Gemstones, crystals, healing stones — these vibrant hunks of earth go by many names, and they’re extremely popular among alternative medicine practitioners. But what exactly are they, and what’s the meaning behind chakra stones?
Are chakra stones just a new-age fad, or do they actually have healing properties? Keep reading to find out more!
What Are Chakra Stones
Chakra stones are minerals or gemstones — think quartz, topaz, or amethyst — that supposedly respond to concentrated energy centers located throughout the human body. These energy centers are known as chakras, and if you’ve taken a yoga class or had a reiki session, then you’ve likely already heard of them.
The idea behind chakras isn’t new. In fact, it’s been around for thousands of years, originally appearing in the Vedas, which most people consider to be the oldest existing religious texts in the entire world. The word chakra itself comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel.”
There are seven major chakras located throughout the body:
What Are The Uses Of Chakra Stones
Chakra stones are primarily intended to focus, unblock, or balance our chakras. Different minerals or gemstones are purported to target the different major chakras, relieving a whole host of potential physical and mental symptoms.
Why Are There Multiple Chakra Stones, And What Do They Do?
Every chakra stone has a unique connection to one of the specific major chakras and may potentially help alleviate symptoms associated with that chakra’s imbalance.
- Red Jasper
- Smokey Quartz
- Red Tiger’s Eye
- Black Tourmaline
- Peach Moonstone
- Orange Aventurine
- Tiger’s eye
- Rose Quartz
- Green Aventurine
- Blue Sodalite
- Blue Lace Agate
- Lapis Lazuli
- Clear Quartz
Do Chakra Stones Actually Work For Your Health?
It’s hard to say for sure whether using chakra crystals actually comes with any health benefits. While some anecdotal reports attribute tangible healing effects to these crystals and minerals, there’s almost no scientific evidence to support these claims.
The vast majority of the medical community considers crystal healing to be a pseudoscience. But, if people who use chakra stones are getting a benefit (real or perceived), does it really matter?
One 2001 study investigating the efficacy of crystal healing determined that their power lies “in the eye of the beholder.” During the study, patients were given either a real or fake chakra stone to hold while meditating. Afterward, patients answered a questionnaire regarding their experience.
Researchers found that patients who had previously tested higher on the paranormal-belief questionnaire felt the effects of the crystals, regardless of if they were real. Meanwhile, the reverse was true of more skeptical patients, suggesting the effects were purely placebo.
“We found that lots of people claimed that they could feel odd sensations while holding the crystals, such as tingling, heat and vibrations, if we’d told them in advance that this is what might happen. In other words, the effects reported were a result of the power of suggestion, not the power of the crystals.” According to Christopher French, a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
However, placebos are indeed powerful. If simply entertaining the idea that crystals can heal is enough to create a perceived effect, is it truly accurate to say that crystals don’t possess any power?
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