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Dr. Rita Khanna

In Northern India, navel displacement is called Nabhi Chadna / Tharan Chadna. Just as a
misalignment occurs within the spinal cord, so a misalignment of the navel and stomach
muscles (rectus abdominus) also occurs. It is the condition when the navel centre shifts.
In most cases, the navel will take a move in either an upward or downward direction;
only sometimes, does a sideways movement occur. The displacement is directly
connected with the navel, nerves, stomach muscles, and movement of Prana, and will
affect each of these in some manner. Normally, this problem corresponds to a weakening
of the ligaments related to large intestine.The problem is said to occur more in women,
and may produce unaccountable menstrual pain and excessive or scanty bleeding. The
ailments caused by this particular trouble usually involve only the abdominal area.


Uneven walking, running, unbalanced jumping, picking up heavy objects, a sudden

twisting or bending movement, sexual activity.


Symptoms are varied, according to the direction of movement. For instance, if the navel
has moved up, there is a chance of constipation, vomiting, or feeling of nausea. If the
navel has moved down, then it leads to diarrhoea. Whichever way it moves, there is
always pain in the abdominal area, which may extend into the back, buttocks, thighs, and
calves. After the navel has shifted once, it is a problem which occurs frequently
thereafter, unless Yogic precautionary practices are started.


• The misalignment can be detected, by using string to measure the distance from the
large toe of both feet, to the navel centre. Lie down on a flat surface - facing upwards. 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 the
area. 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 incorrect position.

Correct Yogic treatment, for displacement and its adjustment, eliminates this trouble
within a short period, say 3 to 4 days. The Asanas that should be mainly practiced are
those, 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. Following is a method of Uttanpadasana. It is very simple
and easy to do.


• Lie down straight on your back, with the palms flat on the floor, legs straight, and toes

• Inhale, and raise both legs upwards - up to 30 degrees - and hold it for 10 seconds.

• Then, 60 degrees; again hold it for ten seconds.

• Then, 90 degrees; and hold it again for 10 seconds.

• Then, in the same way, come back while exhaling.

• While returning, place the feet slowly on the floor - avoiding any jerks.

• After resting for a while, repeat the exercise 3 to 6 times.

This Asana helps in keeping the dislocated navel in its proper place.

Those suffering from acute backache - should practice it using one leg at a time.


• This Asana strengthens the intestines and makes them free of

diseases. It removes constipation, gas formation, obesity, and improves the digestive

• It is useful in preventing displacement of the navel, heart disease, stomach pain, and
respiratory problems.

• It is especially useful for backache - when performed using one leg at a time.


• Normally, elders have good knowledge about this problem. Some people cure this by
massaging the area near the navel. Make sure they have proper knowledge of massage’
otherwise, further damage may result.

• Another massage technique is applied to different areas of the

legs, corresponding to acupuncture points. When this method is used, a piece of string is
tied around the big toe, “to keep things in place.”

• Another method involves an herbal pack placed on the stomach.

• These latter methods are local Indian methods, usually practiced in the villages. They
provide good treatment, but fail to prevent recurrence. They can be used successfully in
conjunction with Asanas.

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