As a qualified dowser for health specialising in testing nutritional
sensitivities, food allergies and stress release I’d like to
explain a little more about how this healing therapy works.
To dowse is to search for that which is hidden from view. Many of
you may be familiar with dowsing with the use of ‘divining
rods’ to search for underground water sources. Dowsing for
health, with a crystal pendulum, is based on the same principle;
it is a therapy used to locate the underlying cause of bodily or
emotional imbalance that leads to ailments and physical reactions
such as allergies or disease.
The origins of dowsing are lost in history, but it is interesting
to trace the development of our knowledge of this undoubtedly ancient
practice. The earliest definitive reference to the use of a divining
rod was in 1430 when it was used for locating metallic ores, although
figures using tools similar to rods are depicted in Egyptian murals.
References were also made in the 16th century and it is well known
that divining rods were used during the reign of Elizabeth I to seek
sources of zinc. History books continue to refer to dowsing for water
through the centuries and as time passed, other simple tools such
as pendulums, which act in the same way as rods, were used to find
similar resources and began to develop as a method of helping to
treat ill health.
Dowsing for health in this way, is extremely simple and effective.
No one knows why it works and scientific research cannot prove how
it works but we know from experience that it does.
You Are What You Eat
For many years I suffered from rough, dry skin on the joints of my
hands and feet. I was prescribed cream for eczema by my GP but it
made little difference. I learnt from a friend about a dowser who
had helped her with a similar concern and, with some scepticism,
decided to book an appointment. The dowser identified the root cause
of the dry skin as food intolerance, caused by stress. With the cause
identified, I went on a strict diet. Within three months the problems
had disappeared. Cutting out certain dairy products and dry food
goods, not only made a huge difference to this ailment but I felt
The Root of the Problem
Being able to diagnose, through dowsing, the root of food intolerance
is most effective when it is understood what causes unfavourable
responses in the body. Often, intolerance stems from stress at some
point in a person’s life. A stressful period or event contributes
to a breakdown of the body’s ability to reject toxins and function
properly. Incidents in life can affect how you behave and react to
current and future events; your reactions can, in turn, affect your
well being. Dowsing looks for the root cause of stress, together
with an analysis of diet, leading to a removal of the problem.
Stress is released by using a unique but well established system
of holding the dowsing tool, in my case the pendulum, over a developed
set of ‘emotion’ words. The pendulum reacts to these
words such as happiness, anxiety, guilt and panic. It swings in a
negative or positive direction according to the feelings of the patient.
This may relate to different stages of their lives. The words identified
as being negative are spoken aloud by the patient. At first, the
voice often trembles, but as the words are repeated, the voice becomes
more controlled. This process helps the emotion suffered to be gently
released. Often this leads to tears as the patient ‘lets go’ and
feels the fading of emotion that has built up inside them for many
The pendulum is also used to dowse over food words: the type of food
(organic, tinned, dried, fresh etc), food types (starch, wheat, dairy
etc) and food colourings. The combination of the two different sets
of words is strongly linked and means that the root cause, the stress,
and the food to which the stress has created an intolerance, can
For those who cannot travel to a registered professional dowser,
help can be given by means of distance healing. This allows the healer,
using a symbol, to channel energies to the patient to deal with the
illness. Often the person receiving the healing can feel the effects
instantly, sometimes not at all, even though it is still working.
It takes time, and distance healing may need to be sent several times,
or on an on-going basis over days, weeks or even months. Receiving
healing in this way over a long period helps to maintain the balance
of the body. Usually basic information is all that is needed (name,
address, etc) although a current photograph is also useful. Healing
can be given to a person of any age. Even animals and plants can
Bizarre - but Effective
To some dowsing may seem an ‘off the wall’ approach to
dealing with allergies and intolerance. Before I ever went to see
a dowser, I’d never have believed it could benefit me and would
have thought the whole process distinctly unconventional. But, whilst
there remains little scientific understanding of dowsing, it is a
natural process requiring no medication - and it has been proved
Dowsing is not a miracle cure and sometimes it takes time to be really
effective. Other times the effect of a treatment can be almost immediate.
However, it should never be a replacement for ‘proper’ medical
advice. It should be used as a complementary therapy that allows
people with food-related ailments to gain a deeper understanding
of the root cause of their problems, and to change their diet accordingly.
Dowsing for Oneself
Self-help can be achieved by learning the skills and techniques of
the professional dowser. The basics of dowsing for food allergies
and stress can be taught over a simple six-hour session. This would
provide enough basic information and skill to help with food allergies
and stress release.
Workshops on dowsing for Health and Healing are held on a regular
basis in Worcester or in any other part of the country to suit requirements.
A full course is 18 hours, taken in three six-hour sessions spread
over several months to allow for practice and understanding between
Chris Johnson is a director and trustee of the British Society of
Dowsers and chairman of the organisation’s Health and Healing
interest group. Based in the Midlands, he is a professional dowser
and tutor, and runs a relaxation and natural therapy business, EMPATHEIA,
with his wife. Chris is also a spiritual healer and Reiki master
If you wish to contact him call 01905 455138 (24-hour answer service)
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any opinion in this article is Chris’s and not necessarily
the opinion of the British Society of Dowsers.
First published in 2005
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