The ancient belief that certain stones and crystals have healing properties has been held by many cultures. For example, the American Indians were given special stones at birth which were thought to have particular powers. We now know that all objects have a vibrational action: the electrons in the most ‘dead’ of substances are vibrating and maintaining an equilibrium within the molecules. It is theorized that gems and crystals give off a frequency that can affect the human body’s resonance and may, indeed, be curative. This theory may combine with colour therapy and be of benefit as an adjunct to more mainline treatments.

Many practitioners today use the energies emitted by precious and semi-precious stones to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Different stones are considered to have different therapeutic powers. For instance, a green stone will have a stress-reducing effect, while jade has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat disorders of the kidneys and bladder. Quartz and amethyst crystals are thought to be particularly powerful. The healer will either place the stones around the patient, or give them to be worn or carried. Crystals placed in a room are also felt to have a positive effect on the atmosphere.

Crystals can also be used in colour therapy, using a special light box. Light shone through different crystals will intensify their healing energy and give an array of colours that stimulate different parts of the brain. Electro-crystal therapy involves transmitting pulses of high-frequency electromagnetic energy through crystals and on to the part of the body to be treated. Gem essences or elixirs may also be taken, so that the healing energy of the stones is absorbed directly into the body.