Dowsing for Health

Definition: Dowsing is a technique used to search for underground water veins, fault lines, and other natural and artificial earth-based information.

photo credit: By Unknown, Public Domain,

Why Dowse?

The dowser’s intention is to determine if the land or structure being dowsed is healthy for living or working, and provide information to aid issue mitigation. 

Dowsing Tools

Many people have experiences of seeing someone dousing. Some people use a forked branch of a tree with a water affinity, such as hazel, willow, ash, green peach, or rowan. The dowser holds the forked end with two hands, and the usual indicator is a downward movement by the extended long end. Pendulums (an object suspended on a cord) also are used; the dowser holds the pendulum as a fixed point and the indicators are movement to and from, and changes in direction.

Dowsing Rods can be used for finding water and fault lines. It is exciting when the rods in your hands turn, indicating their presence deep in the ground. The adventure is to search, find and mitigate. Rods are metal, and almost any metal works, even clothing hangers, but copper and brass are more finely tuned. One third of the length of the rod is folded at a 90o angle, and becomes the handle part of the rod. A loose bamboo or wooden sleeve around the metal handle can be added.

Why Dowsing Works

We are about 75% water, as is our earth. Beneath the surface of the earth water circulates everywhere, similar to blood in the human body. The dowser looks for water veins. Our bodies know when they walk across hidden water veins; the dowser’s throat may feel sore or thick.
Human bodies are created from and are part of the touchable material of the planet. At every moment we register and respond to our planet’s magnetism, rotations, and polarities. We live bathed in a natural electromagnetic field, and our bodies are participators in the energy fields that surround us. We can unconsciously ignore, or even actively repress, the information registered by our bodies. And, if we begin consciously to seek this information, our bodies provide it, and can inform us about the places where we are living and working.

Our bodies also register beneath the surface fault lines, which are slips and breakages in the strata of the earth. Faults are associated with fire. Dry faults have no water. Wet faults are particularly problematic. The experience of a wet fault is felt less in the lungs and more between the thyroid and the lungs, in the area by the collarbone.

How to Place the Rods for Dowsing

  • Hold the rods by the bamboo handles with the metal length extending in front of the body. Hold lightly, not in a choking grip. The dowser doesn’t turn the rods – the rods turn in the hands when the dowser crosses a water vein or fault.
  • With elbows bent and arms a body-width apart, hold the rods parallel to each other, and parallel to the ground.
  • For water veins, hold the rods slightly below your waist, near your bladder.
  • For fault lines, hold the rods near the lungs.
By Thomas Pennant – This image is available from the National Library of Wales, Public Domain,

Steps to Dowsing

  • Select the area you want to research. This might be open land, a property, or the

area around a structure (e.g. house, church, business, labyrinth). Note if there are any fences or other obstacles that prevent a simple circuit of the area. If so, plan how to access the information in the problem area.

  • Prepare your attitude. To be in tune with the energies of the place, your body, heart and mind need to be relaxed. Your mind might enter a meditative state, e.g., set aside distractive thoughts, cynicism, doubt, mistrust. Focus on what you are doing, either water or faults.
  • Rod placement: Go outside, and place the rods in the correct position for either water veins (bladder) or fault lines (lungs).
  • Say your intention aloud before beginning. Take deep breaths, and relax.
  • Walk around the perimeter of the chosen area at normal speed, holding the rods in position. Continue to relax and breathe evenly.
  • Observe the information the earth offers. The rods will indicate a water vein or fault line by moving strongly. It’s exciting when they give feedback – just breathe, relax. Water vein edges may feel cool, and the dowser experience a thickening in the throat or other indicators. Fault lines may feel warm, and the dowser experiences a reaction in the lungs.
  • Stop and mark the spot with pebbles, twigs, or pieces of cloth (lightweight so as not to change the energy reading). Select a different indicator for water veins than for faults.
  • Determine the width of the water vein or fault line by stepping forward until the rods move back to their original position. Mark both sides of the find.
  • Reset the intention and continue on at a normal pace, stopping to mark strong indications, and determining the width.
  • Return to the markers when you finish walking the perimeter. Having determined the two edges indicating the width, it is possible to trace length. Move a short distance away from the edge markings, and dowse again. Mark where the edges of the water vein or fault line are now. Repeat for whatever distance you desire to explore. It is also possible to determine the direction of flow (see below).

Remember to rest after searching for water veins before searching for fault lines.

If a group is dowsing, walk independently at a distance from each other. Compare when all have finished.

Finding Wells

Wells take special training. Begin by getting to know a nearby well – it’s depth, capacity, quality of the water, mineral content, who uses it, any contamination, etc. When well understood, locate a second well, then a third, and so on. When dowsing set an intention for wells, and seek definite water indications. Observe that the water doesn’t flow in a direction like a water vein does.

The earth has knowledge to give. When dowsing, a relationship forms as the dowser connects through the information being accessed to a specific place.


There are waters that heal, like Holy Wells, and bring clarity and positive energy. There also are waters that bring disturbances to the body. Certain conditions in a place may create maladies for the living beings on or near it. Indicators form in a body living with a malady for a long time; for example, if a tree is near a fault line the trunk will bend away from it.

Human beings can develop illnesses related to living over water veins or fault lines.

The dowser’s knowledge includes how to mitigate the situation.


Generally, the plan is to mitigate the effect of any malady beneath a structure where people spend many hours or their days or nights. For example, a critical mitigation is the bedroom, especially where the bed is positioned. If the bed is over a water vein or fault, move it or change rooms.

When the structure is healed, the health of the people improves. It may be that the answer to the “Why?” question in forming your intention was “to find any malady and mitigate it” or “to create energetic conditions for the greatest health.”

Mitigation for Water Veins

After determining the edges of the water vein, the next task is to determine the direction of flow. Step into the center briefly, and ask the rods to point the way the water is flowing. Sometimes the body tips towards the direction naturally.

Mitigation can be as simple as planting a sizeable tree, or placing a very large rock on the

water vein before it enters the structure. The stone or tree redirects the energetic flow.

Potential Water Maladies:
The excess of adrenaline created by water veins can lead to heart diseases, weakness in the kidneys, rheumatism, hyperthyroid, rapid changes of mood, prostate or uterine problems, or dormant sexual glands.
Potential Fault Maladies:
Asthma, bronchitis, yeast infections, fungal problems, cancers, kidney, thymus and immune system problems. Manic depression can be related to a wet fault.

Mitigation for Fault Lines

There is one main process called vortex acupuncture: First, locate the strongest vortex point on each side of the fault line. Place an acupuncture stick in the center of the strongest vortex. Let the house settle a week. Check by dowsing again. Make the acupuncture stick permanent (e.g. dig in a plastic pipe and fill with cement).

General mitigation for structures:
One of the most critical mitigations for a structure is to be sure that the electricity is grounded. Check the main switch box, and see that there is a copper or other wire leading out of the structure and into the yard, hopefully attached to a grounding rod. If there is no grounding wire, the owners must install one immediately. If you do nothing more towards mitigation, do this.


  • Energetic Geometry (the site of the experts; questions answered!
  • Wikipedia on Dowsing (hunt around; lots of information here and there)
  • YouTube on Dowsing (a couple of the videos are quite funny)

By Lola Wilcox

The menhir of Kergornec and earth acupunture

Earth Acupuncture

The menhir of Kergornec and  earth acupunture
The Menhir of Kergornec, Côtes d’Armor, Brittany, France

Earth acupuncture is an ancient technique to harmonize the energies of the Earth.

It was used to create beneficial life-force energy for homes and other sacred spaces. In some countries such as China and India, it was used to control the “demons” of the place. In other regions, such as Brittany, France, standing stones helped entire areas avoid lightning strikes by discharging excess electrical energy from the site.

Our earth supports all life, and it has a life on the crust as well as a subterranean life. There is an exchange of energies between the two. The crust of the earth is in perpetual motion, moving vertically and horizontally. These movements produce cracks that are called faults. Inside faults are currents of air and gas that produce heat (or energy) that you can feel at the surface. These currents of heat disturb life on the crust.

You can see the effects of this disturbance on the life above. Look at plants, hedges, and trees, and you can see the drying effect. Hedges often have a break in their line, and you will see dryer branches over a fault. Trees have cracks or holes in their bark. Many animals avoid sleeping over faults. These types of earth energies disturb the places in our bodies that contain air, such as our lungs, intestines, and stomach.

This tree has both a hole and a crack on the
side where the fault is next to it.

The faults have different colors and affect different areas of the body.

Yellow faults disturb the stomach and the liver. Red faults disrupt the small intestines and the heart. Gray ones dry the lungs and black faults are very carcinogenic. These effects are the negative side of faults, but the positive is that they can be used at sacred sites to help produce changes in the body’s energy system and the consciousness of the person.

The second consideration is water.

For example, the water contained in clouds is charged with cosmic information from the sun, moon, and stars and then it falls to the ground, traveling deep inside the earth. Some of the water goes inside some of the faults, creating little streams of water. These can be thought of as the blood currents of the earth. There are small, medium and even big subterranean rivers flowing within the earth. 

These waters also influence the surface of the earth.

They produce a depression in the magnetic field at the surface that disturbs vegetation, trees, animals, and people. You can see how trees are affected by water by noticing that some lean sideways or grow in strange twisted ways instead of straight up. 

Example of trees on a water vein
In this photo, you can see where the water
vein flows in between the trees.
Trees try to escape being directly over
water veins and lean away from them

For people, water disturbs the endocrine glands of the body.

For example, sitting or sleeping over a water vein increases the hormone production of the thyroid by three times and shuts down and depresses the other endocrine organs such as the pineal, hypothalamus, thymus, adrenals, and the sexual glands. We can see these effects on the endocrine system in this study by German physicist Robert Ëndros.

Endros study neutral zone
Dr Endros study of endocrine system over a water vein

Faults and water veins influence the surface. This influence is like a breath going up and down. As the currents whirl up, they produce vortex-like energy on the surface.

In different traditions, these subterranean circulations of the elements of air and water were found and identified by sensitive people with skills to recognize them. These faults and water veins were given animal names, such as dragons and serpents or snakes.

Ancient authors, like Vitruvius, a Roman architect, offer some information about how to find these hidden elements. He wrote that to find water you must look at the earth at dawn. At this moment you can see lines of vapor, and these lines of mist are like the expression of the water veins on the surface. Others said that it is possible to see or identify the water veins by observing where the trees are leaning. But other people developed their ability to find these circulations of energy because their community needed water to survive. These people were called shamans, Zahoris or Sorcieres depending on where they lived.

As people developed skills with the body to sense water and faults, they also developed the awareness that some circulations of water and faults were good for health and others were terrible. Most of these circulations are bad for health, and if you spend too much time directly over them, you are going to feel sick because they disturb the functions of your body.

As the realization occurred that these circulations could be harmful, the next step was to figure out how to avoid them. Animals were the key because most of the time animals find an excellent place to sleep, free from the adverse effects of earth energies.

Boars, deer, horses, llamas, sheep, and dogs all find good places to recharge their energy and know how to choose a safe place to sleep. People like the Berbers in the desert only set their tents up after observing where the dogs were resting because they knew dogs lie down on the best places to recharge their energy. Before building a village, the ancient Romans, left a herd of sheep in the area for a year and then read their organs to see if any diseases manifested.

But of course, if you want to build a village, you are not going to find a considerable area free of all these circulating energies. You need to choose where the best places are versus where there is a concentration of water veins and faults.

For this reason, in some countries, they developed techniques that we call earth acupuncture.

Standing stones or menhirs were among some of the first megaliths to be erected by the Neolithic people. They realized they could avoid the lightning strikes by putting a standing stone on a significant crossing of water veins. These standing stones are one of the first examples of earth acupuncture.

Kerloas Menhir, the tallest menhir in France
This standing stone in Brittany, France is a
great example of an Earth
acupuncture point placed over a
crossing of water veins. Its harmonizing
effects can be felt at a distance
of at least a kilometer away

In some countries, such as China and India, they realized that they could balance magnetic fields with standing stones and stupas.

This procedure was also done to close doors (or portals) where the demon energies could pop up. It is well known that in India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan many of the stupas were and still are built to control the demons or the evil energy of the earth. (Illus #6 Chendebji Stupa in Bhutan – Caption: An example of a Stupa built in Bhutan)

Chendebji Stupa in Bhutan –
Chendebji Stupa; an example of
a Stupa built in Bhutan

To build a stupa, first, a portal or vortex is found. This place is also a crossing of good quality water or even miraculous water. Next, a big stick is placed in the center of the intersection of the water veins. After you do this Earth acupuncture, the spot becomes a harmonic point and will have unique energetic qualities depending on the color of the point The colors range from crystalline, golden to violet.  Now it will harmonize the area all around. Next, the stupa is built around this point and expands the energy of the acupuncture point further because of the solar and sacred geometry used in its design and construction.

This Earth acupuncture technique of putting a stone or a pole in the earth, located at a harmonic point of a crossing of two water veins, became a kind of standard for harmonizing places. It was also used by Vastu and Feng Shui experts to balance the energy of houses.

Earth Acupuncture has evolved and is no longer the domain of shamans, Zahoris, and Sorciers. Now everyone can learn these techniques of finding water veins, faults, and their crossings. You can learn to tune your body to dowse for these earth energies and how to make correct acupuncture points to harmonize homes, land, and the environment.

earth acupuncture point
This acupuncture point is harmonizing
a crossing of two water veins

Earth acupuncture training is primarily learning how to feel the different energies in your body.

Water, faults, and vortexes feel different and are experienced in different parts of your body. The ability to distinguish between how a place feels harmonized versus when it is not is an essential part of this method. Which why it was formerly something left to the skills of the shamans.

By Karen Crowley-Susani
First published in Star Nations Magazine, 2018

These techniques will be taught in the Secrets of Sacred Geometry Certification Course. Earth acupuncture is a small part of the training, but learning how to feel energies in the body continues throughout the entire certification and is the keystone for creating harmonious places to live and work.