by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac

Energy Medicine is very relevant when it comes to the healing power between mind and body! Energy medicine is based on the belief that the human body is composed of energy fields. When the energy is properly distributed and circulating freely, the body is healthy. Imbalances or abnormal amounts of energy are believed to indicate an excess or deficiency.

Crystals and Gemstones are great energy tools. Many aspects of a stone come into play when we use them for healing! Their mineral properties, color, shape, location from which they come as well as their Piezoelectric Effect.

The Piezoelectric Effect occurs when pressure is applied to a piezoelectric material such as quartz (SiO2), the crystal deforms in such a way as to create an electric dipole moment, generating an electric current. Releasing pressure will also produce a current. Piezoelectric crystals are used in the strikers of lighters to generate a spark. The complementary effect is also observed. When a voltage is applied across a piezoelectric material, the crystal deforms.

Crystal remedies abound! Developed from many different generations by many different cultures of people, these remedies, yet in multiple concepts and notions, all have a common thread. They use the inate power of the stones to work on many different levels for many types of ailments. These remedies have been handed down through families and tribes, teachers and shaman as are the traditions and recipes of any culture.

*Put your crystals in a pouch and carry it with you. This is one of the most interesting and oldest remedies. Usually a prescription of 2 – 4 crystals, these complementary stones are carried or worn on the person or placed in a certain area. This prescription can be used for anything from healing to psychic awareness, healing an emotional wound as in discouragement or sorrow, or bringing about such aspects as love, money, protection, guidance, spiritual attunement, strength or even addiction. Carry the stone in your pocket or pocketbook.

*Crystal Concoctions or Elixirs are also the recipes of the past. It is recommended to place clean stones or crystals into clean, clear distilled water and place it in the morning sun through the day and into the night of a full moon for 24 hours. This allows the (male) sun energy and (female) moon energy to reflect through the water and into the crystals therefore charging the water with this vibrational force of light and color.

*Crystal Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form, in the treatment of dis-ease. The ancient Greek physicians used hydrotherapy.  Hydrotherapy and crystals have a number of uses. Crystal salts with warm water will relax spasm; thus, hydrotherapy has been useful in treating such conditions as muscular strains and sprains, muscular fatigue, and backache.  If your crystal can tolerate water (see list), then bathing with the crystal energy is a great way to work with your stone.

*Crystal Massage. Use your stone as a massage tool. Use some essential oil, massage oil or lotion on your stone and massage the areas, which feel, blocked or stuck. You will find this a great remedy.

*Meditate with your crystal. Place your crystal in your dominant hand or on the floor in front of you. Close your eyes and concentrate on the color of your stone. Slowly try to vibe with the crystal’s energy.  Remember: “Energy follows thought”. The imagery of visualization is very powerful! As you breath, you may inhale and exhale through the Chakra points. This will charge the Chakra and surrounding organs with vital energy.

*You may utilize the vibrational power of sound or music during your session. The stones will enhance a positive, reconnecting flow of energy,  which will allow you to bring up, recognize and clear emotional blocks.

 *By “laying of the stones” on the Chakra points, (energy areas) you have begun the healing. While meditating, you may choose to have them visualize the corresponding color of each Chakra energy point saturating and balancing each part of their body. Below are the Chakra centers and their corresponding colors, complement colors and location. The crystals listed are simply some suggestions for the Chakra.

*Crystal Gridding is the “laying of the stones” around the body in order to work with the Aura and Auric fields. There are many ways to grid with crystals based on their color and properties.

You can find many other ways to work with crystals here: