Does Crystal Healing Actually Work?

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Crystals are believed to induce physical, emotional, and spiritual healing when held or placed on the body. Crystals are said to do this by interacting positively with your body’s energy field, or chakra. Some crystals are said to help with stress relief, while others are said to help with concentration or creativity.

Researchers have carried out few conventional studies on crystals. According to one study from 2001, the power of these minerals is “in the eye of the beholder.” 80 respondents filled out a questionnaire designed to evaluate their level of belief in “paranormal” phenomena in the study, which was not published but presented at the European Congress of Psychology in Rome.

After that, the researchers asked everyone to meditate for five minutes while holding either a real quartz crystal or a fake glass crystal. Following that, the participants were asked questions regarding their feelings while meditating with the crystals. The real and fake crystals both created similar experiences, and those who scored high on the paranormal-belief questionnaire experienced more sensations than those who dismissed the paranormal.

“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,” says Christopher French, a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. “In other words, the effects reported were a result of the power of suggestion, not the power of the crystals.” Lots of research shows how powerful the placebo effect can be.

“If people believe that a treatment will make them feel better, many of them do feel better after they have had the treatment, even if it is known to be therapeutically worthless,” says French.

His point of view is what you’d expect from a scientist. And, sure, it’s nearly probably correct to argue that crystals don’t have any of the magical health benefits that users attribute to them.

But don’t lose hopes, the human mind is so powerful that you believe crystals are working, they will eventually work. Plus nobody has given an exact definition of ‘work’ so maybe they do something that’s why people are using them for healing.


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