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For thousands of years, precious and semi-precious gemstones have been utilized for mental, physical and spiritual healing. The belief is that certain stones and crystals act as conduits for healing by allowing positive energies to flow from the stone to the body, while the body releases negative energy into the stones.
The use of crystals has a long documented history and has been present in almost every culture and religious tradition. The ancient Egyptians strongly believed in the healing and protective power of crystals. They are also used for healing in Chinese Medicine, which dates back to at least 5000 years. Crystal Needles are also often used in modern day Chinese Acupuncture and in Pranic Healing. Crystals have also been recognized for healing by the Tibetan Buddhists and the Ayurvedic Healing System for hundreds of years. The use of crystals is popular in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
The Vedas, sacred texts in Hinduism that are over 5,000 years old, thoroughly discuss the power of crystals and their uses for healing. They are referred to over 200 times in the Bible. In Muslim culture, using the power of crystals has also been very popular. The medicine men in many Native American Tribes and Indigenous tribes in Australia also used and still use crystals to diagnose illnesses, as well as to heal people.
In 1150, Saint Hildegard wrote two medical treatises where she documented the healing properties of crystals and their uses. She decried how the vibrational energy in crystals strengthened the weak and healed illnesses. Tibetan Monks considered Quartz Crystal Spheres to be holy objects of great powers. The ancient Sumerians valued Lapis as the most sacred stone.
In Japan, Quartz Crystal Spheres were considered to represent the heart of the dragons which symbolize power and wisdom. The moguls of India took Emeralds, inscribed them with sacred text and wore them as Talisman. Taoists called Quartz the “Gem of Enlightenment” Alexander the Great was said to wear a large Emerald during battles to ensure victory. St. Valentine was said to wear an amethyst ring carved with a picture of cupid.