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The followers of stone medicine are convinced that with the help of precious stones, mental and physical health can be promoted. In this article we inform you about when healing stones have been used, how their effects are explained, what healing powers are attributed to different stones and how they are used.
Note: The effect of healing stone therapy has not yet been scientifically proven. This form of therapy is assigned to alternative medical procedures. If you have complaints of a physical or psychological nature, please have your doctor or health care professional clarify them as a precaution before using or treating yourself with healing stones.
Humans have valued gemstones and crystals for many thousands of years. They were offered to the gods as gifts, worn as lucky charms or used as jewelry. The Chinese discovered the healing abilities of the stones thousands of years ago and treated people with them by placing them on certain parts of the body. Assyrians and Babylonians made healing tinctures from precious stones. In the ancient Indian teaching of Ayurveda there are also recipes for the production of pastes, powders and elixirs from precious stones, which are said to have a healing effect.
In Germany, the well-known Benedictine Hildegard von Bingen dealt extensively with the effects of healing stones in the eleventh century and applied them. Around the same time, a French bishop named Marbod described in his book "Lapidarius" the supposed mode of action of sixty gemstones.
In the age of industrialization, knowledge about the power of stones was forgotten. However, the method has been rediscovered in recent years and is very popular with many people.
How the healing stones work
Stones have a so-called crystal lattice, which defines their structure and gives them stability. Depending on the type of their crystal structure, the healing stones should have a different effect. The atoms all have a specific seat within this structure, which is slightly different for each stone. Accordingly, different vibrations emanate from each stone; these are also called frequencies. An explanatory model for the effect of healing stones is that the vibration of a well-chosen stone is able to bring the natural vibration of sick cell groups in the body of humans or animals back into balance.
In addition, the healing effect is explained by the mineral classes and trace elements it contains. The mineral classes include natural elements, sulfides, halides, oxides, carbonates, sulfates, phosphates and silicates. Trace elements are, for example, iron, zinc, iodine and selenium.
What could also influence the effect of the stones is their color. So each color also has a certain vibration and should act very differently on the organism.
According to the theory of gemstone or healing stone therapy, the effect of the stones on the body is made up of several factors: First, the vibration of the color penetrates the body, which has a certain meaning and associated effect. Added to this is the composition of the stone: the content of minerals and trace elements, which are largely contained in the organism, ensures different effects. The third factor is the mentioned special frequency of the different gemstones. In many cases, supporters of this form of therapy need to use several stones in order to achieve the desired success.
Color effect of the healing stones
Color is created by exposure to light. Light and color create vibrations. Each color has an individual energetic vibration and thus achieves different effects according to the theory of stone healing.
red is the color of love, embodies temperament and energy. Red is said to have a warming effect. Determination and consistency should be supported by red. However, an excess of red should lead to aggression.
The color orange stands for balance. It is supposed to provide relaxation and free from blockages.
With yellow everything gets flowing. It is designed to promote cheerfulness and sociability.
green is considered the color of hope. This color is important for every new beginning and should ensure inner peace.
blue is a cool color and is said to bring rest and relaxation. It stands for cleanliness, but also for sobriety and defense.
Gold colored Stones are said to support heart function and bring light into life.
Pink Stones are supposed to promote self-love and create a child's feeling of happiness even in many adults.
The color indigo consists of violet and dark blue. It is said to have an intensive effect on all sensory organs and alleviate pain.
violet is the color of spirituality and purification. This color is said to promote sleep.
White stands for clarity, purity and should have an antispasmodic effect.
Black Stones are said to have an analgesic effect. They are designed to help resolve trauma.
Vibration energy of the healing stones
Every matter sends out vibrations, both positive, neutral and negative. Stone medicine, for example, assumes that computers, for example, cause negative vibrations that can burden us. According to this teaching, however, gemstones have powerful and positive vibrations that are said to have a harmonizing, stimulating, calming, protective and healing effect. If the human being, which consists of body, soul and spirit, is out of balance, then according to this theory the correctly chosen healing stone can bring the whole structure back into harmony and achieve healing in this way.
Effect of minerals and trace elements
Healing stones consist of minerals and trace elements. Most of them are contained in the human and animal organism. Examples of minerals are calcium, magnesium and sodium. The trace elements include fluorine, zinc, chlorine and selenium. Minerals and trace elements are vital for humans and animals. Since gemstones and semi-precious stones also contain these substances, it is conceivable that, among other things, they should have a positive effect for this reason.
Types of applications
There are many different types of application in stone medicine. This includes wearing the selected stone on the skin, for example in the form of a chain, a bracelet or a drilled stone using leather or silk ribbon. In addition, stone healing is often practiced in stone medicine, especially in therapeutic treatment in practice. After a detailed medical history, the appropriate stones are determined and then placed on certain areas of the body. For example, laying on a magnesite should be extremely helpful in case of cramps in the abdomen. This is a white stone that contains magnesium and is said to help against cramp-like pain in the hollow organs.
Massaging with stones is also part of stone healing. Suitable stones in the form of balls, styluses or flat stones are used to massage body areas.
It can also be taken internally, for example in the form of gem water, in which a certain stone is placed in clear, still water for several hours and then drunk.
Gemstone essences are being used more and more frequently. Similar to Bach flower therapy, the vibration of the stones is to be transferred to an alcohol solution. This means that the gem essence lasts for a longer period of time and does not have to be re-mixed daily, as is the case with gem water.
Many advocates of stone healing carry the selected stones in their pockets as so-called flatterers. Flatterers are stones that are shaped so that they are comfortable to hold.
Meditation can be supported by pulling in the right gem. This is held in the hand during meditation, put on a chain or placed in the form of several stones as a stone circle around it. Rock crystals, rose quartz or amethyst are often used here.
Examples of possible uses for some gemstones
In the following we will introduce you to some selected gemstones and describe the properties and possible uses ascribed to them according to healing stone theory.
Rose quartz is a shimmering pink stone, which chemically consists of SiO2 (silicon dioxide) and belongs to the family of quartz. This gemstone is mainly mined in Namibia, Kenya, Brazil and Madagascar. Rose quartz is considered a stone of love and heart and is said to have the most diverse healing effects on the body, both in humans and in animals. Its main effect is said to be in the area of the heart, blood and circulation. It should ensure vitality and fertility, strengthen the sense of beauty in the world, intensify love, trust and love.
The rock crystal is also chemically made of SiO2 and also belongs to the quartz crystal. The main sites for the rock crystal are Brazil and the Alps. The rock crystal is one of the most famous healing stones and is said to have healing properties for a variety of organs, as it is said to have a strong cleansing effect. Rock crystal is mainly used in stone medicine to protect against computer radiation, especially in combination with rose quartz.
The violet amethyst also belongs to the quartz family and consists of silicon dioxide. It occurs mainly in Brazil, Uruguay, Western Australia and Mexico. The amethyst is a very special protective stone and is said to have a calming effect on the heart and nerves. Placed under the pillow, it should ensure healthy sleep. According to the theory of healing stones, the amethyst has a positive effect on creativity and provides the right view of true friends.
Cleaning of healing stones
According to theory, all healing stones have to be cleaned regularly. This should serve to emit negative vibrations so that the stones can then develop their full potential again. Most stones are rinsed under running cold or lukewarm water and can then be “charged” in an amethyst druse (this is an amethyst stone with a cavity in which other stones can be placed) or near rock crystal. Other stones in turn are "unloaded" on hematite stones or a bowl of salt overnight. The way of cleaning should be asked when buying so that the structure of the stone is not affected by "wrong" cleaning.
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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