Do Crystals Really Help to Treat Chronic Diseases?

Do Crystals Really Help to Treat Chronic Diseases?

Last Reviewed : 12/24/2020
 Do Crystals Really Help to Treat Chronic Diseases?

Crystal healing is the therapeutic application of crystals or gem stones that aid in healing. Some authors describe crystal healing as “The application of crystals to aid the body’s energy system find a healthy and comfortable point of balance to improve the quality of life.” It is most commonly used in pain management in cases of arthritis. However, there are different varieties of crystals that are used for healing many diseases.


Crystals for Healing Diseases

Some of them are:

  • Quartz: This is primarily for pain management
  • Amethyst: Useful in headaches. Dark amethyst for migraine and chevron amethyst for blocking the pain sensation when placed near the source of pain
  • Chrysocolla: It is used along with copper to provide rapid relief in cases of joint pains particularly arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chlorite, citrine, obsidian, agate, jasper, variscite, turquoise and thulite, a pink variety of zoisite, can be effective for wind pains
  • Period pains: Chrysocolla, Ruby, Moonstone, Kunzite and Jade
  • Dioptase elixir: This is also used for pain management
  • Citrine, dioptase and Boji Stone: Post-operative pain management
  • Calcite crystals: Basically applied in emotional pain management
  • General aches: Rose quartz, aragonite and charoite
  • Celestite: This is used for any physical pain
  • Sugilite: Well, sugilite is used for treating headaches
  • Selenite and lingham: These crystals are used for treating back pains
  • Stress: Black Tourmaline/Rose Quartz/Amethyst/Tiger’s Eye/Red Jasper/Green Aventurine
  • Pain: Amethyst/Black Tourmaline/Red Jasper
  • Immune Systems: Carnelian/Green Aventurine/Sodalite/Quartz
  • Sleep: Amethyst/Kyanite/Sodalite/Muscovite
  • Emotional Issues: The stones for emotional issues include Rose Quartz/Blue Apatite/Green Aventurine


Evidence from Modern Medicine

Stuart Vyse, an American psychologist, in his book "Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition’ stated that "There is no scientific evidence to support the medical effectiveness of any of these remedies. But there is the possibility that they might have an indirect psychological benefit."

Dr. Christopher French, a psychologist at Goldsmith’s College, London, set out to test the effects of crystals on 80 volunteers. Half of them were given real crystals while the other half were given fake gem stones. The effects of these two were studied. The volunteers were briefed about the sensations they might have experienced after holding the crystals.

Surprisingly, only 6 out of 80 did not report any effects. Rest all of them reported at least one sensation which was narrated to them before the start of the study by the researcher.

Dr. French found no difference in the sensations reported by those holding a real quartz crystal and those given a fake one. As a result, he concluded that it is purely due to the psychological belief of the participants - irrespective of being given original or fake crystal.

Modern medicine describes it as a pseudoscience as there is no enough evidence that these crystals actually aid in healing process. Many studies have proven that it is only the placebo effect or psychological feeling of the patient.


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