It looks like, our ancestors, in most cultures knew about geopathic stress or geopathic zones. There have been many different streams of research and bodies of knowledge from different cultural traditions that have contributed to our understanding of Geopathic Stress and how it affects our lives.
The Chinese knew the harm Geopathic Stress (GS) could cause over 4,000 years ago. In Feng Shui, Chinese called geopathic stress many names such as ‘veins of the dragon (Lung Mai)’, ‘claws of the dragon’ or ‘dragon lines’ or ‘underground demons’ and avoided building houses on stressful places.
Chinese Emperor Kuang Yu (2205-2197 BC) proclaimed an edict, effective to this day, which reads: “No dwelling shall be built until the earth diviners have confirmed the intended building site to be free of earth demons.”
The aim of Feng Shui is to seek the healthy Qi (Sheng Qi) and avoid the unhealthy Qi (Sha Qi). As the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) text “Shui Peng Ba Zhen Fa” or “The Eight Needles of The Water Compass Method” reveals, classical Chinese understanding of the nature of the unhealthy Qi that rises from within the earth accords closely with the modern western dowsing tradition’s knowledge of the dangers of Geopathic stress. The text presents a protocol for divining the presence of a number of potential underground dangers, including underground streams and cavities, geological faults, mineral deposits, old wells, tombs and coffins, ant-holes, and abattoir and battlefield sites. “Di Qi (Earth Qi) comes from the earth and moves upwards. If it is too strong it is not good to build above. If there is none at all maybe there is too much metal or hard rock, nothing will grow and this is also bad”.
From a Neolithic (New Stone Age) village in Orkney, through to many Bronze Age hut circles in Dartmoor, to American habitation sites of the Adena and Hopewell people and the homes of the Inca residents high in the Andes – the inhabitants never built their homes over these life destructive high vibrations.
Ancient Romans would test areas for new buildings by allowing sheep to graze in the potential area for a year and then they would dissect the sheep to see if their organs were healthy or not (Roman architect Vitruvius was aware of GS). Hippocrates and Avicenna (Islamic scholar) talked about the importance of location of buildings in relation to health. Bavarians would install anthills in prospective bedrooms to see if the ants like the place or not (ants do like geoopathic stress – read more about what animals like and don’t like geopathic stress).
Knowledge of the mysterious underground energies and the ability to dowse their precise location is as integral to the Chinese Feng Shui and Indian Vastu Shastra traditions as it is to other geomantic traditions of the world. The personification of the telluric currents of the hydrological cycle as the consciousness of the subterranean Dragon, Serpent, or Crocodile spirit is a global image. Whether named Lung (Dragon, China), Naga (Water Serpent Spirit, India), Nak (subterranean Crocodile Spirit, Borneo), Wyvern (Dragon-Worm, Britain) or Wonambi (Rainbow Serpent Spirit, Pitjatjantjara and Yankunyjatjara, central Australia) these beings are variously respected, feared, appeased, tamed and honoured the world over.
In 1929, A German researcher Baron Gustav Freiherr von Pohl (who coined the term geopathic zones), after a very extensive study in the course of his whole life, came to the conclusion that every single disease could be linked to geopathic stress. Van Pohl developed a scale of 0-16 where zero is 7.83Hz neutral, healthy zone and 16 is a highly geopathically stressed zone (going up to 250Hz). Any area above zero can create greater susceptibility to viruses, bacteria, parasites, environmental pollution, degenerative diseases and a wide range of health problems because our immune system is compromised in the geopathically stressed zones. From then on, research and study on geopathic stress and dowsing started in the modern science way at western country.