Does Gem Therapy Work?

If you have every heard of gem therapy, you might be wondering what it is and if wearing a certain gemstone could possible work. There are many people all over the world, who feel that this form of therapy works to help heal the body. Gem therapy is most aptly described as the wearing of precious and semiprecious stones for healing the body and emotional well being. Most of the time, people who believe in gem therapy will wear the stones as jewelry such as a necklace, ring or bracelet. Believers in gem therapy feel that all gemstones carry certain vibrations and when the gem or stone is placed within a person’s “aura”, it can change the mental and physical outlook of the wearer. It is also thought that the human aura consists of nine colors that include violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, infra-red and ultra violet. Any excess or deficiency of any of these colors can lead to illness and emotional distress.

Many believe that gem therapy does indeed work. People have been using a form of gem therapy for years. The idea of gem therapy is not new. The practice of healing with stones has been around for centuries. It can be traced to the Ancient Greek and Egyptians. The Vedas in India used gemstones for healing on a regular basis. They believed that certain imbalances could be corrected by wearing gems against the skin. Gems were also ground and were used in oral medicines. The use of gem therapy does not stop there. Even royalty wore certain gems on their crowns and in jewelry in hopes of having better health. Gems were also thought to influence not only the body, but also nature. Many believed that it was possible to increase wealth, power and popularity if worn properly.

Today, those who believe and practice gem therapy believe that the stones transmit certain wavelengths to the body. The wavelengths convert aura rays into a chemical form that the body can use to improve health. Those who believe in this therapy feel that when they wear the correct gems they have an overall sense of well-being and that they have improved sense of health. However, for every believer of gem therapy, there is a non-believer. There are many critics of gem therapy. Does gem therapy really work?

Those who believe in gem therapy feel that anyone can learn to use gems to their advantage. Those who practice in crystal therapy will point out that many people wearing certain gemstones report feeling better or have an improved sense of well-being when the gem is worn in the correct way. Believers say that crystals and gemstone do carry vibrations and channel good energy. These vibrations ward off bad energy. In addition, those who maintain that gem therapy works believe that gems can help with self-expression, creativity, and meditation. Gems can improve the immune system, too. They also believe that it is a much healthier and natural alternative to healing that taking prescription medication.

Not so, say critics of gem therapy. Some people say that there is no way a stone can actually make you feel better. Critics of gem therapy believe that the healing or sense of well being the wearer may feel when wearing a gem, is more about the power of suggestion or attitude, rather than actual healing. This is called the placebo affect. The placebo effect is a perceived or felt improvement, but not from the treatment. The sense of well-being comes from the mind and believing they are doing something to improve their health. Other critics argue that gem therapy has no basis at all. Critics say there are no scientific studies that show that gem therapy really helps the wearer, most of it is only wishful thinking instead. Many people have a hard time thinking that something like a gemstone can actually improve their health at all.

Those who dismiss gem therapy also believe that even if gem therapy had certain healing powers, a small gem worn on a necklace or bracelet would not be sufficient enough to heal. Instead, the whole body would need to be covered in the gemstone to show any effect at all. Critics also say that crystals and other gemstones cannot possibly harness and direct energy at all. However, it is a known fact that some gems do in fact produce an electrical charge when compressed.

Who can say for certain whether or not this form of alternative healing really works? If the idea of gemstone therapy is appealing, check into a book that helps explain all about gems and how gem therapy works. You do not simply put on a gem and expect it to heal whatever ails you. You must learn how the therapy works. It is recommended that beginners of gemstone therapy understand that different gems work differently from person to person. The simplest way to practice this form of therapy is to wear high quality gems of natural origin around the neck. It is said that some gemstones work better when soaked in rubbing alcohol and stored for up to a week. Synthetic gems are not recommended because these gems have been heated and changed during processing and do not work as well as natural gems.

If you are ready to learn more about gem therapy, there is a list of commonly used gems and what they are commonly used for:

Ruby: Opens the heart and helps the wearer overcome fear.
Coral: Strengthen the wearer’s emotions.
Black onyx: Helps change bad habits. It is believe that those wishing to lose weight or stop smoking wear a necklace of black onyx.
Emerald: Used to improve both physical and emotional well being.
Aquamarine: Helps the wearer handle difficult situations.
Sapphire: Believed to provide mental clarity.
Amber: Helps with depression and emotional stress.
Diamonds: Increases personal clarity.
Jade: Creates a sense of relaxation and help the wearer feel calm while reducing tension.
Opal: Believed to broaden the perspective of the wearer.
Rose Quartz: Helps give emotional balance and soothes the emotions.

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