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An Introduction to Crystal Therapy

By Cathie Welchman

What is Crystal Therapy?

Various crystals and minerals are placed on or around a fully clothed person to induce deep relaxation, release stress and pain, and promote energy balance within the physical and subtle bodies. The treatment takes around an hour and crystals may be used singly or in patterns. They are placed on sites of pain, on acupuncture points or meridians, or on subtle energy vortexes called chakras.

How does the treatment work?

Why would the specific placement of crystals have any effect on the well-being of our bodies? It is said that there is no such thing as a miracle, just undiscovered laws of physics. Crystals have the ability to hold and emit energy vibrations. When a crystal is put in a watch the battery sends a constant charge through the crystal. The crystal absorbs the charge, and then releases it at such a precise rate it is used to make the watch keep perfect time. Crystals affect our electro-magnetic energy fields or subtle bodies which surround and permeate the physical body. These include the etheric, emotional and mental bodies, which are collectively called the aura.

Crystals absorb, focus, direct and diffuse our energy fields to enable a diseased or out of balance body to find it's natural energetic rhythm once again. The appropriate crystals can be placed on the seven main chakras, which look like different coloured spinning wheels of subtle energy, running up the centre of the torso. These link the subtle energy fields of our aura with our emotions, glands, organs, physical body parts and subtle and physical circulatory flows. This is why wearing certain crystals such as yellow citrine may uplift you, rose quartz may help to ease heartache, and amethyst may calm a busy mind and help you to sleep.

If you know what effect each type of crystal has according to its colour, shape and mineral content, then you can make use of them to initiate a specific effect on the energy balance of chakras, meridians, energy, organs and emotions. Usually crystals with the points facing away from the problem area move the energy away from that area, and crystals placed with the points facing inwards recharge the body with subtle energies.

A Range of various CrystalsFor instance a pain such as a headache indicates an over-energy situation or energy blockage. A crystal such as an amethyst point can be used to move the energy away from the area of imbalance.

Four amethyst points are used. Lie down and place one amethyst on either side of the base of the throat, just above the innermost end of the collarbones. The points should be facing upwards towards the head. Place another amethyst on the brow chakra in the middle of the forehead with the point facing up towards the crown of the head. Place the fourth crystal above the crown of the head, with the point facing straight up and away from crown of the head.

A fifth optional amethyst can be put below the back of the head, on the cervical vertebrae of the neck, with the point facing up towards the head, if the headache originates from tight neck muscles. If you find it difficult to make the crystals stay in place you can tape them on with micropore. Relax with the crystals in place for 5-15 minutes, or for as long as it takes for the headache to ease. Drink plenty of mineral water following the treatment.

There are many layouts to choose from, so the therapist either works intuitively or dowses with a pendulum for the right layout. For instance the "Seal of Solomon" layout can also be used to relieve pain or stress. Six quartz points in a star formation can be placed around a painful spot, or around the whole body. A malachite stone can be placed in the centre to accelerate the dispersal of energy. Another layout called "The figure of eight" uses quartz crystals in the shape of a figure of eight to increase the movement of the body's electro-magnet energy where it has become sluggish.

Does it really work, or is it a gimmick?

Seal of Solomon Crystal arrangementOne of the best ways to find out whether a painless complementary therapy works is to try it out on an animal, small child or a plant. They do not need a belief in the treatment's efficacy, nor do they have the ability to understand the treatment, or suggest that the result could be just coincidence.

Much of my research in crystal therapy has been done with animals. Animals seem to be able to sense the beneficial electro-magnetic qualities of crystals. One of my cats so likes crystals he always goes to sleep on me with a paw over the crystal pendant I am usually wearing. He will also voluntarily sit in an amethyst healing net, composed of eight pointed amethysts in a star shape on a yellow cloth. I also know of a grey parrot who asks for a crystal to be rubbed down his back. He is able to tell when a crystal has been placed near his cage, even when the cage is covered over for night time.

Crystals can be placed on around the sick animal or child, but it is usually more convenient to place crystals on a drawing or a photo of them for a set period of time. Alternatively a gem essence can be added to their drinking water. Gem essences can be made in the same way as a flower essence by putting a gem in spring water and exposing it to sunlight for a couple of hours. Then brandy is added to the water to preserve it, and then a few drops of this mother tincture are used to make a stock essence. Then a few drops of the stock essence are then added to drinking water. However, even drinking water which has had a non-poisonous gem in water put in it overnight can have beneficial effects. Take the gem out before drinking it. Pearl is excellent for calming a traumatised animal or child, emerald is good for the cat that keeps vomiting up fur balls, and ruby is good for improving energy.

Do certain crystals clash if used together?

Some crystals such as ruby or garnet enhance vitality, and others such as amethyst, malachite and lapis calm over-energy states. In general warm coloured stones - red, orange and yellow - stimulate energy flow, and cool colours - blue, green and violet - generally calm overactivity. In a treatment some areas will need calming and others will need stimulating, but if you were to use a stimulating stone and a calming stone on the same spot it would simply neutralise the effect of each stone.

Can I use crystals to enhance the energies of my surroundings?

This is a huge subject, which many practitioners of Feng Shui go into in detail. Briefly for the lay person it is helpful to place a clear quartz point on top of computers and televisions, because they create electro-magnetic fields that adversely affect our energies. The crystals need cleansing regularly in clean water to prevent a build-up of electro-magnetic energy from the source. Quartz crystals can also be placed in windows or on windowsills to absorb or deflect adverse external energies, such as those emanating from electricity sub stations or pylon lines. The crystal points need to face towards the source of the adverse energy.

How can I use crystals on myself for my own healing?

You can wear the appropriate stone for healing as a bracelet, necklace or pendant. The healing may take some time as the crystal is only in contact with one small area of the body. For protection from adverse psychic energies crystals such as turquoise, labradorite or iolite can be worn over the chest. You can place crystal layouts on yourself as described earlier. You can also put the appropriate stones or layouts on a photo or drawing of yourself for an appropriate period of time.

There are many good books to help you find out what crystals you need for various imbalances. Books such as "Love is in the Earth" by Melody (Earth Love Publishing House, ISBN 0 - 9628190 - 0 -X) give detailed descriptions of each crystal, and a few, such as "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Crystal Healing" by Simon Lilly (Element, ISBN 1 - 86204 - 326 - 4 ) describe the various crystal layouts you can use for healing.

There are also many crystal workshops and training courses now available. Full training courses under the umbrella organisation ACHO usually take two years part-time, and include crystal geology, anatomy and physiology, colour healing, counselling, and practical layouts etc. A full list can be found at their website

So, the next time you pick up a quartz crystal hold it tightly in your hand for a minute or two. If you feel a kind of vibration or a pulse in your hand as you squeeze it, you're feeling the healing energy of that crystal running through your energy fields.

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About the author / more information

Cathie Welchman has a science background, gaining Biological Sciences degree from the University of Exeter in 1988. In 1996, after working as data analyst in chemicals and drugs at Reuters for some years, she ventured into complementary therapy, frst of all gaining a Crystal Therapy qualification with the Institute of Crystal and Gem Therapists. This was swiftly followed by Aromatherapy, Hypnotherapy, Reflexology, Bowen and Reiki qualifications, which allowed her to become a full time therapist in 1998. At around the same time she also launched her range of Gaia gem, flower, angel, Hawaiian, Magdalene and Sacred Space essences, having one of the largest range of gem essences on offer in the world. She currently works from Tiverton in Devon. If you are interested in having a healing crystal therapy session, or in trying any of her other therapies, please contact Cathie on 01884 259130 or email

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