The Hindu Gem Therapy is a unique therapeutic system based on Vedic astrology and Ayurveda (traditional Hindu medicine). Gemstones have been an integral part of Hindu culture for thousands of years, and in contrast with other cultures their medicinal use in India was far more documented and systematized with strict rules to dictate their proper use.
Unlike modern Crystal Therapy which mainly uses raw crystals by temporarily placing them on the patient’s body or using them as part of a massage, the Hindu Gem Therapy uses only very high quality gemstones which can be constantly worn for years by the patient in the form of jewelry made from specific metals to maximize their effect.
Hindu Gem Therapy uses nine main gemstones called the Maharatna:
These gemstones represent the seven classical planets that are visible to the naked eye together with the solar and lunar eclipses. A talisman containing all of the main gemstones called the Navaratna (nine gems) was used for millennia as a royal and sacred emblem, and today it is the national as well as the royal symbol of the king of Thailand.
Together with the nine main gemstones, several alternative gemstones are utilized in case the main ones are not available, which are known as the Uparatna. These include the following:
- Sun Uparatna: Red Spinel,Red Garnet, Rubellite Tourmaline
- Moon Uparatna: Moonstone, Mother of Pearl
- Mercury Uparatna:Peridot,Elbaite Tourmaline, Tsavorite Garnet
- Venus Uparatna: White Sapphire, White Zircon, White Topaz,White Quartz
- Mars Uparatna:Carnelian, Red Jasper, Fire Opal
- Jupiter Uparatna: Yellow Topaz, Citrine
- Saturn Uparatna: Blue Spinel, Iolite, Amethyst
- RahuUparatna: Brown Zircon, Smokey Quartz
- KetuUparatna: Cats-Eye Quartz, Cats-Eye Aquamarine, Nephrite Jade*
Some of the gemstones mentioned above are relatively new and their use as secondary gemstones is not well documented.
Despite the prestige of wearing gems such as diamonds and rubies, Gem Therapy emphasizes quality and not type hence a flawless quartz is considered far superior to a rough diamond full of inclusions.
When selecting the most appropriate gemstones for a person, Vedic Practitioners utilize their form of astrology, called Vedic Astrology or Jyotish, which focuses not on the month of birth but on the sign rising at the moment of his birth. After the astrological analysis is concluded and the appropriate gemstones are chosen, Vedic Practitioners recommend a testing period when the gemstone is sewn into a bandage and tied to a person for at least three days. If during this time the person starts feeling ill, catches a disease or has bad dreams the gemstone is deemed unsuitable. If on the other hand the person had sudden good luck or success, or alternatively if no significant event took place during this time the testing period is extended to 7 days and if these pass without incident the gemstone is considered suitable for the person.
After the testing period, the gemstone is set in a talisman made from the appropriate metal and that talisman is worn for the first time on a suitable day close to the full moon. The proper day varies for each gemstone, and in certain cases the waiting period is extended to the passing of the moon in specific asterisms deemed auspicious for the event. After the dawning of the talisman, it continues to be worn up to the point when it has to be replaced due to damage or loss, however some suggest that even if the stone is undamaged it should still be replaced every two to five years depending on its type.
The great diligence with which the Hindus choose their gemstones stands in stark contrast to the way the subject is handled in most new age and modern crystal therapy books and websites. The reason for that is the numerous mentions in Hindu texts of the destructive powers of the gemstones and their capability to induce significant harm and even cause death, which completely contradicts the modern belief that gemstones cannot harm their users in any way.
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