Sound, Healing & Consciousness: Their Nature & Relationship in a sound healing practice
A discussion focussed on some of the many biological mechanisms activated by specific sound frequencies and by music, including:
Enhances nitric oxide (NO) production through active and passive acoustic stimulation of the nasal cavities and lungs by specific sound frequencies and music, resulting in a broad range of health benefits.
Promotes pain mediation through stimulation of the body’s large A-beta fibres or A-alpha fibres in the area experiencing pain, thus causing the pain ‘gate’ to close. Also mediates pain by the ‘Descending Inhibition of Pain’ system, also referred to as the ‘top-down’ modulation of pain. Such effects can be initiated by music (or white noise) as a result of activating endogenous opioids.
The vagus nerve is stimulated via ‘sonopuncture’, particularly via the ears and voice, thus regulating internal organ functions, including digestion, heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as promoting vasomotor activity and anti-inflammatory effects. Specific very low (sub audible) frequencies may also be applied by full ear headphones, combined with music.
Increases the availability of oxygen binding to haemoglobin molecules by low frequency sound pressure, thus breaking the pain-spasm-pain cycle or ‘splinting cycle’ by increasing the availability of oxygen to affected tissues.
Increases the availability of oxygen binding to haemoglobin molecules by low frequency sound pressure, thus aiding tissue repair mechanisms.
Promotes stress reduction with consequent reduction in blood pressure and cortisol levels, and induces a state of joy with consequent increase in dopamine levels, leading to a proliferation of leukocytes, thus boosting immune system efficiency.
Stimulates the brain binaurally—by binaural beats—to create changes in brain state, with physiological benefits.
Stimulates cells that are ‘sleeping’ in the G0 phase, encouraging them to return to the normal cell cycle.