Ancient cultures around the world have used sound healing to repair the mind, body, and spirit. Vocal prayers, OM chants, the sounds of nature, mantras, music, and various instruments are just a few methods they discovered effective for sound healing… today, science now strongly indicates that sound may indeed be the most incredible healing tool we have in our arsenal!
Sound Medicine and the Science of Sound Healing
Some of the best known research in the field has been documented by scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto’s various studies, which tested the effects of words and music on water crystals. Emoto tested the physiological responses of water samples that were frozen after exposing them to various types of music including heavy metal, classical, and worldly folk songs. His conclusive results were very similar to those in another case discussed in Dr. Mitchell Gaynor’s, “The Healing Power.”
Dr. Gaynor’s book documents a study of the same premise; however, the study he documents focused on plant responses to music within controlled environments – the only differential being the type of music played for each test group. The results: heavy metal music resulted in chaotic crystalline structures and plants that didn’t fare so well. When classical and folk songs were played the plants excessively bloomed and flourished and the ice possessed streamlined crystalline structures under a microscope.
However, the impact of sound on plants and water are only the tip of the iceberg concerning the widespread implications of the magnificent potential and power of sound healing.
Sound Healing and the Human Body
For the sake of brevity, I’ll just touch on a few ways sounds heals the human body and include a few links with further details on the research for those interested in additional topic investigation.
Migraines and Pain Management: At the California State University in Fresno, a 5-week study showed that migraine patients who have started and continue to listen regularly to their favorite music reported 83% less migraines. Furthermore, a study conducted by Baltimore researchers at St. Agnes Hospital indicates that sound healing can relieve a variety of pain symptoms, citing it produced effects ‘similar to 10 mg of Valium.’
Immune System: A Michigan State University study discovered that certain sounds hep increase immunity cell production and regeneration by more than 12% in subjects who listened for 15 minutes.
Stress Hormones: Students from the same Michigan State study who listened to music they preferred further showed decreases in cortisol – the stress hormone – by up to 25%.
Kidneys: Doctors are regularly using healing sound wave vibrations to break up kidney and gall stones non-invasively.
Teeth: Using Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound techniques on teeth roots and jawbones, University of Alberta researches have documented tooth growth and regeneration of bone.
Cancer: Some interesting studies to look into include Dr. Gaynor’s Oncology Studies using crystal singing bowls in lieu of chemo/radiation treatments. Also, check out leading sound researcher Fabian Maman’s Sound Healing Studies, which also showed profound cancer healing results using sound.
Ways to Incorporate Sound Healing into Daily Life
- Control your sound environment and say ‘No; to toxic tones: Turn off the TV and enjoy the sounds of silence. Set times where noisy family members respect your ‘no-fly’ sound-free zone. Turn off your phone when you don’t want to be bothered with it…that’s what voicemail is for!
- Listen to soothing sounds that resonate with YOU, which may change daily. Match sounds to your vibrational frequency (your gut will tell you!) for maximum healing, soothing effects.
- Vanquish sounds of discontent whether they be outside ‘noises’ permeating your space or the ‘words’ of someone in a state of discontent. Separate, then replace disquieting sounds and words with positive ones.
- Incorporate healing tones and sounds into your daily routine. Just 15 minutes a day can make a profound difference.
- Wear sound and harmonically infused jewelry or crystals that bring sounds like the OM of the sun, the frequency of Earth, or harmonies of nature into your energy field.
Certainly, we cannot always control our sound environment, but we can empower ourselves with a few actions to eradicate sounds that don’t resonate with our particular vibrational resonance while embracing those that do prove effective for our mind body spirit healing.
Fun At-Home Experiment to Evidence the Power of Sound…
Discover for yourself the power of sounds and words and music with your own home experiment. The Apple Experiment is cheap, easy, and fun way to experiment and see with your own eyes how important sound is! Simply cut an apple in half and place them in 2 containers. Speak or play POSITIVE harmonics to one half daily, while doing the opposite for the other and see what happens!