Sex & Relationships

Does Your Dildo Have Healing Powers?

Can the power of crystals be used to enhance our sex lives?

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If you were alive and female in ancient China, you had two big ways of getting into the royal palace: become Empress, or become a concubine to the Emperor. If you found yourself wearing either title, chances are you were taught a secret practice involving small, polished jade stones. Those who mastered it were said to live long and healthy lives, and remained youthful into their old age. They were also transformed into A+ lovers. That’s partially because jade was believed to offer health and stability. But it’s also because they would insert the stones into their vaginas to gain better control over the muscles. Nowadays, we call that a kegel exercise.

In the yogic tradition, healing stones and crystals are often tied to the idea of “chakras,” meaning major points of energy located throughout the body. These range from the top of the head to the base of the spine. The idea is to keep each chakra point balanced to ensure physical, mental and emotional clarity. What’s missing from the 7 main chakras, however, is a direct nod to the genitals.

That’s why Vanessa Cuccia decided to take the idea of chakras and turn it into chakrubs, which she defines as “Instruments of pleasure and practice made from 100 percent pure and organic crystal that bring a sense of sacredness to your playtime.” In other words, she’s selling slick stone dildos designed for your spiritual and animal pleasure.

“When we combine our sexual energy with the energy of the crystal, we are able to achieve great pleasure as well as therapeutic benefits. We may also wish to train ourselves to feel the energy given off by the crystal, as to re-sensitize ourselves to subtle energies, thus making sexual acts more intensified,” she told this blogger.

Her products come in onyx, quartz, aventurine, jasper, amethyst, obsidian and more. The cheapest item on the menu is priced at $65. The most expensive item (a set of three) costs upwards of $400.

Proponents of more mainstream crystal healing will tell you the practice dates back to ancient times. The Egyptians are often credited as the pioneers of the tradition, as are the Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Ayurvedic medicine in India considers crystals valuable for healing emotional and metaphysical imbalances. The ancient Greeks used to rub crushed hematite on soldiers’ bodies before battle to make them invincible.

Today, the practice remains a popular alternative to mainstream medicine. Though, the science is still out on how effective it really is. In 2001, Dr. Christopher French, a psychologist at Goldsmith's College in London, decided to test it out 80 volunteers. Half of them were handed a “genuine” New Age crystal while meditating while the other half were given cheap plastic alternatives. All were told the articles they were handling were genuine, and all reported to have felt a genuine effect. “There is no evidence that crystal healing works over and above a placebo effect," he told Live Science.

Dr. Richard Wiseman, psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield and a researcher into paranormal claims, told The Telegraph, "It is suggestive that the power of crystals is in the mind instead of in the crystals.” 

That said, Cuccia and her collection of crystals might help serve a certain set of women who feel they’ve lost sensitivity in their sex organs due to prolonged use of battery-operated toys.

During her interview, Cuccia said, “I believe we are training our bodies to need more and more stimulation that isn't natural, and I have heard from many people who have grown so accustomed to their vibrators that they then have issues orgasming with their partners. Re-sensitizing is a major aspect of Chakrubs.”

“More technologically advanced toys are robotic and impersonal” she added. "What we need is to become more aware of our hearts, and understand what our souls desire. This is not done through items which use chemicals like parabens and phthalates.” We’ll note that major sex toy retailers like Good Vibrations stopped carrying products containing phthalates back in 2007 and were among the first to push for the development of phthalate-free products, though these don’t typically come in the form of onyx or jade. More often, you’ll see they’re made of silicone, metal or steel.

Curiously enough, pregnant women and those wearing an IUD are sometimes discouraged from using crystal products.

Of course, we’ve got to give a nod to the guys. If those interested in the realm of rectal exploration are feeling a little left out of the conversation, fear not. Some proponents of the crystal wand insist the tool can be used as a prostate massager as well. If that doesn’t do it for you, then feel free to check out the lingam beads. Whether you buy into the healing power of the crystal or not, it can't hurt to add to the collection. 

Carrie Weisman is a writer focusing on sex, relationships and culture. 

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