Geopathic Therapy

The earth’s magnetic field generates powerful unseen energy forces that have been recognized for thousands of years. These earth energies were probably easier to detect in the preindustrial age, and it is thought that ancient cultures sited their standing stone circles on sites where the earth’s energy could be felt particularly strongly. Not all natural energies are beneficial; for example, granite rock strata emit the noxious gas radon. Other negative energies emanate from the earth and artificial contributions include the local electrical fields generated by power cables.

Prolonged exposure to these energies – a condition known as geopathic stress – contributes to illness and general debility by weakening the body’s defenses against disease and potentially harmful substances in the environment.

In Chinese culture, the effect of earth energies on health and well-being has­long been recognized. The discipline known as feng shui aims to modify the flow of energy to produce a balance by making subtle alterations to the landscape. In the West, the importance of earth energies was rediscovered in the 1930s. Even so, the bad effects of negative energies are only just being recognized today.


The earth has a natural magnetic field; it acts as though it has a large magnet at its center. The rotation of the earth creates electric currents in the molten metals found within the earth’s core, thereby producing a magnetic field. Geopathic stress occurs when the earth’s magnetic field is disturbed, either naturally or artificially, and the background field we normally experience is changed.

Natural disturbances to the earth’s magnetic field include geological faults, underground ore masses and underground water, particularly running water. Earthquakes and running underground water can slowly erode rock and have a destabilizing effect.

Effects of Geopathic stress

People do not suddenly drop dead or become ill after standing, sitting or sleeping on a particular spot. The effect is gradual, involving a slow deterioration in health in those susceptible to such stresses. As a result, they often find it difficult to feel happy, energetic, emotionally stable and physically well.

Geopathic therapy aims to relieve geopathic stress. Practitioners detect these negative energies either by dowsing (using a pendulum or rods), or with kinesiology, or by “sensing” or “seeing” them. They then advise on how best to avoid these energies. This may be by moving a bed or a favorite chair away from an affected area, by deflecting the energies with mirrors, or by trapping them in crystals or coils that can then be washed clean.