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Sound healing is used, specifically, with certain acupuncture treatments. The vibration assists the needle to vibrate at a deeper level.

Sound has been used for healing since the beginning of recorded time and longer. Everyone responds to music, from pre-natal experience through to our death. We respond to rhythm, melody, and harmony. The way we respond is as much because of the music as it is from our individual life experience of what music feels like to us.

There are references to sounds effecting the health, by Taoists who discovered the effects of qi and emanating sound to enhance and spread qi throughout the body. The Egyptians used sound for healing as well as Tibetans, American Indians and Shamen of every culture.

There is various proof of the healing energy of sound.

  • it increases endorphins
  • it opens up the lungs and their connection with kidney qi, so there is more room to inspire, physically and mentally
  • We can effect brain states, creating more alpha activity, which is a relaxed stated of mind and theta activity, where our attention shifts to our inner world, associated with meditation, deep healing and transformational experiences.
  • Brain wave activity can effect muscle tension, stress hormones, heart rate, blood pressure and respiration.

Besides all these wonderful side effects, making music is intuitive and fun! This alone enhances relaxation and endorphin activity.

Sound and Healing

At Acupuncture Energy Works, we incorporate the use of sound and energy and healing in a few different ways.

Tuning Forks

One of the ways Acupuncture works with sound healing is by incorporating the use of Tuning Forks. Tuning forks are metal carries of pitch or tone. When a tuning fork is place at an acupuncture point, the vibration of the tone of the tuning fork is carried into the area of the acupuncture point, stimulating the point. Points are activated to balance and so the experience can be relaxing or it can be awakening. The result of a tuning fork session is uplifting for the spirit and this is uplifting for the body.

Tuning forks can be used in conjunction with acupuncture needles, and without them. The use of tuning forks with organic essential oils focuses the treatment in the direction of healing specific to the patient.

Vocal Sound healing with bowls and bells

Vocal sound healing is performed with the patient lying on the acupuncture table, either with or without needles, fully clothed. The practitioner then tones certain notes into different areas of the patient’s body. Depending on the tone and on the strength of the tone, the area of the patient’s body will respond, becoming more relaxed or tonified. Sound healing with voice creates a powerful connection for the patient uplifting their healing experience.

Remote Sound Healing

Remote Sound Healing is performed by a practitioner who is not in the same room as the patient.

The practitioner and the patient set up a time when the practitioner will ‘send’ sound healing to the patient. At that time, the patient will lie down in a supine position, facing up and intend to ‘receive’ the healing vibrations of the practitioner. This is a usually a deeply relaxing experience. At some time soon after the session, the patient and the practitioner will share notes about their experience. Often the patient and the practitioner will share similar sensations or visions in unison, one person at one location and the other person somewhere else. The connection between the 2 with this healing is profound, uplifting and an affirmation of the oneness of experience.

Sound healing used with acupuncture points


MaryAnne Bachia is a licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist, currently working in the state of Colorado. MaryAnne specializes in working with Acupuncture and herbs and chronic diseases, such as lymes, cancer, parkinsons, chronic fatigues, metabolic issues and any digestive issues.

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