What is frequency healing?
How does the frequency of healing work?
One of the easiest and most potent ways to use frequency healing is to engage frequencies of your own voice. Doing so stimulates the vagus nerve which holds a number of healing benefits including:
Is there scientific evidence supporting sound for healing?
How is frequency healing different from other healing therapies?
What tools are commonly used in frequency healing?
Can everyone benefit from frequency healing?
Is there a specific frequency that is best for healing?
How does one practice sound for healing at home?
Are there any side effects of frequency healing?
Where can I learn more about the benefits of frequency healing and sound for healing?
Healing with frequency is an ancient idea that is gaining popularity in both the holistic health community and western medicine. It harnesses the power of sound vibration and frequencies to treat a variety of ailments, from physical pain to emotional stress.
In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn about the science behind healing with frequency, how it works and specific frequencies of healing.
Frequency, as it relates to sound, is the rate at which something vibrates or repeats. In the context of frequency healing, these vibrations are the waves that are emitted when sound is produced by instruments such as the human voice, drums, tuning forks, and gongs among many others!
By transmitting and resonating energy through these vibrational frequencies, healing with frequencies can be a powerful way of naturally activating and restoring the body's health and well-being.
To be clear, I’m not talking about “miracle cures”, but rather, self directed ways to bring your entire being back into balance.
If you know how, these frequencies can interact with your body on a deep level, creating resonance and balance across all its systems. I’ll show exactly how to do it in just a moment, but first, let’s explore how it affects your overall health.
Among its many benefits, frequency healing can help to:
The concept of healing with frequency isn’t new. In fact, frequency healers have been around since ancient times throughout the world.
These early medicine women and men utilized healing frequencies through a variety of methods including songs, dance, drumming and chanting.
A few of the many examples include:
Siberian shaman playing a sacred medicine healing drum...
Photo by Vladimir Shibanov
Australian aboriginal people playing the lower frequency didgeridoo
The Norwegian/Finnish Sami "Joik" singing tradition…
East Asian Buddhist chanting and singing bowl traditions..
For thousands of years, practitioners have utilized healing with frequency as a powerful tool to promote well-being.
Ancient philosophers famously viewed music as "the medicine of the soul" (Gfeller, 2002), while Greek physicians traditionally used various instruments such as flutes, lyres and zithers to heal patients through vibration.
Aristotle's influential work De Anima (323–373 BCE) discussed how flute music could help purify the soul and generate strong emotions. Additionally, scriptures from both the Old Testament and New Testament contain numerous references to the medicinal power of music.
Throughout many cultures, sounds and musical frequencies have been used when a person is sick and to help them bring balance to the body.
These healing practices have endured over thousands of years and many different places, proving that sound frequencies are capable of real change.
It's believed by many that healing frequencies can promote homeostasis in the body, which is essential for efficient healing. This happens when stress levels are reduced through listening or feeling the vibration of these relaxing frequencies.
To be sure, using sound frequencies as a means of healing is gaining traction across the world and is now gaining popularity due to its effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions.
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Have you ever wondered how sound and vibration can be used to heal the body?
It’s not a new idea.
Thousands of years ago, Pythagoras theorized that musical frequencies had the power to positively affect and heal the body. In the book Porphyry, On the Life of Pythagoras, it is said that:
“Pythagoras healed psychic and bodily sufferings with rhythm, songs, and incantations. He had songs and paeans for physical ailments: when he sang them, he relieved fatigue. He also could cause forgetfulness of grief, calming of anger, and redirection of desire.”
He also observed a connection between mathematical ratios and various musical chords, laying the foundations for a form of healing with frequency.
In recent years, scientists have studied the effects of frequency on the human body.
Research has revealed that frequencies—both sound and rhythms—can positively affect a number of key bodily functions including:
When a frequency is directed towards the body, especially when using the frequencies in your own voice, it can help restore balance and switch on your body’s rest, digest and restore mode—also known as your parasympathetic nervous system.
In this mode, your body triggers its natural healing response.
This kind of therapeutic frequency healing works by stimulating the vagus nerve with the vibration of your own voice. As you do this, it causes your body to: reduce tension and stimulate circulation, encouraging healthy energy flow throughout the body.
If not, you might give it a try because it's quite easy to do.
Here’s a 90 second frequency healing exercise called Brain Humming:
At the end you might notice a tingling or buzzing sensation in your head, mild euphoria, increased mental clarity, feelings of relaxation and tranquility or even more energy!
Try increasing vocal volume if nothing happens during the exercise and turn off any external distractions that can interfere with the process.
If you want to go a little deeper, you might enjoy my free guided frequency healing tutorial!
If you want to listen to frequencies for better health, choosing the right music is essential.
Different sounds and musical pieces often contain many different frequencies.
In general, it’s most helpful to choose music that feels calming in order to support the body’s healing processes.
Some people love the sound of instruments like the hand pan, while others may prefer natural sounds like ocean waves or the rain. Choosing the right sounds can have a powerful impact on your results, so take your time researching options before making a decision.
You also may have seen YouTube videos about healing frequencies like 432 Hz and Solfeggio Frequencies. While some of these videos are popular, it’s important to sort out what they can and can’t do.
Solfeggio frequencies are said to be part of a six-tone scale that dates back centuries and is believed to have incorporated sacred music, such as the famous and beautiful Gregorian Chants.
Solfeggio refers to using syllables to note scale tones—think “do-re-mi fa sol la ti do”.
Some believe that when Solfeggio frequencies are played or sung harmoniously, spiritual blessings and healing energies can be imparted.
Others believe that certain frequencies are necessary for balancing energy in order to achieve harmony between the spirit, mind, and body.
Though we can’t know things of this nature for sure, we can say with certainty that singing any note stimulates the vagus nerve which holds a number of healing benefits including:
But with all of the thousands of YouTube videos and questionable advice on the internet, how can you know the best place to to start?
Frequency, or sound vibration, has been used for centuries in many cultures as a form of healing. Each frequency carries its own unique vibration that travels through the air and is interpreted by our brains as distinct sounds.
For example, if we were playing a piano, the note “C” sounds different from the note “A”.
The reason those two notes sound different is because they vibrate at a slightly different frequency.
When referring to sound waves, hertz or Hz measures the speed air molecules are vibrated by the sound. In other words, 432 Hz would equal 432 vibrations per second!
Here's a handy hz frequency chart for your reference:
A “middle C” on a piano vibrates at 261.63 Hz, whereas the “”A” note just a few keys above resonates at 440 Hz or 440 vibrations per second.
Now let's take a look at the fascinating world of the Solfeggio Frequencies!
The web is full of Solfeggio frequency lists touting all kinds of benefits. The intention here is to share the evidence behind these claims—or lack thereof—so that you can make more informed choices.
35-50 Hz tones aren’t traditionally included in most resources about Solfeggio frequencies that heal. However, we include them here due to existing research on them. 35-50 Hz were shown in this 2013 study to improve bone healing in rats. 35-50 Hz tones are similar to the lowest notes on a 4 or 5 string bass guitar.
In 2022, MIT researchers reported early-stage clinical study results of tests with noninvasive 40-hertz light and sound treatment. The novel treatment was observed to encourage increased neural activity and improve memory recall. This is believed to be due to the stimulation of gamma brain waves. 40 HZ is closest to a low “E” note sound on a bass guitar which is 41.20 Hz. Another 2015 study showed pain improvements for people with fibromyalgia using a 40 Hz treatment.
432 Hz is among the most popular of the Solfeggio frequencies
There’s been a long running debate on whether or not adjusting an instrument’s tuning reference made any difference.
But recently, researchers are finding more and more evidence that adjusting an instrument’s tuning reference note— traditionally the note “A”—a few cents flat to 432 Hz. And then tuning the rest of the instrument to this new, slightly flatter tuning makes a significant difference.
Though at first glance it doesn’t seem like a few steps flat would have much of an effect on anything, recent research is finding otherwise.
Multiple promising studies from the last few years find 432 Hz music to cause improved health outcomes when compared to music tuned to 440 Hz including:
Solfeggio frequencies are among the most popular ways that people use sound healing to promote relaxation and well-being.
By tuning music to certain frequencies like 432 Hz, research suggests we may be able to increase our body’s natural healing abilities.
The Solfeggio frequency 528 Hz is the second most popular of all the frequencies on this list.
And it’s one of four frequencies on this list that have been studied as far as we can tell.
528 Hz is the note “C” tuned a few cents higher from a typical 5th octave C on a piano, which normally 523.25 Hz. in conventional A=440 Hz tuning.
Just because there’s no current research, doesn’t mean there won’t be in the future.
It also doesn’t mean the frequencies listed below aren't helpful for some. When it comes to music preferences, go with what you enjoy!
Just remember to have realistic expectations when hoping to receive the results of each claim. If something seems to good to be true, it probably is. Use your best judgment.
Some sources report that this Solfeggio frequency can help reduce pain and stress or is even a special “healing frequency”. It's hard to say for sure. What we do know is that 174 Hz is actually the note “F” and is closest to the lowest note on a violin. While you can certainly make healing relaxing music using the note “F”, there’s no known research on the effects of this frequency so far.
Some claim that this frequency can promote cellular regeneration and recovery of physical wounds like cuts, burns, and more. 285 Hz is in between the notes “D flat” and D. There's no known research on the effects of this frequency so far.
This frequency lands between the note “E flat” and E. There's no known research on the effects of this frequency so far. Some sources make claims about this Solfeggio frequency that revolve around assisting with interpersonal relationships and love.
To date, there’s no known studies on 741 Hz. Musically, this tone resides in between the notes “G flat” and G. Some believe that this Solfeggio frequency can promote a spiritual awakening.
Some sources report that this Solfeggio frequency helps to open one's intuitive capabilities. 852 Hz resides in between the notes “A flat” and A in the 5th octave of a piano.
A diagram of the vagus nerve, back view— DonovanHealth.com
Given the amount emphasis placed on novel Hz numbers, it's important to remember that there are a highly potent "collection" of healing frequencies between 80 Hz and 255 Hz that most people have never heard of.
They're the ones within your own voice!
Regardless of vocal ability, quality or skill, creating simple healing frequency sounds with your voice can be a game changer when it comes to self care and healing.
Try this free 9 minute lesson that shows exactly how to do it. During and after the technique, you might feel or tingling sensation, mild euphoria and a deep sense of calm—especially if you finish the video.
You deserve to feel good. Healing means to bring your body back into a state of balance. Your body repairs itself most efficiently when stress is low and sleep quality is high. Healing with frequencies can help you do that and much more.
Whether you’re looking to take the edge off of anxiety and bedtime, or are a frequency healer aiming at helping others live well, frequency healing is worth exploring.
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Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a multi-platinum musician, educator and TEDx speaker.
His mission is to share the restorative power of music through education and performance.
Donovan is an Assistant Professor and Director of Music and Wellness at Saint Francis University.
His viral TEDx Talk "How to Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep" has been viewed over 6 million times to date.
He currently performs with his band The Sun King Warriors who can best be described as a blend of rhythm heavy roots rock, with a strong dose of big barreling drums.
Jim Donovan got his start as a founding member of the multi-platinum selling band Rusted Root.
There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movies "Ice Age", "Matilda" and the Netflix series "New Girl".
During his time with the band 1990-2005, he recorded and released seven full length albums. Including "When I Woke" (3x platinum).