21 Nov Want to know the simple secret key to daily good health?
The belly button is that part of the body, which is least conversed about. However, this small part has possibly the most benefits, as it is connected to just about everything else in your body.
Belly Button has direct influence on total mind-body health.
The navel (known as ‘nabhi’ in Ayurveda) represents the origin of life and our existence. It is the umbilical cord in the fetus’s navel through which all the blood and nutrients are passed from the mother to fetus. Thus, the navel is the most significant door of our very first nourishment.
In Ayurvedic tradition, the navel is known as ‘Sira Mula’ i.e. the root of veins or blood vessels in the body. The total amount of blood vessels we have in our body are equal to twice the circumference of the earth! Hence the state of the navel often tells a story about our overall health.
How does your belly button regulate the state of your health?
‘The Gut’ (Intestines), situated right behind the belly button is home to millions of neurons – all of which are connected to the brain. Hence the connection between ‘gut feelings’ and many emotions. Our intestines hold 60% blood of our body, produce 90 per cent of serotonin and 50 per cent of dopamine. Serotonin and Dopamine are known as the ‘happy’ hormones due to the roles they play in regulating mood and emotion. Stagnant blood and energy in our gut, blocks the health of these functions and can lead to an array of negative effects.
Navel Therapy (Nabhi Chikitsa)
As an ancient practice, Navel therapy is about filling the belly button (on an empty stomach) with lukewarm oil for detoxifying, nurturing, and treating ailments in the body. Since the belly button presents an abundance of blood vessels and pathways to the body’s extremities, the absorption of oils through the navel pathways is very strong. Hence it has unbelievable health and beauty benefits. However, remember to keep the belly button clean all the time, as it is a very sensitive organ of the body and has tendency for the buildup of bacteria and fungi.
You should try Navel Therapy if you are looking to….
- Improve your mood, energy and cure depression
- Relieve chronic pain
- Want to sleep better
- Achieve hormonal balance
- Increase blood circulation
- Want to cool off the head and heat up the belly
- Improve your gut health and enhance your digestive function
- Promotes inner peace and empathy
- Sharpens eyesight
While Ayurveda has a variety of navel therapies available (Nabhi Purana, Nabhi Basti, Nabhi Lepa etc.), the simplest self-care is through oiling the belly button daily. Check out these enlisted oils and their specific benefits!
Our belly button is an amazing gift given to us by our creator. From the time we were a fetus till our adulthood, the navel continues to serve as a center of balance. Now that you are aware of the power of the navel, experience the miracle of treating daily lifestyle disorders through the powerful yet simple practice of oiling your belly button!