We respond to it sound as early as 5 months in our mother’s bellies. Most likely, we’ve all weeped or rejoiced to the voices and instruments of our favorite artists, but what many don’t know is the powerful healing property of sound vibrations.
Sound healing is an ancient meditative practice that uses different musical implements to create healing vibrations around the body in a meditative state. Singing Bowl Therapists, for example, use Quartz crystal bowls and Gongs tuned at strategic frequencies for healing different parts of the body and mind.
This method of sound healing is ancient and sacred in Tibet, where it was first used around the 12th century for meditation and rituals. Other types of Sound Therapy, like vibro-acoustic, guided meditation and neurological music therapy combine frequency and mindfulness therapy to treat conditions like anxiety and depression.
Neurological music therapy can be better than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety A study published in theTrends in Cognitive Sciences reported that neurological music therapy was more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety before surgery. Sound therapy can be used in conjunction with a myriad of other therapies and treatment plans including meditation and complementary cancer care. Dr. Miriam Stoppard studied how incorporating sound therapy consistently improved quality of life and mood in her cancer patients. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently conducted studies that show a reduction in the effects of Alzheimer’s disease using light and sound therapy. The plaque that causes Alzheimer’s Disease was shown to even be “cleaned” from mice’s brains using these methods. Imagine if the cure to such a terrible disease was in the hands of musicians this entire time! Science is just discovering this ancient healing art and initial studies are showing incredible results for certain conditions.