Crystals have always been associated with healing powers. They are supposed to posses metaphysical powers of healing and can help a number of physical problems. This metaphysical healing relies on the innate powers of healing crystals.
No one seems to know exactly how crystals work. Crystals became important to the people of those civilizations who believed in their capacity to store and amplify any power source fed into them - physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Practitioners of modern-day crystal therapy believe that the stones' ability to work as conductors allow them to focus energy via a person's thoughts to stimulate healing - both physical and non-physical.
However, in addition to medical controversy as to their efficacy, the use of crystals for healing is not an exact science. Though there is plenty of information available to describe which crystals and gemstones are good for treating certain ailments or for the prevention of certain conditions, but there is as much to contradict it. Still, thousands of people world-wide believe in the use of crystals for a variety of mental, emotional, and physical problems. There are numerous claims that they aid such in diverse areas as harmonious relationships, allergies, and spiritual awakening.
Crystals are used in meditation and spiritual ceremonies, laid on the body during massage, when a person is resting, or placed in drinking or bathing waters. It is believed that an odd number of facets on the stone aid in healing, while an even number of facets create the best energizers. Red, yellow, and orange stones are said to produce energy, clear and aquamarine stones are healers, and lavender and blue-violet stones create calming effects.
Crystal jewelry speaks of order, intelligent design, balance and harmony. Some people wear crystal beads, crystal pendants and crystal earrings in the hopes of adopting these traits. Some take the use of healing crystals beyond just wearing crystal jewelry. They believe crystal healing is the basis of holistic health leading to the balance of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energies. To this end many carry their crystal or stone with them in a pouch. They may even keep a piece of quartz or amethyst in their car or office to encourage whatever trait they hope to strengthen or adopt. Crystal points are used in some healing traditions such as acupressure where pressure points are manipulated with the stone points of the crystal.
It is suggested that you should never let anyone touch your crystals. Each crystal should be cleansed before use to clear any stored energy by either soaking it or burying it in the ground.