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Gem Therapy History
There is abundant reference to the long-established, therapeutic use of gemstones in such diverse healing systems as Indian Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Native American shamanism. The first mention of gems, metals, and their healing abilities can be traced back over 2000 B.C. in India. According to the Vedic texts, the rishis, the enlightened sages of India, intuited the various healing properties of gems and metals through sruti, a form of divine revelation acquired through deep meditation.
As stated in Ayurveda, India’s time-honoured system of healing, the natural state of health is one of balance and harmony. In order to maintain this state of equilibrium, gems are often prescribed as part of a healing treatment. Each gem vibrates at a different frequency with a different wavelength. Our different body systems, on a cellular, neural, or astral level, also resonate to specific frequencies. Imbalance occurs when the natural rhythm or frequency of one of these systems – whether relating to body, mind or soul - is disturbed. Gems that resonate specifically to a corresponding body system, then, can be applied to help restore our internal balance much like a tuning fork is used to tune a piano. We realign our “out of tune”, misaligned frequency to one that is balanced and harmonious.
Centuries ago, Ayurvedic physicians commonly used gems, either in liquid or powdered (bhasma) form, to treat many diseases. Several Ayurvedic preparations, still in use today, consist of gems and minerals treated in such a manner that they can be safely ingested, a practice comparable to the daily intake of prescribed or over-the-counter mineral supplements such as iron or zinc.
In the mid twentieth century, the use of gemstones and metals, as prescribed through the astrological chart, became more known through Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. In one chapter entitled, "Outwitting the Stars," Yogananda's Guru, Sri Yukteswar, prescribes an astrological bangle to mitigate the effects of an upcoming challenge that he saw for Yogananda. In chapter 17, a friend of Paramahansa is recommended to wear 3 sapphires, while in chapter 25, Paramahansa’s sister is recommended a pearl. In chapter 16, “Outwitting the stars”, Paramahansa goes on to explain:
“Electrical and magnetic radiations are ceaselessly circulating in the universe; they affect man's body for good or ill. Ages ago our rishis pondered the problem of combating the adverse effects of subtle cosmic influences. The sages discovered that pure metals emit an astral light which is powerfully counteractive to the negative pulls of the planets... Most effective of all are faultless jewels of not less than two carats... One little known fact is that the proper jewels, metals and plant preparations are valueless unless the required weight is secured and unless the remedial agent is worn next to the skin.”
In modern science as VIBGYOR, an acronym for the color spectrum, gems have also been used as a base in homeopathy. It is based on the concept that everything in this universe is composed of the seven rays of vibrating light. We can see these rays in a display of the rainbow (violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red).
Homeopathic remedies were prepared based on the concept that these seven cosmic rays corresponded to the seven major planets, represented by seven precious gems.
Sun - red cosmic ray - RubyMoon - orange cosmic ray - PearlMars - yellow cosmic ray - CoralMercury - green cosmic ray - EmeraldJupiter - blue cosmic ray - Yellow SapphireVenus - indigo cosmic ray - DiamondSaturn - violet cosmic ray - Blue Sapphire
Taking the homeopathic remedy prepared with the particular gem was said to directly affect the inner vibrational frequencies of the human body on a molecular level, and consequently thought to stimulate the healing process.