How gemstone therapy works

How gemstone therapy works

Gemstone healing is one of the oldest techniques in history, with renewed popularity since the early 1980s. There is evidence of gemstone and crystal healing in the early Americas, Europe, Africa, and especially in Egypt, where “healer-queens” included Mentuhetop and Cleopatra. For example, a papyrus dated to before 1600 BCE explained the use of lapis lazuli for healing.

Gemstone healing remained popular worldwide until the mid-17th century when medicine began to move in other directions.

Today’s knowledge of colored stones and healing patterns comes from historical studies, especially text and art describing early medicine. Health care professionals are also confirming the astonishing accuracy of gemstone healing techniques channeled by seers such as Edgar Cayce.


Despite anecdotal success during the late 20th century, gemstone treatments were regarded as “fringe” and “quack.”

However, as gemstone healing grew in popularity, traditional doctors and scientists began to take note.

Marcel Vogel, the noted IBM scientist, devoted the latter part of his life to the study of gemstones and crystal healing. He studied the innate energy in crystals, with surprising results.

Some crystals are piezoelectric. This means that they can generate an electrical charge when the pressure around them changes. Early record players used piezoelectric crystals. These crystal needles could generate a current as they were dragged along grooves in a record.

In laboratory experiments, Vogel used quartz crystals to generate different varieties of energy.

In one experiment, Vogel used crystals to keep fruit juice fresh for months at room temperature, while the control grew moldy.

Vogel’s research continues, as other scientists study the often baffling successes of gemstone healing.


Gemstones are generally linked to goddess cultures. Some speculate that this trace back to a common source, ranging from Celtic explorers to the legendary continent of Atlantis.

For example, the Chinese goddess Kwan Yin and her South American counterpart, Chalchiuhtlique, are both represented by the all-healing gemstone, jade. The similarities between these goddesses exceed reasonable coincidence and are typical of the cross-cultural traditions linking goddess lore to specific gemstone healing practices.

The most popular gemstone techniques use quartz crystals, traditionally called the “veils of the earth” or “frozen light.” The word “crystal” comes from the Greek, “krystallos,” or “clear ice.” These names reflect a reverence for quartz; many cultures attributed quartz’s origins to angels or the gods.

You can use raw quartz crystals, including “points,” as well as rounded and polished quartz gemstones. The latter is more popular for soothing healing, but points are often used with acupressure. Health care professionals often use double-terminated quartz–raw crystals with a point at each end–because they can draw out negative energy, and project or radiate positive healing.


Quartz crystals can be used by placing the stone on the area of pain or discomfort. However, unless the quartz is used with a specific acupressure technique, additional physical or mental work may be necessary. Otherwise, the patient can perceive it as just a stone pressing on his or her body.

Skilled therapists often “charge” the quartz before healing, with energy rituals. These can include immersing the stone in natural sea salt during the three nights of the full moon or actively directing mental vibrations to resonate with the quartz. This technique is being confirmed by physicists studying “string theory” and the innate vibrations of all matter.

The use and placement of gemstones may follow traditional patterns or follow more intuitive directions. The stones can be left in place, rolled or gently moved across the body, or waved over areas of pain or inflammation.

Energy flows, called “chi” or “qi” in some Asian studies, maybe the primary focus. For this kind of gemstone healing, the patient holds a quartz crystal in one or both hands and has another quartz crystal at one or both feet. Visualizing energy flowing through the body from one crystal to the next, any blocks or areas of impaired energy movement are slowly opened. Once energy is flowing freely again, the body often heals itself.

Many professionals in alternative treatments such as Reiki use gemstones in their work, too.


Some healers apply specific gemstones to chakras (central energy areas in the body) but first, surround the patient with quartz crystals. The quartz protects the patient so that, as the negative energy is lifted from the body, he or she doesn’t replace it with more negative energy from the surrounding environment.

And, many traditional healers focus on the chakras and colors that activate them.

Chakras are a series of eight energy vortices in specific areas of the body. Through these eight points, healers can access problems, no matter what their level of origin: emotional, mental, or physical distress.

Gemstones used for this kind of healing match the color of the stone and the traditional associations of the chakra. For example, if someone complains of headaches, a violet stone (such as amethyst) might be used on the crown chakra, which is located at the top of the head. The stone would be placed just above the head, as the person rests on a bed or a soft mat on the floor.

For circulation problems, or issues relating to self-image, the healer might use a pink or red stone (such as rose quartz) on the heart chakra, just below the breastbone.

For general health, or for systemic issues, a healer might place an appropriate stone over each chakra. Some therapists use a specific sequence of stone placement or a pattern of gemstones along specific meridians.


Respected authorities in the fields of gemstone and crystal healing such as Catherine Bowman have been researching specific stone placement patterns. One of the most popular is the six-pointed star or double triangle. But, that pattern has proved to be extremely powerful, and a simpler pattern is recommended for beginners.

To treat a woman who is experiencing mental or emotional distress, the woman should be seated in the center of a room or–even better–in a peaceful, wooded area. You will place three unpolished quartz crystals each about one foot away from her, forming an equilateral triangle. You will use a fourth quartz crystal for the healing ritual.

Place one quartz crystal in front of each knee, and one behind her so that it is lined up with her spine. The points of the quartz crystals should direct energy towards the woman. When you place the first stone say, “Energy.” With the second and third stones say, “Wisdom,” and then, “Intuition.”

Pause quietly for a few moments, while the energy calms. Then, use a fourth quartz crystal to draw an imaginary (or physical) line connecting the three stones in the shape of a triangle.

Once the triangle is drawn, the woman may feel relaxed or energized, depending upon her mode of healing. In some cases, the woman may want to “talk out” the sources of her recent problems. This can be very helpful, but if it seems manic or unproductive, encourage her to find a quiet place within and nurture that.

The woman should sit inside this pattern of stones for no more than ten minutes. Then, remove the stones one by one. The woman will remain where she is for a few more minutes and then stand quietly. The healing ritual is now completed.

This is one of many patterns and rituals used in alternative medicine.


As physicists learn more about the vibrational nature of all matter, through the study of “string theory,” we may find answers to the successes of gemstone healing and therapy.

And, as scientists such as the late Marcel Vogel conduct controlled experiments with quartz and other crystals, healing techniques may be refined and expanded.

Laying on of stones may be one of the world’s most time-honored healing methods. As we learn more about gemstones through scientific study and practice, we may discover new and more successful approaches to these old ways of healing.

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