An Alternative Medicine Approach to Sound and Musictherapy



Tibetan Bells, wooden percussion frog, led lamp and Cymbals.



22 Feb. 2013: Musik Emotionen und deren Wirkungsweise auf das Immunsystem. Palliative Medicine Seminar. Language: German. 10:30 Universitätsmedizin Greifswald.

4 March 2013: Alternativ-medizinische Techniken als Ergänzung zur Schulmedizin Behandlung. Palliative Medicine Seminar. Language: German. 16:30.Universitätsmedizin Greifswald.

4 May 2013: Musik Emotionen und deren Wirkungsweise auf das Immunsystem. Krebsaktiontag Seminar. Language: German. Universitätsmedizin Greifswald.

11 June 2013: Klangtherapie als Alternative Therapie. Seminar. 14:00 Fleischmann Straße 6. Room 316. Universitätsmedizin Greifswald.

19 June 2012: Alternativ-medizinische Techniken als Ergänzung zur Schulmedizin Behandlung. PIZ Seminar. Language: German. 15:00.Universitätsmedizin Greifswald.







Since 2010, Integrative Sound and Music Therapy Sessions have been applied regularly in clinical work as complement to the correspondent conventional medical treatment, mostly on Hospice and Palliative patients.

The name "Integrative" Sound and Music therapy means that sound and music are applied as main therapeutic tools in combination with other complementary medicine techniques such as Chromotherapy, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and Reiki, among others.

Stress reduction, pain relief, psychological comfort, management of traumatic states, communication, interaction and personal contact have appeared as the main positive results.

See complete article by Erica Flavia Alio Warr in eHospice International Journal "Germany: integrating a holistic medicine approach to palliative care".





The main concept to highlight here is that, while clinical music therapy mostly centres its work on the psychological and emotional human response to music as a piece of art, sound therapy, as vibrational therapy, focuses its attention on isolated sounds, or minimalistic combinations of them, and the effects their frequencies of vibration may have on living organisms at different levels by means of resonance. Many times, even non-musical instruments are used to create therapeutic sounds: tuning forks, Tibetan bowls or electronic sound generators can be some of them.

The main idea here is that sound, administrated in a therapeutic form, could re establish the altered vibrational pattern by means of sympathetic resonance by producing the vibrational power of the energy at different levels of our constitution to increase. Thus, once an area returns to its natural vibrational rate, density starts to dissolve and energy is allowed to flow naturally back into a state of health.


Resonance was discovered by Galileo Galilei with his investigations of pendulums beginning in 1602. A simple and clear example of resonance is whenever in a room an object is found to give out a sound every time a particular note is played on a musical instrument.

That is to say, resonance occurs when we have two objects of the same or similar vibrational rate that, when we set one into vibration, the other takes up the vibrations sympathetically and vibrate, too. Here, the first one will be called a generator of sound and the second one, a resonator.

From an Alternative Medicine point of view, different levels of our bodies vibrate at certain optimal frequencies. These frequencies could be altered or “untuned” for many different external or internal reasons which may also trigger pathologic processes. The other way round, by administrating the right frequency on these untuned areas of our bodies, they could be “tuned” back to their optimal vibration.

The hypothetic idea here is that, if there exists any correspondence between the seven grades of the dodecaphonic western music scale, the seven colours of the prism and the seven main energetic centres in our bodies, those “grades” should act exactly on the influence areas of their correspondent energy centres.

The therapeutic effect would take place by means of sympathetic resonance by therapeutically applying sounds with vibrational qualities similar to those in the unbalanced areas which would re establish the natural equilibrium.





Clinical Case

Integrative Music Therapy, in combination with different alternative therapy techniques such as chromo therapy, reflex zone massage, reiki, sound massage, and chanting resulted in a positive treatment of a paediatric patient suffering from incomplete cervical disconnection caused by a traffic accident. Along a course of sixteen sessions, during the tensive care hospitalization period, the patient evolved showing improvement not only in the communicational field, but also in re gaining physical response to external stimuli.

The patient was a six year old boy who had been run over, when getting off the school bus, by a car travelling at 60km/h. The collision had thrown him in the air some 20-30 meters causing severe disruption of the brainstem and cervical medulla. At the moment of arriving at the clinic, he had been primarily diagnosed as locked in syndrome, for the patient showed only pupil reflex but had a nearly normal EEG, and minor cerebrum damage. Even though the case seemed to be irreversible, by daily integrative treatment, his breathing reflex and response to external stimuli started slowly appearing and the diagnostic was finally changed to incomplete cervical disconnection. The medical team in charge considered then performing stabilizing surgery for later rehabilitation.

Read complete peer reviewed article by Erica Flavia Alio Warr in the FULTENA bilingual edition journal, Fundacion Latinoamericana de Terapias Naturales "Alternative Medicine ApproachTo Integrative Music Therapy".






It is known that sound, in itself, is a phenomenon belonging to the field of physics and thus, it can be measured and described in terms of quantity and quality. However, human beings experience sound in a subjective way. According to the theory of Psychoacoustics, more than the 50% of our hearing capacity resides in our memory. It is not a purely mechanical phenomenon of wave propagation, but also a sensorial and perceptual event. When a person hears a sound, it arrives at the ear as a mechanical sound wave travelling through the air, but once within the ear, it is transformed into neural action potencials, nerve pulses travelling to the brain where they are finally perceived.

In his book "Curación a través del Sonido", Dr. Franco Rossomando explains this hypothesis from the basic idea that all matter is formed by atoms. Each atom is constituted by a nucleus, composed of neutrons and protons, and an electron, or a group of them, which spin at a certain speed around the nucleus in exactly the same way the planets go around the sun. The number of these particles varies depending on the nature of the substance. The spinning movement of the electrons crates a pulse which derives in a wave capable of being perceived as a form or matter by the human senses. Due to mechanic causes, whenever the electrons of a substance move, they produce sound. Thus, permanently, each electron of each substance, only by being in movement, produces sound even when our ear cannot perceive it.

This is the basis on which Pythagoras built his idea of the Music of the Spheres, for each constituent element of the universe moves and, consequently, produces sound.

INevertheless, it is the power sound has on the configuration of matter what constitutes its healing capacity from the vibrational therapy perspective. The bases on which sound therapy stands infers that: since everything that our physical senses perceive as matter is but a group of closely interrelated resonant electromagnetic fields, each and every component of this universe is, as a result, no more or less than a dense manifestation of sound.






Cymatics, a discipline created by Hans Jenny, shows how notable changes can be produced on the physical body and its electromagnetic fields whenever a human organism is exposed to a loud source of sound of any nature. These changes may only last as long as the action of the sound source exits. Nevertheless, while they exist, they can trigger powerful transformations, as observed on the Mozart Effect experiment participants, who improved their special reasoning skills for a short period of time.

The term Cymatics is derived from the Greek and means "matters pertaining to waves." It was first explored by Jenny in his 1967 book, Kymatik. Inspired by systems theory and the work of the German scientist Ernst Chladni, Jenny began an investigation of periodic phenomena but especially the visual display of sound. He used standing waves, piezoelectric amplifiers, and other methods and materials.

Chladni also showed very clearly in which way sound can configure matter. In his experiments, he placed very fine powders, sand, and metal shavings on a metallic tray and submitted them to the vibration of an acoustic wave. As a result, these fine particles were organized forming intricate patterns. The different substances concentrated in the nodes or depressions of the acoustic wave showed the places where the sound had had more density and, in the case of having been submitted to harmonious sounds, they formed amazingly geometric mandalas, even symmetric in many cases. His patterns are nowadays known as Chladni figures.

If, as supposed by many ancient medicine disciplines, our human organism is formed by different parts articulated into different levels of density and subtleness , this conception of humankind composite nature explains how the states of health and illness both depend specifically on the etheric body, level at which the energetic nourishment of all the cells of the organism takes place.

The so called energetic nourishment occurs by means of sympathetic resonance at different vibrational rates. That is to say, each cell, each organ, depending on its own function and structure possesses a certain vibrational rate at which its performance is optimal and the state of health can be achieved a state that depends purely on the harmonic vibration of each one of the millions of cells in the human organism vibrating in resonance with the corresponding patters of our bodies; as investigated by Dr. Royal Rife´s and his nowadays followers.





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Erica Flavia Alio Warr

Doctor of Holistic Medicine (Alt.Med)

Ph.D. Music Therapy (Alt.Med)