I am guessing that a lot of my audience loves crystals and does some kind of crystal healing – whether it’s just having a few around the house, having a Himalayan salt lamp, or some pretty jewelry.
If you are anything like me – you love these beautiful gems!
I personally have many crystals around my home. I use them for various methods of focusing. Like having something to focus on during meditation, or having a physical object to focus an intention on – like rose quartz for love.
I even make crystal grid bases using sacred geometry and other sacred symbols.
(Here’s a link to my Etsy shop if you are interested. 🙂 – https://www.etsy.com/shop/EtchandEmbers
But, as you all know – this website and newsletter are dedicated to exploring all things spiritual in a scientific way.
I always say, it doesn’t have to have scientific evidence for me to believe in it, but it’s really fun when it does!
So, let’s get down to it!
Do crystals really heal?
I read about 7 articles and searched high and low for the scientific studies about crystal healing. They all came back saying the exact same thing.
Crystals have the potential to heal, but it’s not the crystal doing the healing.
(How’s that for a complicated and circular answer!?)
Here’s what I mean:
In an article on Today.com
Heather Askinosie, author of Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You, states,
“If you believe grabbing a crystal will change your life, you’re going to be really disappointed — the only one that can change your life is you,”
From Stuart Vyse, a psychologist and author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition
“But people feel better using them, that’s undeniable — that’s why people continue to use them. [People are] given the illusion that they have control over things that they, in reality, don’t have control over.”
Were there any studies!??? Only one was ever conducted:
One of the only studies ever to explore crystal healing was done in 2001 by University of London psychologist Christopher French. He gave 80 volunteers booklets explaining the sensations they might have while holding crystals, including tingling limbs, increased concentration, and heightened energy. Then he gave half of the participants genuine gemstones and the other half fakes made of cheap plastic. Those holding a fake were just as likely to respond physically as those holding the real thing. French’s conclusion: The power of suggestion — not flowing energy — was to credit.https://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20180116/can-crystals-heal-separating-facets-from-facts
But sometimes they actually work! So – what’s going on here?
The Real Placebo Effect
Ted Kaptchuk, PhD, director of the Program in Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School, says the placebo effect is often wrongly assumed to be “all in your head” — a “fake” response to an inert substance. But brain imaging studies have shown that when a patient performs an action, such as taking a sugar pill or getting a sham acupuncture session, it activates very specific regions in the brain and can trigger the release of feel-good hormones like endorphins, dopamine, and natural painkillers.
“We are talking about a real biological process, not something you are just making up,” says Kaptchuk.https://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20180116/can-crystals-heal-separating-facets-from-facts
From James Giordano, PhD, a professor in the departments of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University:
The mere ritual of flipping on a salt lamp, donning a crystal, or paying a visit to a reiki practitioner, with the expectation it can help you, can evoke measurable changes in the brain and body — a.k.a. the placebo effect.
And there may be other things at play that scientists don’t have the tools to study yet, he says. “Sometimes we scientists think we know how things work, or don’t work, and we really don’t.”
Several more articles all saying the same thing – the placebo effect is what is at play, but that the placebo effect is real and real benefits are being experienced.
I personally think there is more going on, but even if that’s all it is, I still love them and love having them in my house.
Crystals make me feel better, they are beautiful, and they are a meditation and intention focal point for me in the real world that I can touch and hold.
When I started this research topic I must confess, I was very hopeful that it would be one of those things that does have scientific backing, like Reiki Healing, but alas – I am here for the truth, and the truth what I have written for you all here.
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