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Crystal power is a belief that crystals have healing, mystical and paranormal powers. It is popular in the New Age movement, but regarded as baseless by skeptics and the general scientific community.
Crystal healers claim that every living organism has a “vibrational energy system,” which includes chakras, subtle bodies and meridians. By using the appropriate crystals one can allegedly “tune” an energy system or rebalance energies, thus improving well being.
The earliest records of crystal healing come from ancient Egypt. The Ebers papyrus states the medicinal uses of many different gems. Healing with crystals is also recorded in India's Ayurvedic records and in traditional Chinese medicine from around five thousand years ago.
Below are a few commonly known crystals and their apparent benefits:
Amethyst: Cures headaches, toothache, gout, neuralgia, and nerve troubles.
Most scientists, health professionals, skeptics and others consider crystal healing to be a pseudoscientific quack therapy, since there is no scientific evidence that healing can be achieved by it or that the claimed “energies” even exist. The placebo effect is a possible explanation for any healing that occurs in the presence of a healing crystal.
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