Healing with Sound – it’s not only the future; it’s here now!

There’s growing interest in using sound frequency to boost human health and research backs it up.


In the world of so many healing techniques, sound therapy is growing in awareness. It has been for many thousands of years. Crystal healing bowls were found in the pyramids of Giza, yet, today, it’s also on the frontier of modern science.

Before his passing in September, 2015, Mitchell L. Gaynor, MD, a prominent oncologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, taught his cancer patients to supplement treatment with music, diet and meditation. He often used “Tibetan singing bowls” in his Integrative Oncology Practice. In Dr. Gaynor’s 1999 book, The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music, he wrote: “I believe that sound can play a role in virtually any medical disorder, since it redresses imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning.” Dr. Gaynor explained that “…stress can depress every aspect of the immune system, including those that protect us against flu and against cancer.” He suggested that “to cure” means to fix something, and “healing refers to wholeness, a joining of the body, mind and spirit.” As a result, Dr. Gaynor referred to sound therapy as integrative medicine – not an alternative to science but a complement.


We can’t always hear it, but everything has a sound, or resonance, indicating the frequency that it vibrates. Each part of our body has a natural resonance and when this resonance becomes out of tune from stress, illness, anxiety, etc., disease is the result. Sound therapy works to return the body’s resonance to its’ original state. Much like the high vibrations in depleted areas of the body. Sound enhances the body and the brain and it helps it to re-organize at a more complex level. It takes what you can handle emotionally and physically and pushes it to a higher level. Using quartz crystal bowls in sound therapy sessions, the clients feel the vibrations. Our bodies have a natural affinity to quartz because our bones, blood, DNA and brain are crystalline in structure.

Prior to the beginning of a session, the therapist will review the client’s health history. The sound treatment will then be selected to address the area of weakness in the body. During a session, the client is fully clothed and rests comfortably on a treatment table. The sound therapist strikes the edge of a pre-selected crystal bowl with a felt-tipped mallet causing the bowl to sing. The therapist expands the sound by running the mallet around the edge of the bowl. Each session is unique as there are various bowl sizes and tones to address imbalances in different parts of the body.

It is important for clients to select a certified sound therapist to help their condition. Joshua Leeds, author of The Power of Sound, and an expert in the field of psychoacoustics, the study of the effect of sound on the human nervous system, sees the use of sound therapy growing. “There’s more on sound science than ever before,” says Leeds. “We know what is happening molecuarly.” In the future, “what we think of as sound healing will be called frequency medicine.”