The ancient practice of using the Six Healing Sounds dates back to a time when Shamans were the principal healers. The practice of these specific sounds of healing is a form of Qi Gong. Qi gong means life energy cultivation/exercise. From a Chinese Medicine perspective it is a method to assist the balancing of the Qi/energy flowing though our bodies.
Some background information is important in order to understand how these sounds can affect your health. One of the foundational pillars of Chinese Medicine is Five Element Theory. The Five Elements refer to five elements in nature, that have corresponding relationships with the 12 Primary Meridians used in Acupuncture treatments. Each meridian has a different trajectory that involves certain organ systems. Each meridian is paired with an organ name. So we have the Lung meridian, the Stomach meridian, etc. Below is a diagram depicting these relationships to the elements
How these elements and their corresponding organ systems influence each other is a main determining factor in health. The art and practice of Feng Shui is one method of managing our environment to affect the impact the different elements have on an individual on a daily basis. Based on one’s personality and preferences one is attracted to certain elements and not others. This can lead to an imbalance in these elemental forces in one’s life. Practicing the Six Healing sounds is another way to balance out these elemental forces in an individual’s life.
Our Healing Sounds blog series discusses these sounds and their related symptoms and characteristics. If you are uncertain which ones to practice you can also discuss them with your acupuncturist.