As always, seek professional advice before using any of the methods listed.
Chakras form part of several belief systems, including Hinduism and Buddhism, and would be widely used within the world of Alternative Medicine.
Different belief systems describe chakras differently; however there are common characteristics between all systems:
- They form part of the body, along with the breath channels, or nadis, and the winds (vayus) - even when the chakra is not located within the physical bounds of the body.
- They are located along the central channel (sushumna/avadhūtī).
- Two side channels cross the center channel at the location of the chakras.
- They possess a number of 'petals' or 'spokes'.