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Concept of Chinese Acupuncture and Seven Cosmic Chakras

Updated on July 31, 2010

Acupuncture and the Chakra Energy System: Treating the Cause of Disease

Acupuncture is among the most ancient techniques in traditional Chinese medicine dating back to 2000 years or more. Acupuncture is a nailing procedure done with inserting needles in different depths in parts of human body through which different types of diseases are treated but it is interesting to note that theory and concept of Chinese acupuncture started from India dating back to 4000 years ago. The ancient sages of India felt that the human body is a small world or a planet on a smaller scale and that man is a microcosm and thought that found in the body are points that cross the lines of human energy and these lines were the energy of the cosmos. These points, seven in total, got the name of chakras or wheels, each having a specific mission. According to Indians, chakras are points of energy generators and from the center they radiate a subtle energy that puts into action the whole life system. According to the sages of India, these 7 centers of energy are not visible to naked eye, but some cosmic transducers are capable of capturing the vital forces of universe and attract them to our body. These complex but vital forces exercise an activity on our body and serve as a matrix for the physiological changes in addition to forming a binding mechanism between the nonphysical planes of human beings and their physical structure. Chakra therapists in India utilized this concept of 7 chakras of energy or 7 wheels of light to cleanse the energy system and balance the chakras thereby treating the disease and then preventing the disease from happening again.

Seven cosmic chakras of energy
Seven cosmic chakras of energy

The seven cosmic chakras according to Indian sages are:

  • Sahasrara chakra is the top of the head and this is the primary chakra according to Hindu tradition. This chakra is the center of the highest spiritual level and controls the development of intelligence and will power.
  • Ajna chakra is located in front between the two eyebrows and is the location of the third eye as of Lord Shiva. This chakra governs the spiritual and intellectual activity of man and develops the art of seeing beyond the five senses.
  • Vishuddha chakra or throat is located at the base of the neck. This chakra is the center of personality and ambitions. This chakra signifies creativity and pure consciousness.
  • Anahata chakra or umbilical is in the solar plexus and controls the fears and hatreds and generally emotions. The person achieving this chakra becomes aware of his karma and life actions.
  • Swadhisthana chakra is located at the height of spleen and is also known as the healing sacral chakra which controls the activity and gets the vitality from the sun. It is also the center of our creative and sexual energy.
  • Manipura chakra is situation in the ventral portion of our body and it controls emotions. Between the age of 14 to 21, an individual is ruled by manipura chakra. This is also the chakra of life force and is the seat of fire within our body.
  • Muladhara charka or root is located at the base of the spine. Exercises control of solar activity. This chakra is the meeting place of ida, pingala, and sushuma nadis. It represents the beginning of life and is associated with element Earth.

12 meridians in the body and acupuncture points
12 meridians in the body and acupuncture points

Chinese made better use of chakras and discovered 12 meridians in the body

Yin is not the opposite of yang and represents much more than its share further. Ancient sages of India dominated the positive and negative concepts of chakras, but Chinese sages were able to expand and make better use of these force lines in the body. Positive and negative lines, which correspond to Yang and Yin are combined to become creative and this phenomenon is a reflection of what takes place on Earth by means of these vital forces coming from the cosmos and begetting of this planet itself.

Evolution of Acupuncture

As you know that the skin is an important part of acupuncture. It breathes through its pores and stores vital energy inside it. According to Chinese sages, the twelve meridians bonded skin as a channel leading the stimulus of the needle stuck in the body. Chinese sages viewed the body as an energy filter that circulates through the twelve lines of force, and started pricking the skin at specific points to balance energy, harmonizing the Yin Yang and the cosmos. Chinese then thought that the fundamental energy must circulate in the body so that there is good health and longer life and when this circulation is disturbed, disease occurs, so they developed the technique of acupuncture through which they introduced very thin needles into the specific meridian points. These needles were made of special metal which will allows them to tone or sedate the energy present at that point depending on what they wanted to achieve. In acupuncture, there are different dimensions of needles depending on where the specialist is going to work, some of them are 7 mm, 10 mm, 15 mm, 20 mm and others and also are made up of different alloys. It must always be remembered that the acupuncture technique requires special studies and this special needle procedure should be done by an acupuncturist and not by any other doctor.


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      gilbertmorales18 manila,phil 

      6 years ago

      i vouched for the healing effect of accupuncture. it relieves me of my neck pains courtesy of missionaries from south korea yesterday.

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      Caroline Marie 

      6 years ago

      Great hub. Very interesting.

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      This is a wonderful article. I really appreciate how you have incorperated the two forms of medicine. It was nice to read in words what I have noticed as a practitioner. Reading this was very inspiring. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Chinese acupuncture are said to be helpful in terms of relieving the pain and relaxing the body. Some websites are actually offering Chinese medicine to help reduce back pain and stuffs.

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      8 years ago

      Traditional Chinese medical treatment is so vast and profound.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes the idea originated from India. You know that Indian historical database is very old and Indian sages have been practicing natural treatments throughout their lives. By the way, thanks for the link to that hub. I will check it out.

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      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I never knew it was originally conceived in India. There is a lot of expanded treatment with Acupuncture in Fertility being effective as well.

      I prefer any treatment that is natural and it certainly seems so.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @Ethel Smith, you are always a delight at my hubs. Thanks for your overall support. You are a great reader too.

      @raisingme, thanks a lot for your appreciation and comment on this topic.

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      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Acupuncture is gaining a lot of popularity, at least where I live it is. I have found it to be very beneficial and I am convinced that my body is a mini planet and very much appreciated your sharing the viewpoint of the ancient sages. I am thankful that there are those among us who keep knowledge and wisdom from being lost to us!

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It is a fascinating subject. Acupuncture works for so many conditions and people.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Veronica for putting your thoughts into this topic.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great article sonni! Chinese Acupuncture is really becoming popular in the Western world now - I believe many are finding the benefits of this procedure. I do appreciate your warning, that this should be done by a trained acupuncturist.


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