Getting Your Rocks Off With Stone Healing
An SGU listener writes:
“Greetings from a huge SGU fan here in Asheville, NC. Asheville (both past and present) has always had a very active health spa industry. No wonder … we are located in beautiful mountains, the climate is great, lots of relatively clean rivers and streams, mountain air, etc. The area has become a popular retirement destination for seniors, many of which are actively seeking treatments for age-related diseases. It is also home for many musicians, artists, and young entrepreneurs, many of which gravitate towards anything ‘alternative’, including health-care. For every legitimate spa in the area, there are just as many, if not more, shamans, crystal healers, homeopathy schools, acupuncture schools, and supplement makers. The latest article in the local alternative newspaper (the Mountain Xpress) on a stone healer, takes the cake. Please debunk for me. I’m too weary.”
“Stone Healing” is an extension of crystal healing. These are techniques in which crystals and other stones are placed on and/or around the body. Practitioners claim the stones can cure ailments and protect against disease. Proponents of these techniques believe that the crystals and stones act as conduits for healing — allowing positive, healing energy to flow into the body as negative, disease-causing energy flows out. There is absolutely no science to be found within this industry. The existence of “energy flow” (sometimes called Chi or Qi) has never been detected in scientific studies. It is purely faith and magical thinking.
Some of the quotes from the practitioner in the article are so mind-boggling, you would think a child’s imagination was at work here:
“Indigenous cultures of the past such as the Taoists and Native Americans realized that everything in nature had a purpose and could be used in healing.”
“Stones are the oldest living things under the surface; they are literally the roots of the plants.”
“Stones are the grandmothers of herbal medicine; it’s time we started really experimenting with the deepest offering the earth has given us.”
“This is a great alternative for people who like Chinese medicine but are afraid of needles … (the stones) are equally powerful or more powerful than needles. A lot more chi is in a stone than a needle that is produced in a factory.”
“It is such good medicine to lay with a stone like rose quartz, which will always be calming and gentle like a mother that will always hold you.”
“This blend (potions made from stones) goes deep into the kidney meridian, to the essence or shen … it soothes and anchors our essence so that we can move forward with new beginnings.”
“Everyone knows that localized medicine is one thousand times better than non local medicine.”
“Kyanite is a simple aluminum silicate which acts as a bridge, a connector. It can connect two people, or two elements of nature, like stones and plants … it can even connect physical tissues back together. It’s great after surgeries or for fractured bones or torn ligaments.”
The appeals to antiquity are numerous. Stones and crystals are not “alive”, and they most certainly can not “heal”. The claptrap and pseudoscience is endless.