Nabhi Parikashan or Checking ones Navel Position

What is Nabhi ?

Nabhi in other colloquial Indian terms for navel. It is a scar in the abdomen in the attachment site of umbical cord. There are details of Nabhi and its importance in the web. So we are not going to repeat what you can find elsewhere. Here is a very good article on Wikipedia on the subject

Ancient Indian, Unani(greed) , Chinese & Japanese system of medicine recognizes the Nabhi or navel as one of the most important physiological determinant for a healthy body. It is through this end point through which a fetous is supplied with food and life giving nutrients. In yogic parlance, we can call the centre for ‘Jeevani Shakti’ (life force). In modern medical science, the umbical cord is being preserved for gene therapy not only for the baby but his or her siblings too.

In spiritual context of yoga, nabhi is the third chakra of the subtle body. It is the nucleus of our body which makes us peaceful and generous. When enlightened by the Kundalini, it expresses as righteousness and inner sense of morality, and it gives us complete balance at all levels in our life. The ultimate aim of Yoga is ‘yog’ or assimilation of an individual to the almighty i.e. the superconciousness. Body is then considered to be important carrier towards this aim. As such in yoga practice a healthy nabhi is of paramount importance. Healthy nabhi means healthy body which can be attuned for higher spiritual practice.

At Devarshiyoga pith, nabhi parikshan or navel checkup is given special importance along with swar vigyan in therapeutic yoga as well its regular practice. It is one of the first thing we check. According to many practitioners of yoga, ayurveda or unani medicine, if a patient has displaced nabhi or navel, the prescribed medicine or the asanas will not show its effect. Our founder Shri Vijay Yogi in his 30 long years of practicing yoga and naturopathy has cured many patients who complained of no relief through prolonged medication and extensive diagnosis. So in case you are a person who is undergoing such predicament, just check you nabhi or navel and fix it. You will feel a first hand experience to this wonderful ancient concept. We now explain nabhi displacement.

Nabhi or Navel Displacement

A concept unrecognized by modern medical science is the concept of ‘moving navel’. Just as a misalignment may occur within the spinal cord, so a misalignment of the navel and stomach muscles (rectus abdominus) may also occur. Navel or Nabhi is also called dharan.In northern india there is a comman prevelant saying ‘dharan sarakna’ when one is having loose motion. ‘Sarakna’ means slow movement or displacement. In most cases the navel will take a move in either an upward or downward direction, sometimes a sideways movement is also noticeable- The displacement is directly connected with the navel, nerves, stomach muscles and movement of prana, and will affect each of these in some manner. The causes may be activities like picking up heavy objects, climbing a tree or wall, jumping form heights and landing on uneven surfaces, slipping, and sexual activity.

Symptoms or Indication of displaced nabhi

i) This problem is said to occur more in women than men and may produce excessive or scanty bleeding during periods. Painful periods is one the symptoms.
ii) Sudden and continued constipation
iii) Vomiting or feeling of nausea.
iv) Diarrhea
v) Pain in the back, thighs, calves.

Nabhi Parikshan or Checking the navel

• The misalignment is be detected by comparing the distance between each of two longest toe of both the feets and the navel centre. The person is made to lie down on a flat surface facing upwards in shava asana pose. Next one long string is taken. The distance beetween the nabhi and right foot longest toe is measured. The same process is repeated for the left longest toe. If there is a difference in the length of these two measurements, it indicates a shift in the navel position. However, when measuring the position with string, care should be taken to ensure that the body is correctly aligned.

• The original position can also be detected, in some people, by feeling for a pulse in and around the navel. Lie on a flat surface – facing upwards, and press your thumb in the navel. If there is a throbbing sensation under the navel, it means the pulse and navel are together; the position is correct.

• In men, the measurement can be taken from the right, and left nipples, to the navel. If disparity in distance is there, it indicates the displacement of navel

Yoga for a displaced navel

Correct Yogic treatment, for a short period, says 3 to 4 days is seen to eliminate this trouble. Basically asanas which give equal backward stretch to the rectus abdominus muscles. Asanas, such as Uttanpadasana, Bhujangasana, Matsyasana, Kandharasana, Supta vajrasana, Chakrasana, Dhanurasana, Makarasana, Naukasana, and Matsyakridasana, will give relief. Shankhaprakshalana asanas can also be effective. No forward bending Asanas can be practiced, except Shashankasana and Marjariasana, in some cases. After the cure, practice of these Asanas should continue, so that stomach and back muscles strengthen and prevent further recurrence. The patient should take light food for 3-4 days.

One last point to add is that even if a person does not show sign of displaced navel, he or she should undergo nabhi parikhshan for couple of initial yoga classes. Regular practice of yoga keeps one naval health.