There are so many different ways to look at how your health issues and ailments can be related to alternative healing methods and the subconscious mind but one of my favorites is understanding which chakra it is connected to.
A chakra is part of your energetic body. It isn't something you will be able to physically dissect and pull out of the body (although they are each related to different nerve bundles). The chakras have a wide variety of healing modalities you can use to help bring them into balance. There are also journaling questions to reflect on that will help you understand what may be going on deep in your mind or what has happened in the past that you need to address and heal.
We are not just the physical body. Once we enter a health crisis we tend to focus solely on the physical body because that is what seems to be giving us the issues and crying for attention. Often times a physical health crisis is a divine storm that is trying to call your attention to heal other aspects of your emotional, mental, or spiritual body. What if this is actually a wake-up call?
A lot of times people can be gaslit with their medical symptoms and told that it is all in their head. On one hand, this may be true but it is on a deep subconscious level that you don't truly have access to. It does not mean that you are making it up. This is more like a computer virus where the subconscious has miswired some connections, it isn't your fault and your symptoms and illness are very real and legitimate.
If I go deep into everything here this article will turn into a book so I just want this to become a resource and reference to help you identify what chakra may be out of balance so you can start to look at things from a different perspective.
Please remember there is no blame, shame, or guilt to have because of this. One of the hardest things to do on the healing journey is to look deeply at ourselves. Use this information to spark your curiosity and become more self-aware.
The root chakra is related to safety, security, and belonging. Childhood trauma or abuse, being neglected, or lacking a strong bond with your parental figure all all common causes of first chakra blockage. This can also occur during adulthood anytime you have family, financial, housing, or health problems.
Root chakra overloads can be caused by too much routine, too little flexibility, strict boundaries, or a life void of spontaneity.
Anatomy: Sacrum, coccygeal nerve plexus, adrenal glands, feet, legs, hips, bones, large intestine, anus, skin
Blocked Root Chakra Physical Issues
Any lower body issues tied to the feet, legs, hips, and bones.
Diabetic nerve pain
Lower back problems
Difficulty with orgasm
Excessive weight loss
Immune system issues
Blocked Root Chakra Psychological Issues
Caring for your own basic needs
Overactive Root Chakra Physical Issues
Stiff ankles, knees, or hips
Overactive Root Chakra Psychological Issues
Extreme control issues
Lack of spiritual beliefs
If you grew up in an environment where emotional expression or pleasure-seeking was discouraged or your upbringing was emotionally overwhelming, this could cause a block in the sacral chakra. It can also become blocked later in life from a painful relationship or break up, sexual rejection, or exploitation.
An overload can occur when you are brought up with overly emotional or overly unemotional parents. It can also be a temporary response to a highly emotional situation.
Anatomy: abdomen, sacral nerve plexus, genitals, reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder
Blocked Sacral Chakra Physical Issues
Any sexual or reproductive issues
Sexual arousal disorders
Lower back pain
Blocked Sacral Chakra Psychological Issues
Writer's block or creative blocks
Resistant to change
Fear of relationships
Feeling unworthy of pleasure
Overactive Sacral Chakra Physical Issues
Heavy menstrual flow
Severe PMS (mood swings, irritability, bloating, cramping)
Emotional eating leading to weight gain
Urinary problems in men
Overactive Sacral Chakra Psychological Issues
Excessive attachment to pleasure
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus is related to our worthiness, self-esteem, and self-confidence. When it is blocked you can feel powerless and out of control. You will suffer from low self-esteem that causes self-destructive behaviors or allow other people to take advantage of you.
An overloaded solar plexus chakra is very easy to spot. They tend to be loud people who like to steal all the attention and have the last word. This is essentially an inflated ego but it stems from this energy imbalance.
Anatomy: Stomach, digestive organs, upper intestines, middle back, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and muscles
Blocked Solar Plexus Physical Issues
Gall bladder issues
Poor liver function
Weak middle back
Blocked Solar Plexus Psychological Issues
Lack of willpower
Inability to follow through, lack of willpower
Victim mentality, blaming others
Feeling of having no personality
Overactive Solar Plexus Physical Issues
Insomnia due to excess energy
Overactive Solar Plexus Psychological Issues
Obsession with power
Inability to compromise
Lack of sensitivity
Many things can cause a heart chakra blockage to occur from what happened as a child to profound loss as an adult to an argument you had with a loved one earlier today. It can happen any time we get hurt. This can cause you to withdraw from people and real connection. This not only prevents you from connecting deeply with others but it also blocks the mind-body connection.
With an overloaded heart chakra, you love too much! It isn't that you have too much love but that you are out of balance in the way you express it. This causes you to sacrifice your own needs and fall into the trap of people-pleasing or codependency.
Anatomy: Heart, lungs, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, breasts, thymus gland, cardiac nerve plexus
Blocked Heart Chakra Physical Issues
Heart problems related to blockage (angina, heart disease, heart attack)
Lung problems (asthma, pleurisy, shortness of breath, emphysema)
Shoulder or arm issues
Suppressed immune system
Blocked Heart Chakra Psychological Issues
Withdrawal from intimate relationships
Being overly critical of others
Lack of compassion and empathy of others
Chronic relationship failure
Overactive Heart Chakra Physical Issues
Low blood pressure
Breast problems (breast cancer, mastitis, benign lumps)
Overactive Heart Chakra Psychological Issues
Constantly putting others' needs first
Chronic relationship failures
I find people with a blocked throat chakra were raised to suppress their voice like their words and thoughts didn't matter. This can also happen as an adult in both the workplace and personal relationships.
On the other hand, an overactive throat chakra can cause you to talk way too much and at the wrong time. This can happen to people who have to talk a lot due to their profession like singers, coaches, public speakers, salespersons, and teachers.
Anatomy: Throat, trachea, esophagus, neck, mouth, jaw, teeth, thyroid gland, cervical spine, pharyngeal nerve plexus
Blocked Throat Chakra Physical Issues
Lump in the throat
Jaw Pain and tightness
No sense of rhythm
Blocked Throat Chakra Psychological Issues
Problems with self-expression
Fear of speaking
Inability to discern the truth
Inability to say what you mean
Taking things too literally
Overactive Throat Chakra Physical Issues
Neck pain from hyperflexibility
Vocal nodes from talking, yelling, or singing too much
Overactive Throat Chakra Psychological Issues
Talking too much
Talking too loudly
Speaking without thinking
Inability to listen to others
Automatically speaking the truth without sensitivity to others
An ajna chakra blockage can feel like you don't have your head screwed on straight. You just don't notice things, lose things all the time, and not only is your perception blocked but your intuition is too.
When the ajna chakra is overactive, you may live in a fantasy world and spend too much time daydreaming and ignore your current situation and environment.
Anatomy: Brain, nerves, forehead, eyes, nose, pituitary and pineal gland, carotid nerve plexus
Blocked Ajna Chakra Physical Issues
Stroke because of blockage
Blocked Ajna Chakra Psychological Issues
Lack of imagination
Can't remember dreams
Chronic bad decision making
Denial of reality
Overactive Ajna Chakra Physical Issues
Headaches from dilated blood vessels
Overactive Ajna Chakra Psychological Issues
Psychic visions that interfere with normal life
Can't tell dreams from reality
Disconnection from reality
Being in your head too much
PTSD reliving the situation in your mind
When the crown chakra is blocked you feel cut off. The spirit is stifled and you will feel lost and may experience a spiritual crisis. This can happen after a powerful negative experience.
If instead, your crown chakra is too open then you are overloaded with spiritual energy that will push other important matters off of your radar. You may get addicted to the spiritual world and forget to live in the real one. This can also occur in people who are highly intellectual and get hyperfocused on their studies and continual learning.
Anatomy: Skull, brain, cerebral cortex
Blocked Crown Chakra Physical Issues
Nervous system failure
Headaches (at the crown of the skull)
Senility or Alzheimer's
Blocked Crown Chakra Psychological Issues
Feelings of isolation
Lack of inspiration
Spiritual crisis (dark night of the soul)
Overactive Crown Chakra Physical Issues
Headaches at the crown of the skull
Health problems related to poor hygiene or physical neglect
Overactive Crown Chakra Psychological Issues
Obsession or addiction to spiritual or intellectual practices
Religious or spiritual delusions/hallucinations
Uncontrolled out-of-body experiences
Dissociation the the body
You will notice that I didn't place autoimmune illness in relation to any chakra. That is because depending on the illness, it can be connected with different chakras. Many times autoimmune falls into the root chakra issues of safety, security, belonging, and old childhood wounds. But I have also found they can have a lot to do with the solar plexus, throat, and heart as well. The subconscious correlation is that you are laughing on the outside and crying on the inside. These illnesses can also occur from too much self-sacrifice and the body eventually says NO.
The chakras are only one way to look at what may be contributing to your illness. If one of the chakras resonated with you, I encourage you to dive deeper by watching some YouTube videos about it. I do have more information available about the root chakra here.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions you have or you can schedule a free tea time session with me and discuss where you could go from here.