Chakras is a word derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. It is used here to describe the seven major centers of energy in the body. These centers correspond to various parts of the physical, spiritual, mental and etheric body. There are also correspondences as to location, body parts, glands, senses, mental states, spiritual and psychological functions and malfunctions, etc. Illness is seen as an imbalance in the chakras, blocking energy flow. The more blocked or imbalanced, the more serious the illness. Likewise, balance in the chakras is manifested by a state of well-being and health.