IT’S CRYS­TAL CLEAR

With sev­eral peo­ple look­ing at al­ter­na­tive ways of heal­ing, crys­tal ther­apy is in­creas­ingly find­ing more tak­ers

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Re­cently, Bella Ha­did (far right) posted a pic­ture of crys­tals on In­sta­gram with the cap­tion, “As I fly to Dubai later tonight, a few of my fa­vorite crys­tals will be here charg­ing with the bright and full ‘pink moon’ Love love love (sic).” Not just the su­per­model but many oth­ers — es­pe­cially ur­ban­ites — these days are turn­ing to crys­tals to calm them and to cope with emo­tional is­sues. Clearly, crys­tals have gone be­yond be­ing used for jew­ellery or in cu­rios, and are slowly establishing their place in the al­ter­na­tive heal­ing world.

HOW DO CRYS­TALS WORK?

The Ox­ford dic­tionary de­fines crys­tal as, “A piece of a ho­mo­ge­neous solid sub­stance hav­ing a nat­u­ral ge­o­met­ri­cally reg­u­lar form with sym­met­ri­cally ar­ranged plane faces.” It fur­ther elab­o­rates the mean­ing with “a piece of crys­talline sub­stance be­lieved to have heal­ing pow­ers”.

Dr Evelet Se­queira, sound ther­a­pist and life coach, says, “Crys­tals have the per­fect lat­tices. They have a high fre­quency. Us­ing the prop­erty of res­o­nance, ev­ery ob­ject at­tunes to the high­est fre­quency in the room. So, when one wears or places a crys­tal in their room their bod­ies at­tune to the crys­tal’s fre­quency.” Crys­tals come in a va­ri­ety of tex­tures, colours, and prop­er­ties. The qual­ity and ap­pear­ance of a crys­tal is im­pacted by the way it’s formed in a par­tic­u­lar re­gion. For ex­am­ple, the best lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan and the best turquoise comes from Iran.

“If we go by the chakra sys­tem, then we know that the chakras have seven colours of the rain­bow. The throat chakra is blue and if we want to strengthen it, we will use a blue crys­tal like lapis lazuli, an­gelite (blue an­hy­drite), or turquoise. For the red root chakra, gar­net can be used. Crys­tals carry dif­fer­ent fre­quen­cies and the en­ergy of the earth, hence, they can heal or ben­e­fit us at an en­er­getic level and we can feel or see the ben­e­fits in our ac­tual lives. They bring us peace, calm, heal­ing, love, pros­per­ity and good luck, among other things,” says Jan­hvi Pa­tel, holis­tic healer.

THE PLACEBO CLAIM

Many tend to crit­i­cise the crys­tal ther­apy say­ing that it is a mere placebo ef­fect — a psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fit than a phys­i­o­log­i­cal one. Psy­chi­a­trist Dr Kersi Chavda said, “Most of the pos­i­tive re­sponses are based on de­sire, and not ra­tio­nale, which is why we are scep­ti­cal, and file the pos­i­tive ef­fects un­der placebo ef­fect. It all comes down to the power of the hu­man mind.” But to those who prac­tice it, whether it is placebo or not, the re­sults are what mat­ter. “I have per­son­ally been us­ing rose quartz for love and amethyst for heal­ing of the body from ill­ness,” says Dr Se­queira, who also holds an MD in pre­ven­tive and so­cial medicine.

Al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pist Man­ishaa Mo­tar­war says, “I be­lieve that crys­tals work won­der­fully with the faith you put in them. I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced that if done in a right way, they can en­hance your life and well-be­ing.”

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PHOTO: MICHAEL STE­WART/FILMMAGIC

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