. There is also an association with the middle jiao of the sanjiao.
The Manipura Chakra regulates the personal will and is responsible for power striving, anger, rage and addictive behavior in case of an imbalance.
Acupuncture points of the chakra: Ren 8 Shenjue, Ren 12 Zhongwan Du 5 Xuanshu, Du 6 Jizhong
4. Chakra – Heart Chakra – Anahata
Localization: The 4. Chakra is located in the thorax and opens forward to the point Ren 17 Shanzhong (center of the chest) and backward to the point Du 11 Shendao.
Functions: The anahata chakra corresponds to the functional circle of the heart and the upper jiao of Chinese medicine. The associated functions are compassion, kindness, understanding, balancing of opposites, striving for harmony, inner peace, and love. The heart chakra as 4. Chakra forms the energetic center of the human being and is the main integrating chakra between the three above and the three below chakras.
Acupuncture points of the chakra: Ren 17 Shanzhong, Du 11 Shendao
5. Chakra – Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
Localization: The 5. Chakra is located in the throat and opens forward into the larynx and backward to the point Du 14 Dazhui.
Functions: The functional circle of the lung is assigned to the throat chakra.
The strength and expressiveness of speech are brought forth by the throat chakra. Another associated function is creativity.
Acupuncture points of the chakra: Ren 22 Tiantu, Du 14 Dazhui
6. Chakra – Third eye – Ajna
Localization: The 6. Chakra lies at the base of the skull, opening forward to the point of Extra 1 Yintang and backward to the point of Du 15 Yamen.
Functions: The functions of the „third eye“ are the ability to concentrate, understanding, intuition and clairvoyance.
Acupuncture points of the chakra: Ex. 1 Yintang, Du 15 Yamen
7. Chakra – Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
Localization: The 7. Chakra is located on the top of the skull and corresponds to the points Du 20 Baihui (Hundred Gatherings) and Extra 6 Sishencong and opens upward like a crown.
Functions: The crown chakra is the highest yang in the body as opposed to the meeting point of all yin in the base chakra. The crown chakra is credited with the understanding of higher aspects of existence, the connection to the spiritual world. Du 20 Baihui point as well as extra point 6 Sishencong are exceptionally important acupuncture points and serve to harmonize psychic functions as well as the overall energy of the body.
Acupuncture points of the chakra: Du 20 Baihui, Ex. 6 Sishencong
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Author: Dr. med. Gabriel Stux
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