Crystal Healing: Stone-Cold Facts About Gemstone Pseudoscience

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Crystal healing is an alternative medicine technique that employs crystals and other stones as conduits for natural healing energy.  The stones are said to channel positive energy into the body to cure or protect against disease while removing negative energy. 

Crystal healing philosophy taps into the traditional Asian concepts of life-energy (chi or qi) and chakras, which are vortices of this life-energy said to connect the physical and supernatural elements of the body.  Yet because crystal healing so often is incorporated into the practice of astrology, soothsaying and modern witchcraft, as well as the belief in reincarnation, intelligent extraterrestrial life and the lost city of Atlantis, even ardent proponents of alternative medicine tend to dismiss it as a useless therapy, if not ludicrous.

No studies have ever demonstrated any therapeutic value for crystal healing.  At a purely scientific level, there is no evidence that disease is caused by poor cosmic energy flow — positive or negative — or that crystals and gems can be differentiated by chemical composition or color to treat a particular ailment.

Written By: Christopher Wanjek
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16 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #5 by IDLERACER:

      … they are about as useful as rocks

      Maybe the time is right for ‘Pet Rocks’, the next generation. $$$

      An actress has large quartz crystals and a teepee at her casa – creates a “serene place to relax”.

  1. I would be surprised if contemplating pretty rocks did not have some soothing effect, not because the rocks did anything, just because they are aesthetically pleasing. These must have seemed magical to our ancestors. They are quite unlike most everything else you find.
    Some of my favourites are malachite, star saphire, opal.

    • In reply to #7 by Roedy:

      I would be surprised if contemplating pretty rocks did not have some soothing effect, not because the rocks did anything, just because they are aesthetically pleasing. These must have seemed magical to our ancestors. They are quite unlike most everything else you find.
      Some of my favourites are mala…

      Yep- who can fail to see beauty in them? One reason I read geology at university.
      That was in the late Permian, though as I recall.

    • Roedy,
      Some years ago, I was having a beef with a fellow teacher. He was busy “godding” me and I was busy deflecting and proving him wrong. One morning during breakfast, my very young son reached into a cereal box and pulled out a shiny plastic green “rock”. It was a promotion of some sort, but he handed it to me and proclaimed it “dad’s good luck shiny green rock”.

      I brought it to work and proceeded to try to pick a fight with that same colleague over whose “shiny green rock” was “luckier”. He hasn’t bothered with me since.

      I keep it in my briefcase and break it out every once in a while to illustrate some point.

      In reply to #7 by Roedy:

      I would be surprised if contemplating pretty rocks did not have some soothing effect, not because the rocks did anything, just because they are aesthetically pleasing. These must have seemed magical to our ancestors. They are quite unlike most everything else you find.
      Some of my favourites are mala…

    • In reply to #7 by Roedy:

      I would be surprised if contemplating pretty rocks did not have some soothing effect, not because the rocks did anything, just because they are aesthetically pleasing. These must have seemed magical to our ancestors. They are quite unlike most everything else you find.
      Some of my favourites are mala…

      Have you seen fossilized dinosaur bone? Love it!!! It made me realize that dinosaur bones are more common than people know. I asked the vendor about this and they commented that quality fossils are reserved for museums etc. but there is plenty of mismashed fossils which can be legally sold. I wish I would have bought a larger piece.

  2. I love Swarovski crystals and enjoy fashioning them into little animals and other miniature 3D objects.They are so pretty and it is soothing to work with them, but healing? I think not.

    Just another way of separating folks from their money.It’s distressing how many ways the gullible can be relieved of their cash.

  3. No studies have ever demonstrated any therapeutic value for crystal healing

    But, but, but…for those having a vague sense of unease and more money than sense… (Courtesy of Mitchell & Webb)

    Mike

  4. In answer to 8 by Bluebird

    I am always irritated when reasonably scientific books refer to the beautiful shapes of “snowflakes”. They don’t mean snowflakes, they mean the ice crystals of which snowflakes are made. Snowflakes themselves are just blobs.

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