Crystal healing: sham, or alternative?


One of the many crystals used in crystal healing.

Wenzhe (Simon) Yu (9) | STAFF REPORTER

Like other 21st-century alternative healing methods, crystal healing often calls upon strange concepts and practices around the world, except without scientific validation. Practitioners don’t really do much but simply place rocks onto bodies.

The recent surge in the belief of crystal healing has made it common to find disclosure of it on social media, either from someone who has been “exposed to this wonderful technique” or someone who thought the concept seemed cool. However, this surge in popularity has also increased the likelihood that you will find a doctor or scientist who will tell you to think otherwise.

Believers of crystal healing will often tell you that crystals and gemstones corresponding to your “disease,” will be placed on various parts of the human body to help draw away negative energies. Sites promoting crystal healing often tell you that the practice is ancient, dating back to at least 6000 years ago to the age of ancient Sumerians from Mesopotamia, and potentially even to the age of Ancient Egypt.

Unsurprisingly, however, a scientific investigation from 2001 reveals that the only power these gemstones have is the power of persuasion. There is no scientific validation as to whether crystal healing works; the only thing these rocks can do is relax one’s mind and make one believe something has happened. Although someone may feel better after taking a crystal healing session, there is no scientific proof that the result was at all related to the crystals themselves.

“Crystal healing is still alive, probably because it’s been around for so long”, said Nigel Chang (12). “There’s strength in something that has withstood the test of time.”

Regardless of one’s stance on crystal healing, the practice does not necessarily cause harm to anyone. Unless, you’re one of the victims who was tricked into paying 150 dollars for a random charlatan to place shiny rocks, ranging from 3 to 15 dollars per gram, against your body for an hour and a half.