Crystals and Healing Addiction
(an excerpt from Crystal Medicine: A Clinical Approach to Healing
Mind, Body, Spirit by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.)
Addictions are the excess use and dependency of/on anything including
food, sex, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, sugar, shopping, chocolate,
drugs... Why do we become addicted? Many addictions have their roots
in painful childhood experiences. According to a study undertaken by
the National Academy of Sciences, children are more likely to end up
addicted to something if they are physically abused, humiliated, or
lied to, and if their parents are themselves substance abusers. For
example, alcoholism is four to five times more prevalent among the
biological children of alcoholics than among those with nonalcoholic
parents. New research suggests that we may well be hardwired for
addiction from a very tender age. Are you addicted?
1. Do you feel that you just don't want to stop indulging in a
particular substance -- caffeine, sugar, tobacco, alcohol, drugs,
sex -- right now, although you could at any time?
2. Have you ever tried to stop for a week but been unable to do so?
3. Do you resent the advice of others who express concern about your
4. Have you ever tried to control your addiction by switching to an
alternative addictive substance? For instance, have you ever taken up
smoking so that you could give up drinking?
5. Do you envy people who can indulge without getting into trouble?
6. Has your substance use created problems with friends and family?
7. Do you try to avoid family or friends when you're using your
8. Have you lost relationships because of substance abuse?
9. Are your friendships determined by whether others indulge in the
same substances as you?
10. Do you indulge in your substance alone?
11. Have you ever neglected your family or work for more than two
days in a row due to substance abuse?
12. When substances are limited or unavailable at social events, do
you try to obtain some anyway?
13. Have you missed time from work during the past year due to
14. Has your substance of choice stopped being fun to use?
15. When you are low on your substance, do you feel anxious or
worried about how to get more?
16. Do you plan your life around your substance use?
17. Do you ever consume more of your particular substance than you
18. Are you consuming more than you used to in order to feel the same
19. Do you consume as much as you can and feel reluctant to discard
20. Are you experiencing financial difficulty due to substance use?
21. Do you use your substance when you are disappointed, depressed,
or going through a difficult time?
22. Does your substance use affect your sleep?
23. Has your sexual ability or desire suffered from your substance
24. Are you concerned that if you stop using, you will lack energy,
motivation, confidence, or the ability to relax?
25. Do you use your substance repeatedly to sleep or stay awake?
26. Do you ever lie to others about how much or how often you consume
your particular substance?
27. Have you ever stolen money or goods to support your habit?
28. Have you lost a job because of substance use?
29. Do you ever regret the way you behaved while you were on a
30. Do you experience irritability, headaches, or tremors when you
have not consumed your particular substance for a while?
31. Have you ever passed out from substance use?
32. Have you ever felt your life would be more productive if you were
not indulging in that particular substance?
33. Have you become more irritable and difficult to get along with?
34. Is your pattern of use potentially dangerous? (This can be true
even in cases where substance consumption is neither frequent nor
35. Do you lack self-control in deciding whether or not to consume
your particular substance?
36. Is your habit putting you into a state of poor health?
37. Is your substance abuse dangerous to others? (Via secondhand
smoke, drunk driving, using up family resources, et cetera?)
How many questions did you answer yes to? Deep down inside, if you
are being honest with yourself, you know if you have a substance-
abuse problem or are on your way to one. Do something about it now,
while you can.
Crystals helpful for Addiction:
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Fluorite, Labradorite, Quartz, Ruby.
Hydrotherapy: Steam baths and dry saunas have been used as healing
therapeutics for centuries. Perspiration is one of the best ways to
detox our system. Sweating helps rid the body of wastes products,
regulates body temperature, and invigorates our largest organ, the
skin. Steam increases white blood cells, which protects and
strengthens our immune system. Medical studies show that frequent
steam baths help reduce stress and keeps your circulatory system
running smoothly. Warning: If you are pregnant, have diabetes or have
heart disease, consult a doctor before taking a sauna or steam bath.
Try this Detoxification Bath
2 Droppers full of Amethyst gem essence
2 Cups Sea Salt
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Tbsp. Ginger Powder
Place all ingredients in a hot bath and bathe for 20 minutes. Drink
plenty of water. This bath withdraws impurities from your body and
helps you to feel better. This bath can be done 2 to 3 times in a
week or as needed.
Selenium: Selenium, an important antioxidant, is a trace mineral
found in soil and food. It protects neurotransmitters. Deficiency in
selenium has shown to have a negative impact on mood. It also helps
to reduce bad cholesterol and keep the heart healthy. You can get
much of your selenium from dietary sources such as: Alfalfa, fennel
seed, ginseng, butter, garlic, liver, Brazil nuts, shellfish and
other fishes. You can find it in sunflower seeds, yarrow, wheat germ
and Brewer's yeast.
Zinc: an essential mineral has been found to have positive effects on
the nervous system as well as helping to produce a calming effect.
Most multivitamins contain zinc. Food sources for zinc are Oysters,
meat, poultry, nuts, beans and dairy products.
Massage Therapy not only treats those parts of you, which are a
problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through
normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their
interdependent functioning. Massage is usually done with soothing
massage oils or relaxing body lotions in order for the practitioner's
hands to "glide" over the body with smooth, relaxing strokes.
Technique: With a crystal wand or sphere about the size of a tennis
ball or smaller, lay on the floor and place the sphere under you in
the points between and under the shoulder blades. Massage the area by
gently rocking over sphere. Move the sphere around to different
trigger points on your back. The trapezius muscles at the base of the
neck, at the base of the skull, lower back.and even in the dimples of
the buttock, for here is where we hold a lot of tension that crawls
all the way up the spine to the behind the shoulder blades, which in
turn burn up to the base of the skull. Let your body relax over the
sphere until the tension dissolves.
Meridian Therapy: The San Jiao (Triple Warmer) Meridian
The San Jiao is a traditional Chinese medical (TCM) concept of a
functional organ that is not found outside of TCM). However, from the
meaning of the original word, which is the texture beneath skin and
between muscles, there has been some proposed theories stating that
this conceptual organ corresponds to the lymphatic system. San Jiao
has been translated as "triple heater," triple warmer (or three
warmers)," and "triple burner," the latter of which is probably
favored because of the involvement of the San Jiao in metabolism
(burner meaning "metabolize").
The San Jiao meridian is located from the fingernail of the ring
finger, up the outside center of the hand and arm, behind the top of
the shoulder but above the shoulder blade, up the neck to behind the
ear, then up and around the base of the ear to the top & front, then
on the outer tip of the eye brow.
In TCM theory, the San Jiao is a yang organ paired with the
pericardium, which is, the yin organ associated with it. Yang organs
are typically hollow, whereas yin organs are more solid. The upper
compartment is the chest down to the diaphragm - which is associated
with respiration. The middle compartment is from the diaphragm to the
umbilicus - which is associated with digestion. The lower compartment
is from the umbilicus to the top of the pubic bone - which is
associated with elimination.
The San Jiao is said to be a metabolism mechanism similar to an old-
fashioned water wheel that is turned by incoming water and creates
energy for accomplishing a task, such as grinding grain in the case
of the water wheel, or for metabolizing and digesting food in the
case of the San Jiao. The San Jiao is closely associated with the
spleen functions of transformation and transportation, particularly
the metabolism of incoming food. The San Jiao is also closely
associated with the kidney's function in TCM. The San Jiao, however,
is not limited to one metabolism function as the spleen or kidneys
are, but is a general metabolizer, which can be applied to a variety
of metabolism needs.
Pendulum work with this meridian: Hang the pendulum over the meridian
and move it up slowly, looking for blockage or cold spots by starting
at the fingernail of the ring finger, up the outside center of the
hand and arm, behind the top of the shoulder but above the shoulder
blade, up the neck to behind the ear, then up and around the base of
the ear to the top & front, then on the outer tip of the eye brow.
Clear these meridians with such grids as the Chakra grid, Heart and
Mind grid and the Tree of Life grid. An Aura balancing layout acts as
a great detoxer.
Crystal Tips for Addiction and Detoxing
*Quartz, Amethyst, Fluorite, and Labradorite are important stones for
this disorder. The idea is to bring the energy down from the head and
to "release" the tension.
*Danburite is used to bring about change. Powerfully radiates bright,
pure, white light, filling our body, mind, and spirit (and
relationships) with loving light. Excellent to cleanse, purify, or
debrief. Use this to scan the body for blockage or cold spots. Place
one piece of Danburite at the Crown Chakra and use five quartz for an
*Consider using your crystals in acupressure points, trigger points
and for calming the body with massage, Chakra balancing and an Aura
*Carry purple stones such as amethyst and fluorite.
*Create a gem essence with amethyst, purple fluorite and quartz. Take
8 drops under the tongue 3-4 times a day.
Deep breathing is a great tension reliever. Take note: you're doing
it right if your stomach is moving more than your chest. Check
yourself for signs that you are tensing up and not inviting a free
flow of air. Check for clenched teeth, clenched fists, hunched
Acupressure: In 1972 a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong, H.L. Wen,
discovered that acupuncture could relieve symptoms and cravings
associated with drug withdrawal. Because of its effectiveness in
relieving symptoms as well as preventing relapses, his discovery
gained more and more popularity and was used in hospitals and detox
centers throughout the US. 1985 an official protocol was developed
and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was
formed. The protocol involved using five specific acupuncture points
on the ear. In August of 2000, Yale University School of Internal
Medicine conducted research further demonstrating the effectiveness
of the NADA protocol for cocaine, heroin and methadone addiction, as
well as to stop smoking, help the body detox and relieve the body of
stress. It is my highest recommendation, that you seek out an
acupuncturist to perform this protocol.
Chakra balancing stimulates the seven main energy sources, which
govern all the major organs and psychologically alters and clears the
body's energy in order to allow healing to take place.
This means that the polarities of the crystal will change when
subjected to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This
will radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of
polarities. It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of
energy. It offers a balanced energy field, an energy modification,
which amplifies both energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and
harmony and alignment with the Chakra energy areas.
Gem Essence: Create a gem essence with amethyst, purple fluorite and
quartz. Take 8 drops under the tongue 3-4 times a day.
Make notes on your treatments here:
What did not?
What seemed to be the root cause of this problem?
What triggered it?
Which technique/s relieved it?
What stones did you or your patient find most helpful?
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit