From Himalayan singing bowls to Tibetan sound baths – the use of sound vibration, originally used in ancient Greece to heal the mind, body and spirit, has found its way into modern scientific journals. Fascinated by the ways in which electrocardiographic signals and the cardiovascular system are potentially impacted by the use of sound, the 21st century is finally beginning to reveal evidence-based data confirming the healing power of sound vibration; specifically, the impact on chakras.
The origins of chakra recognition reside not only in ancient Greece. For over 2000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has recognized chakras and, recent documentation in research by Dr. John R. Cross, PhD, PhDAc further explored and expanded upon the 5-Phase theory of TCM to incorporate Ayurvedic chakra centers. The conclusion suggests there are personality types that predispose different people to different illnesses. If interested in reading more about chakras, integration of human organ systems and the neuroendocrine system, and how these, together with personality attributes, all impact health, Go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6106753/” for the article entitled “The Geometry of Emotions: Using Chakra Acupuncture and 5-Phase Theory to Describe Personality Archetypes for Clinical Use”.
With all this history, are there any evidence-based studies that actually prove using sound vibration interventions can truly help improve circulation, regulate rhythm, and/or help control blood pressure? Yes. We now know that each organ system – including the brain and entire neurological system, is impacted – both positively and negatively, by sound. Vibrations that emanate from flutes, singing bowls, chimes, the ocean, wind, forest – in fact, every aspect of nature and man-made vibrations impact our mind, body and spirit in meaningful ways.
Intuitively we know that we prefer a cat’s purr to a human’s angry shouts – and crashing waves of the ocean to the sound of nails on a chalk board; however, we rarely pay enough attention to these sources of sound when it comes to healing. Of course, people who regularly practice yoga or tai chi, appreciate, study and apply feng shui, and/or who are musicians or dancers have deep appreciation for vibration. This article is ‘news’ only to those of us who, before reading about it, failed to recognize the healing power of these vibrations around us.
To discover what works well for you, experiment. The sounds that irritate you aren’t good for you. Those that create a feeling of joy, balance and pleasure DO work for you. For some, the flute of Nakai streaming in the background brings the mind, body and spirit into a centered place. This is healing. For others, meditation and relaxation music of piano and violins creates a feeling of well-being. Although there are indeed rhythms and tones that we know raise blood pressure and heart rate, there are, to-date, no universally acknowledged single “heart healthy” rhythms, notes, or tones; however, we do know that music impacts wellness and healing.
According to the Medical College of Cardiology, although the specific effects of music on the heart in particular are minor - compared with the impact of diet and exercise, there are enough encouraging data to suggest there would be value in future research on the issue. If you have any questions about information in this article, I encourage you to Google the information, using ‘nih’ (National Institutes of Health) after whatever you put into the search bar – to be certain the information is valid and reliable. Also, please feel free to reach out to my office directly with any questions you may have. You can call or email. Any discussion remains confidential and my office does not charge for this service. This is your life, your sacred journey and all steps taken and avoided are your personal choice. Wishing you continued blessings, balance and wellness.
"Dr. Nancy Iankowitz is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and Director of Holistic and Integrative Healing LLC. She is also host of “Marcy’s World,” which streams live on the Marcy’s World Facebook page. Email your questions to: DrIankowitz@yahoo.com. For more information, call (917) 716-6802, or visit www.DrIankowitz.com online.”