According to the Indian philosophy and spirituality, there are seven centers of power in the human body. These centers are known as ‘Chakras.’ The seven chakras of the human body regulate and balance the energy and can affect your health in both positive and negative ways. The chakra located near your throat is known as the Vishuddha chakra. This is the fifth chakra and is located in the neck region near the spine. The term Vishuddha in Sanskrit means pure or purification. This chakra, with its activation point near the depression of the throat, is thought to control several things, but especially communication.
The Vishyddda chakra is closely associated with speech and hearing, naturally having a profound effect on communication. An imbalance between speaking and listening, the two aspects of communication, can manifest itself in multiple ways. Some of the indications of an imbalance include excessive talking, lying, arrogance, being manipulative, being shy and being timid. Balance in this chakra is essential for proper expression of oneself – both verbal and otherwise.
Another way the power of this chakra can be felt is in containment in our lives. If the Vishuddha chakra is in harmony, we feel content and happy. May it be in our personal or professional lives. The throat chakra is also our emotional center. Many chakra and kundalini enthusiasts believe that the formation of a lump in your throat when you are sad is the manifestation of this chakra. Apart from the throat and ears, this chakra is also associated with your shoulders and other areas. An imbalance in this chakra can cause problems in these regions as well.
What are the physical effects of an imbalanced Vishuddha chakra?
Anatomically this chakra has proximity to the thyroid gland, which is an important part of your endocrine system. The thyroid hormones play a vital role in regulating your metabolism and many other body functions. During childhood, these hormones play a crucial role in the growth and development as well. A proper functioning thyroid is responsible for maintaining a healthy larynx, trachea, ears, nose, mouth and throat.
If the throat chakra is out of balance and is blocked, you may see the physical manifestation of this in the form of conditions such as laryngitis, hypothyroidism, lack of motivation, cold sores, hoarse voice, jaw and gum pain, headaches and difficulty in speech. You may also see a behavioral change in the form of extensive lying, gossiping and an inability to communicate properly.
Emotional effects of the throat chakra
The Vishudha Chakra is also associated with expression and creativity. It controls many creative functions such as writing, music, smell and taste. A balanced chakra enables us to hear what others have to say, process this information and respond in a proper manner.
However, when this chakra is blocked, there is a serious lapse in communication. Some people tend to avoid talking and start overindulging in food and drink. The blockage in this chakra can also cause a significant reduction in self-esteem and feelings of hatred, bitterness and anger may manifest.
How to control your throat chakra?
If you feel that your throat chakra is blocked or needs a jumpstart, the first step is to open up and let go. Some things can be done to get the chakra back on the right track:
Singing and playing music can help you stimulate the blocked throat chakra. So, sing your favorite song or play your favorite instrument.
Massage and Reiki
A good massage can open up the blocked chakras efficiently. Reiki is also an excellent way to re-energize the chakras. You can ask your massage therapist if they are also Reiki masters, that way you can get the benefits of both.
Aromatherapy is also a great tool to open up your chakras. However, when trying out aromatherapy, make sure that you are using the proper scents. Eucalyptus is one of the best scents to try. It opens up suinues and energizes the throat chakra.