Is chakra healing quackery?





Chakra healing is “one of the most profound and fundamental alternative therapies in the field of alternative medicine and holistic health.”
But is there any evidence for the existence of chakras, or evidence of efficacy for chakra healing? Or is it just quackery?
I’m only interested in robust, peer reviewed, scientific evidence please.
Mr Sunshine, thanks for the copy/paste. Interesting the disclaimer says “and scientific evidence of their effectiveness is only now beginning to be documented”. Well lets see it! Thats what I’m looking for.
Any professionals care to contribute?
Surely there must be some evidence for “one of the most profound and fundamental alternative therapies in the field of alternative medicine and holistic health”?


  1. It may be quackery,but scientific method explains that everything that isn’t proven scientifically doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. Scientific method provides for experiences that are anecdotes where judgments are made upon experiences. It doesn’t prove something to work,but it doesn’t prove it doesn’t either.
    Gary Y BTW I’m still waiting for you to respond again on my question. You know your hiding from your statements that discredited doctor’s reports about alt meds working,but you played dumb. So I clarified it and I’m waiting for you.

  2. Yes, chakra healing is certainly quackery. Chakras are involved in Yoga, and there’s no scientific proof they even exist. “The most profound and fundamental alternative therapies in the field of alternative medicine and holistic health” is just a synonym for “bovine dung”. I can hardly wait to see the “scientific evidence of their effectiveness [that] is only beginning to be documented” … NOT! I am certain there will never be any such documentation.

  3. HAI is YES at Japan, chakra healing is quackery, is no genuine evidence chakras exist, they are contrary of modern medicine, is similar of Chinese Chi meridians, is no mystical energy or life force, real physical energy is product of oxidation of foods, if use accupuncture, accupressure, moxibustion treat Chi is just placebo, chakra healing is similar, neither is real healing, I am certain Mr. Sunshine’s copy/paste is wrong, cannot document placebo effect.

  4. Just an interesting and ironic aside…..did you happen to notice that this website is registered to a Stephen Barrett? (Stephen H Barrett…..not the founder of Quackwatch)

  5. Copied from the disclaimer from the website you posted.
    It is based upon the theory, held by many but as yet unproven, that illnesses, afflictions and limitations of body, mind and spirit 1) have as their ultimate cause energetic defects in the “higher-dimensional energy field” surrounding the physical body, and/or 2) can be beneficially treated by correcting the energetic defects in this “higher-dimensional energy field.” While it is true that energy healing and similar alternative therapies have enjoyed rapidly-growing popularity in recent years, their effectiveness is currently a subject of controversy and intense debate, and scientific evidence of their effectiveness is only now beginning to be documented. At present, however, there is no comprehensive, definitive scientific evidence of the effectiveness of energy healing techniques. Educational programs in the healing arts, and healing training in alternative medical therapies, has likewise begun to flourish, and yet the majority of these activities (including instruction in and practice of energy healing) are thus far unlicensed and unregulated in most locations.

  6. I don’t know what a chakra is, and I can’t find anything peer reviewed. However for healing your chakras you should be looking at Quantum Elbowology. It’s the modern, scientific way to realign your chakras

  7. I’m not even sure what a chakra is. This definition says they are “Rotating vortices of subtle matter, they are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies.” and references a book which seems a very poor definition. “Subtle Matter” is nothing I’m aware of from the world of chemistry or sub-atomic physics, so either it doesn’t exist or it’s so new that no (even theoretical) papers have been published on it. Certainly I would imagine that a book entitled “Healing with the Chakra Energy System.” is perhaps a slightly unorthodox medium by which to present ground-breaking scientific theories.
    Hopefully someone will come along and enlighten us?

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