From the Greek lithos (stone), Lithotherapy is an alternative medicine that uses the energy of stones to rebalance and re-harmonize the body. It uses, among other things, seven areas of the body, called chakras, through which energy exchanges take place. As this discipline has no federation, the best way to approach it is to be initiated by books on the subject. Check www.france-minerals.co.uk/ for more about lithotherapy and natural stone properties.
Therapeutic rocks in history
Rocks have been used for medical purposes since ancient times.
The Greeks used, for example, marble powder against gastralgia, or red jasper as a tonic. In the East, antimony was considered sovereign against infectious diseases and food poisoning. The American Indians knew the benefits of clay and the antiseptic effects of copper. In India, iron sulphate was a deworming agent and saltpetre a diuretic. In China, many mineral drugs were supposed to balance or stimulate energies… During the Western Middle Ages, alchemy, or more precisely spagyria, very frequently indicated stones, precious or not, against diseases, respecting the law of similarity. For example, emerald could cure the liver because it was green… like bile.
The medical aspect is found in a stone-based alternative medicine, Lithotherapy. Stones and minerals have vibrations and qualities that make them suitable for relieving physical and mental stress. Placed at the level of the chakras (energy centres of the body) or worn as a pendant, they would have the power to relieve the organs to which they are naturally connected.
Lithotherapy uses the energy of the stones to restore the body-soul-mind balance. It helps us on the physical level, but also psychological and spiritual through the release of certain emotional blockages and the awareness it allows.
Lithotherapy has a fast action and no side effects. It is effective for all, adults and children.
The energy of the stones is related to their chemical composition, colour and shape. They work on our whole body, but especially on our chakras (energy centre).
Some stones calm, others stimulate, strengthen or create protection.
Apart from the Lithotherapy sessions, the simple fact of carrying a stone with you allows you to enjoy its benefits.
The active ingredients of Lithotherapy
– Chromatherapy, which is colour therapy, is both a simple and effective method. The effect of colours does not stop with the perception we have of them. For each element of matter, there is a specific energetic vibratory frequency, which can be translated into corresponding colours. Likewise, our subtle bodies and Chakras have their own energy levels and therefore different colours. By using each type of colour, we can heal this or that disease, refocuses the chakras or improve our subtle bodies, by providing the energy that is lacking through the colours of the corresponding stones.
Example: Red is a stimulant and a tonic.
– Oligotherapy is a way of treating oneself with the trace elements and minerals that homeopathy uses in infinitesimal quantities. In the chemical composition of each stone you generally have several kinds of associated minerals that will be used as the basis for the remedy.
Example: Olivine = Iron Silicate and Magnesium.
– There is also an energy criterion, which happens to be more or less random due to the practitioner and therapist who, depending on the energy state of the latter and the patient, may have fluctuations in the choice of stones corresponding to a specific treatment.
It is with all these modes of therapy combined and taking into account the energy carried by the stones that this new science is called « lithotherapy ».