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Feeling achy, cranky or scared? Maybe your chakra needs a tune-up

It's a new year, with new ideas, so how about a new approach to your wellbeing?

Sounds appealing, right? Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, a neuroscientist and the former director Wellspring Health in Scripps Memorial Hospital, knows her way around integrative medicine. Which means she says she can help us manage chronic disorders by mixing in fundamental changes in diet, behavior, and stress.

And as we spend our days rushing from school drop-offs, to morning meetings, to rushed lunches, to harried commutes home, who wouldn’t welcome something — anything — to make things go more smoother on your mind and body.

And that’s where your chakras come in. Chaudhary says there are 7 major chakras in the human body, and the chakra system is based on energy, with each one correlating to different organs as well as our mental and emotional state. The chakras work as an integrated team. So that means when one is out of whack, it can throw other chakras out of balance. Chakras are important in traditional Eastern medicine.

So how do you know when something is awry?

"If you have any type of chronic symptom, than you know a chakra is out of balance. The trick is figuring out which one is causing the main problem because when one chakra goes out of balance, it usually causes another one to also go out of balance," Chaudhary tells Megyn Kelly TODAY. "A good example is when the crown chakra goes out of balance, causing sleep disturbances, but also throws off the root chakra, causing constipation."

The possible solutions: "Herbs, specific foods, yoga, acupuncture, color therapy, and massage, but one of my favorite modalities is the use of sound to balance the chakras. Mantras are my favorite form of sound medicine because you can do them yourself and it doesn't cost you anything," says Chaudhary.

So without further ado, a look at the 7 chakras, how they work and why they matter.

Root Chakra (1st chakra)