Healing with sound

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"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." -- Nikola Tesla

"The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence." -- Nikola Tesla

The world which most of us think we live in is not the world we actually live in. This becomes apparent when one considers some of the work in the field of quantum science where essentially there is no physical as we imagine physical to be. Instead, as Tesla hinted, there is only energy which ultimately creates the illusion of the physical.

With this in mind, it begins to make sense that sound alone can and does affect what we think of as the physical in various ways. Disease can be eradicated or induced for example.

The Secret Power of Sound, Vibrations, and Frequencies

Although modern scientists are just now beginning to understand this quote from Tesla, ancient civilizations around the world had known of the power of sound, frequency, and vibration for thousands of years. In the essence of all religions and spiritual teachings, we can find how the ancients used the power of the words. This power has been utilized in the forms of prayers for Christians and Muslims, mantras for Hindus and Buddhists, and chants for the Shamanic traditions. All of this shows us how words and vibrations have an immense power, which the ancients often utilized and used for many purposes.

In this article, we’ll examine not only the ancient practices, but also the scientific findings of the power of vibrations, how scientists are currently using vibrations and frequencies to alter and reprogram the DNA of living beings, and how the Tibetans used sound for levitating and transporting heavy stones.


Everything You Need to Know About Sound Healing Soul | Mindvalley Blog

Almost everything we experience in the universe is simply our perception of waves.


A 2006 study done by the Journal of Advanced Nursing discovered that those who listen to music feel less pain and experiences less anxiety than those who don’t.

Since sounds come at different frequencies and we too emit our own waves, healing with sound happens by matching frequencies to those that are conducive to healing and relaxation.

A study in the 1970s proposed that when one tone is played to one ear, and a different tone is played to the other, the two hemispheres of the brain connect and create a third (internal) tone called a binaural beat.

Binaural beats synchronize the brain, providing clarity, alertness, and greater concentration. It’s solid evidence that our brains and bodies respond to sound in both a cognitive and physical way.


How Researchers Killed Cancer Cells with Sound | Gaia

In 1981, biologist Helene Grimal partnered with composer Fabien Maman to study the relationship of sound waves to living cells. Maman was also an acupuncturist and had previously discovered that by using tuning forks and colored light on acupuncture points he could achieve equal and even greater results than he could with needles.

For 18 months, Grimal and Maman worked with the effects of 30-40 decibel sounds on human cells. With a camera mounted on a microscope, the researchers observed uterine cancer cells exposed to different acoustic instruments (guitar, gong, xylophone) as well as the human voice for 20-minute sessions.

Using the nine-note Ionian Scale (C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C-D), Grimal and Maman observed that when exposed to sound, cancer cells lost structural integrity until they exploded at the 14-minute mark. Far more dramatic was the sound of a human voice — the cells were destroyed at the nine-minute mark.


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Sound Therapy and well-being: some scientific studies

Psychoacoustics is the scientific study of the perception of sound, and it has fueled researchers paths to better understand how it can be used as medicine. To understand the fundamentals of sound in healing, we must first understand our brain waves. The nucleus of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, is the communication between neurons. Brain waves are generated by way of electrical pulses working in unison from masses of neurons interacting with one another. Brain waves are divided into five different bandwidths that are thought to form a spectrum of human consciousness. The slowest of the waves are delta waves (.5 to 3 Hz), which are the slowest brain waves and occur mostly during our deepest state of sleep. The fastest of the waves are gamma waves (25 to 100 Hz), which are associated with higher states of conscious perception. Alpha waves (8 to 12 Hz) occur when the brain is daydreaming or consciously practicing mindfulness or meditation.

According to Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., a speech-language pathologist:

Research shows that different frequencies presented to each ear through stereo headphones… create a difference tone (or binaural beat) as the brain puts together the two tones it actually hears. Through EEG monitoring the difference tone is identified by a change in the electrical pattern produced by the brain. For example, frequencies of 200 Hz and 210 Hz produce a binaural beat frequency of 10 Hz (The difference in 210 Hz and 200 Hz is 10 Hz). Monitoring of the brain’s electricity (EEG) shows that the brain produces increased 10 Hz activity with equal frequency and amplitude of the wave form in both hemispheres of the brain (left and right hemisphere).

A series of experiments conducted by neuro-electric therapy engineer Dr. Margaret Patterson and Dr. Ifor Capel, revealed how alpha brainwaves boosted the production of serotonin. Dr. Capel explained:

As far as we can tell, each brain center generates impulses at a specific frequency based on the predominant neurotransmitter it secretes. In other words, the brain’s internal communication system—its language, is based on frequency… Presumably, when we send in waves of electrical energy at, say, 10 Hz, certain cells in the lower brain stem will respond because they normally fire within that frequency range.

It’s very intriguing to think that something as simple as sound, as music, which we have come to treat as utterly pleasurable entertainment, has not only been used to promote healing and well-being, but has proven to work through research as well.


Studies Confirm "Sound Therapy" Heals Arthritis, Cancer, Tinnitus, Autoimmune Disease and More Using Vibrational Frequencies — ISTASounds - International Sound Therapy Association

A two year study supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation in Germany proved that sound therapy was able to significantly reduce the symptoms of chronic tinnitus. Not only did sufferers report a significant decrease in their symptoms, MRI images of the subject’s brains during treatment showed that sound therapy was able to activate certain areas of the brain that researchers believed were responsible for the unpleasant symptoms associated with tinnitus.

A study that examined the effects of music therapy on those with Huntington’s disease was conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester in 2005 and involved the use of group singing, drumming, and music assisted relaxation. All of the 5 subjects who participated in the trial responded well to the use of sound therapy, and further trials are being organized to test the therapy on a wider range of subjects.

Researchers in the UK have found that sound wave therapy successfully cured 90% of male patients that were suffering from prostate cancer, and did so without any harmful side effects whatsoever. Dr Hashim Ahmed, who led the study at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation, stated “We’re optimistic that men diagnosed with prostate cancer may soon be able to undergo a day case surgical procedure, which can be safely repeated once or twice, to treat their condition with very few side-effects.”


Research - US Version | Sound Therapy

Since the development of the Tomatis method over 60 years ago, a large and growing body of research has been made available. Below is a brief summary of research results on Joudry Sound Therapy. See the links on this page for our full collection of research papers including external sources.


  • Participants who were acutely exposed to Sound Therapy showed improvement in well-established measures of vagal regulation, over and above participants who were exposed to a classical music control.
  • Taken together, the increases in HRV (Heart Rate Variability) induced by Sound Therapy and the null effect of classical music on HRV support the notion that exposure to balanced levels of high and low-frequency sound causes increases in HRV. The long-term effects of Sound Therapy on HRV and psychological well-being remain unclear.
  • Sound Therapy induced changes in HRV give insight into the link between the MEMs (Middle Ear Muscles) cranial nerves and the heart


Sound Therapy: An Experimental Study with Autistic Children - ScienceDirect



The effect of the Tomatis sound therapy method on the reduction of autistic symptoms in children with autism was studied.


34 autistic children (aged 4-8 years) were selected from a rehabilitation centre in Tehran and then assigned randomly to two equal-sized experimental and control groups. The experimental group received sound therapy for 30 sessions of 120 minutes. The GARS was administered as the pre- and post-test, before and after the treatment. Meanwhile, the sound therapy profile was used as a basic tool for the remediation plan.


ANCOVA analysis showed that there were significant differences among mean scores of autistic symptoms in the 2 groups.


this research showed that the Tomatis method can reduce autistic symptoms, increase social interaction, communication, and reduce stereotypical movements, and can be used as an effective treatment for autistic children.


The effect of low-frequency sound stimulation on patients with fibromyalgia: A clinical study - PMC



The search for effective treatments for fibromyalgia (FM) has continued for years. The present study premises that thalamocortical dysrhythmia is implicated in fibromyalgia and that low-frequency sound stimulation (LFSS) can play a regulatory function by driving neural rhythmic oscillatory activity.


To assess the effect of LFSS on FM.


The present open-label study with no control group used a repeated-measures design with no noncompleters. Nineteen female volunteers (median age 51 years; median duration of FM 5.76 years) were administered 10 treatments (twice per week for five weeks). Treatments involved 23 min of LFSS at 40 Hz, delivered using transducers in a supine position. Measures (repeated before and after treatment) included the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, Jenkins Sleep Scale, Pain Disability Index, sitting and standing without pain (in minutes), cervical muscle range of motion and muscle tone. Mean percentages were calculated on end of treatment self-reports of improvement on pain, mood, insomnia and activities of daily living.


Significant improvements were observed with median scores: Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, 81% (P<0.0001); Jenkins Sleep Scale, 90% (P<0.0001); and Pain Disability Index, 49.1% (P<0.0001). Medication dose was reduced in 73.68% of patients and completely discontinued in 26.32%. Time sitting and standing without pain increased significantly (P<0.0001). Cervical muscle range of motion increased from 25% to 75% (P=0.001), while muscle tone changed from hypertonic to normal (P=0.0002).


In the present study, the LFSS treatment showed no adverse effects and patients receiving the LFSS treatment showed statistically and clinically relevant improvement. Further phase 2 and 3 trials are warranted.


Targeted treatment of cancer with radiofrequency electromagnetic fields amplitude-modulated at tumor-specific frequencies - PMC


In the past century, there have been many attempts to treat cancer with low levels of electric and magnetic fields. We have developed noninvasive biofeedback examination devices and techniques and discovered that patients with the same tumor type exhibit biofeedback responses to the same, precise frequencies. Intrabuccal administration of 27.12 MHz radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMF), which are amplitude-modulated at tumor-specific frequencies, results in long-term objective responses in patients with cancer and is not associated with any significant adverse effects. Intrabuccal administration allows for therapeutic delivery of very low and safe levels of EMF throughout the body as exemplified by responses observed in the femur, liver, adrenal glands, and lungs. In vitro studies have demonstrated that tumor-specific frequencies identified in patients with various forms of cancer are capable of blocking the growth of tumor cells in a tissue- and tumor-specific fashion. Current experimental evidence suggests that tumor-specific modulation frequencies regulate the expression of genes involved in migration and invasion and disrupt the mitotic spindle. This novel targeted treatment approach is emerging as an appealing therapeutic option for patients with advanced cancer given its excellent tolerability. Dissection of the molecular mechanisms accounting for the anti-cancer effects of tumor-specific modulation frequencies is likely to lead to the discovery of novel pathways in cancer.

While their existence had been already hypothesized in antiquity, magnetism and electricity were first clearly described in the 16th and 18th centuries, respectively. In 1820, Oersted was the first to identify and report an interaction between electricity and magnetism by showing that a magnetic needle is deflected by electric current[1],[2]. Subsequently, Faraday showed that a changing magnetic field induces an electric field, and Maxwell unified mathematically the theories of electricity and magnetism[3]. In 1895, Lorentz[4] refined the theory of electromagnetism following the discovery that the electron was the elementary particle carrying the electric charge. Additional electromagnetic waves were found such as visible light, ultraviolet light, γ and X rays, leading to a description of the electromagnetic spectrum with the classification of all electromagnetic waves according to their frequencies.

The beginning of the 20th century saw the first medical applications of electromagnetic fields (EMF), notably in the diagnosis and therapy of various diseases such as cancer. The assumption was that external application of electromagnetic energy could correct disease-causing altered electromagnetic frequencies or energy fields within the body[5].

Abrams invented various machines with the goal to cure diseases, notably cancer[6],[7]. He claimed that diseases could be cured by transmitting back to the disease the same electronic “vibratory rate” it was transmitting. Between 1923 and 1924, Scientific American magazine set up a committee to investigate Abrams's results[8] and concluded “the claims advanced on behalf of the electronic reactions of Abrams, and electronic practice in general, are not substantiated”[6]. Lakhovsky developed the Radio-Cellulo-Oscillator in the 1920s[9]. This device produced high frequency (RF) EMF around 150 MHz. He postulated that EMF reinforced “the oscillations of the cell.” Although a controversial figure in his time, he seems to have had some success with his treatments[10].

Rife hypothesized that a number of bacilli were causal factors in many diseases, especially cancer. In the mid 1930s, he developed a microscope[11] able to see these bacilli and invented the Rife Frequency Generator, commonly called Rife Ray Machine, which he claimed could diagnose and eliminate diseases like cancer by tuning into electrical impulses given off by diseased tissue. The American Medical Association condemned Rife's experiments.

Until recently, virtually all medical devices aimed at treating cancer using low levels of electric and/or magnetic fields were considered quackery because of lack of scientific proof [12].


Sound Frequency Therapy: A Closer Look - The Weston A. Price Foundation

Thanks to modern-day equipment developed by British acoustics researcher John Stuart Reid, including something called the Cyma- Scope, it has been possible to continue Jenny’s early studies. Using advanced technology, the CymaScope creates spectacular visuals that allow us to see images of the sound frequencies made by a healthy cell, and, by comparison, the sound and image made by a cancer cell.3

Looking at the sound of cells is a new aspect of the field of cymatics. It seems that when cells are in a healthy state, they produce images of great beauty. When they are not healthy, the sound frequencies of the cells begin to display distortion.


As a nurse practitioner, I observe patients, but also the general trends that have effects on the patient population. Our bodies are burdened daily with numerous toxins that challenge the immune system—through the food we eat, the air we breathe and the countless forms of environmental toxins that constantly bombard us and break down our health potential.


Music Tuned to 440 Hz Versus 432 Hz and the Health Effects: A Double-blind Cross-over Pilot Study - PubMed


Context: The current reference frequency for tuning musical instruments is 440 Hz. Some theorists and musicians claim that the 432 Hz tuning has better effects on the human body, but there are no scientific studies that support this hypothesis.

Objective: To identify differences in vital parameters and perceptions after listening to music at different frequencies, 440 Hz versus 432 Hz.

Design: Cross-over pilot study.

Setting: A room dedicated to listening to music, in an Italian city.

Participants: 33 volunteers, not suffering from acute and/or chronic diseases.

Interventions: Two sessions of music listening on different days. Both sessions used the same music (movie soundtracks) but tuned to 440 Hz on one day and 432 Hz on the other. Each session consisted of 20 min' listening.

Main outcome measures: Vital parameters (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation), perceptions (physical and emotional sensations, for example fatigue and stress), levels of concentration during the listening session, and general satisfaction with the experience.

Results: 432 Hz tuned music was associated with a slight decrease of mean (systolic and diastolic) blood pressure values (although not significant), a marked decrease in the mean of heart rate (-4.79 bpm, p = 0.05) and a slight decrease of the mean respiratory rate values (1 r.a., p = 0.06), compared to 440 Hz. The subjects were more focused about listening to music and more generally satisfied after the sessions in which they listened to 432 Hz tuned music.

Conclusions: The data suggests that 432 Hz tuned music can decrease heart rate more than 440 Hz tuned music. The study results suggest repeating the experiment with a larger sample pool and introducing randomized controlled trials covering more clinical parameters.


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