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Singing bowl therapy

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When a sick man is "nourished" by the right kind of sounds, the cells in his body start to vibrate and re-organize themselves according to their divine blueprint.
—real Scientific™ facts from the International Academy of Sound Therapy on Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy[1]

Singing bowl therapy (SBT) is an alternative medicine in which patients listen to the sounds created by Tibetan singing bowlsWikipedia's W.svg. SBT is claimed to create a meditation state so deep that people can hear with more than their ears. These vibrations are claimed to improve body health by reducing stress, "harmonizing" the cells, and "balancing the body's energy system".[2]


In reality, the origin of Tibetan singing bowls are unclear, but it is quite possible that throughout history, similar objects may have been used in the landlocked area, most probably for ritualistic purposes. [3]

The bowls possibly originate from the shamanistic practices of the Bon culture in Tibet, before Buddhism was introduced. However, despite this possibility, there is no clear evidence of bowls dating back to that era, and historians hypothesise that they could be used as either for ritualistic purposes or as bowls for food. [4]

However, Tibetan Buddhist anecdotes have stated that singing bowls have originated from Gautama Buddha's time from the 6th-5th century BCE, and that they were brought from India to Tibet along with Buddhism by Padmasambhava, (alias Guru Rinpoche) said to be the founder of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, in the 8th century CE. [5]

Mainly, in the Buddhist world, the bowls were used for meditation, to signal the start/end of a session, and also, in monasteries, to signal change in activities.

However, the healing practice itself is said to have been practiced by the Tibetans themselves for centuries, and is said to alter one's consciousness for the better. It is practised as such: the mallets rub the bowls on their edge in circular motion, thus producing an otherworldly singing sound.

Published in July, 2011, scientific studies have shown that the generation of the waves from the bowls are caused by slight changes in the forms of the bowls, which temporarily alter the flatness of the surface of the edge of the water, though not much can be stated. [6]

Ailments treated[edit]

SBT allegedly provides relief from a broad and unrelated variety of ailments:

  • Promotes deeper sleep[1]
  • Actually heals you:
  • Activates self-healing mechanisms within the body [1]
  • Relief from headache, fatigue, insomnia, digestive disorders, joint or muscle aches, menstrual disorders, emotional imbalances [1]
  • Detoxification down to the cellular and "bone deep" level[1]
  • Emotional relief:
  • Stress Reduction through deep relaxation and endorphin release[1]
  • Liberates emotional traumas locked within the subconscious[1]
  • Healing past emotional traumas and breakthrough of limiting behavior patterns[1]
  • Management or resolution of learning issues, ADHD[1]
  • Fixes your energy, man!

Doctors love it[edit]

There is a history of legitimate medical practitioners like the former Dr. Mitchell Gayor[7] suggesting it for cancer patients in addition to their normal course of treatment. Many in the medical community in the 1990s were stumbling on the fact that stress and depression can have an effect at least on the mental health of their patients. He has often been misquoted as saying that SBT was the treatment; the following quote is widely (mis)used:[8][9]

If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.

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