For centuries, sound was one of the predominant healing modalities in many cultures. Shamans chanted and drummed to heal people, while ancient mystery schools in Greece, Egypt and India developed sound into a sacred science. In the Bible, David played his harp to lift King Saul’s depression. Egyptian papyri over 2,600 years old refer to incantations as cures for infertility and rheumatic pain. The ancient Greeks believed music had the power to heal body and soul and used the flute and the lyre for treating illnesses such as gout and sciatica. Pythagoras used special songs and incantations with particular melodies and rhythms to cure diseases of the body and mind. The great Pyramids, some say, were constructed using sound.
While the use of sound and music can be found in many spiritual and sacred cultural traditions, sound healing is a relatively new modality in the allopathic and complementary healing arts. The basic principle of sound healing holds that all matter is energy; this energy is eternal and in a constant state of vibration, or resonance. Unseen, this vibration, or subtle energy field, is primordial and the basic foundation for all existence. It is the same thing as "Qi" in Chinese medicine.