Does crystal healing really work?

By TNT Bureau

Dec 17, 2015: In the current era where gemstone treatments receive a lot of warm responses, scientists and medical doctors have come up with the question as to whether crystal healing actually works or not.

On the other hand, the practitioners of crystal healing say that it works as a therapeutic method that has healing powers and can even eradicate a number of diseases from the body.

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However, according to science there is absolutely no proof that crystal healing can be used to reduce or treat illnesses. This is because illnesses are not caused due to loss of so- called energy flow within the body. Additionally, no scientific research has revealed that gems and crystals can be distinguished by color to cure ailments.

Nonetheless, crystal healing has emerged as a popular healing process and is functional on a number of health clinics and spas.

How is crystal healing supposed to work?

The proponents of gemstone healing are of the opinion that crystals contain therapeutic properties. They also claim that the history of such practices date back to some 6,000 years ago to the time of the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians of Mesopotamia where people used crystals such as turquoise, lapis lazuli and camelian to eliminate diseases and restore positive energies.

However, the viewpoint of modern gemstone treatment is based on conventional concepts borrowed from Chinese culture (chi or qi) and Hindu concept of chakras.

In crystal healing, stones are assigned various properties, though healers have different ideas about which stones possess which properties. Amethyst, for example, is believed by some to be beneficial for the intestines; green aventurine helps the heart; yellow topaz provides mental clarity. Colors red through violet are associated with seven chakra points on the body.

Crystal healing is also involved with using stones that are placed under trhe pillow or even worn on the body to shoo away the negative energies and eliminate diseases.

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How crystal healing really works?

While there is no scientific evidence whether crystal healing is actually effective or not, a recent study conducted said that such healing can persuade a kind of a placebo effect within people who are receiving the treatment. Now, placebo effects are those kinds of effects that escort a treatment that are not directly due to the treatment itself acting on the disease of the patient.

In simpler words, a patient might just feel better after receiving crystal healing treatment. But, there is no scientific evidence to prove that the positive results has anything to do with the gemstones or not.

In 2001, a study on the effectiveness of crystal healing was conducted by French and his team at London University. The researchers asked 40 people to hold a real quartz crystal and meditate for 5 minutes and other 40 people were given fake crystals and asked to do the same.

After investigation and series of questioning it was found that some people from both the groups claimed that they felt warm energies of the crystals.

French commented, ?There is no evidence that crystal healing works over and above a placebo effect,” French told Live Science. “That is the appropriate standard to judge any form of treatment. But whether or not you judge crystal healing, or any other form of [complementary and alternative medicine], to be totally worthless depends upon your attitude to placebo effects.”

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