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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 154-156

Comprehensive review on physioanatomical aspects of Manipura Chakra

Department of Rachana Shareera, Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Ayurveda and Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/joa.joa_261_20

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Introduction: Chakra (wheel) is the energy points which are present in the subtle body and are seven in number. Out of the seven Chakra, Manipura Chakra is the third one. It has control on several functions of the digestive system. Objectives: The objective of the study is to evaluate the physioanatomical aspects of the Manipura Chakra. To find out the relationship between Manipura Chakra and celiac plexus. Data Source: Textbooks related to awakening and healing of Chakra, Sat Chakra Nirupana, Sushruta Samhita, Charaka Samhita, Ashtanga Hridaya, B. D Chaurasia's Human Anatomy, Articles, and Internet sources. Review Methods: The present work is done by reviewing the literature on the basis of data compiled from classical texts, contemporary science, published research works, articles related to Manipura Chakra, and celiac plexus. The obtained literature was critically analyzed, interpreted, and presented. Results: The position of Manipura Chakra is said to near the navel. The fire is mentioned as the main attribute of the Manipura Chakra, which in the form of Pachaka Pitta with the help of Samana Vayu governs all the functional aspects of digestion and metabolism. On the basis of positional, structural, and functional similarity, Manipura Chakra can be considered as celiac plexus. Conclusion: Blockage of center of Manipura Chakra can impair gastrointestinal functions which in turn may lead to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. Stimulation of Manipura Chakra by means of Beejamantra recitation, Yogasana, and Mudra assists in overcoming diseases related to the gastrointestinal tract and promotes health.

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