Published on July 1st, 2017 | by Christel B. Haase PhD., Certified Reflexologist0
Nitric Oxide & Tuning Forks Integrating Science and Sound Therapy to Promote Healing
In 1998 three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of nitric oxide and its role in vasodilating and cardio-protective effects. Over 60,000 studies have been done on nitric oxide in the last 20 years. Research in the field of sound and biochemistry now shows that tuning forks placed on the physical body spike nitric oxide, setting off a cascade of physiological events that directly influences health.
Nitric oxide is made naturally in cells and released in surrounding tissues as a short-lived gas. The release of nitric oxide by cells is closely linked with the nervous system and termed “puffing” by scientists to describe the rising and falling of this gas molecule. The rising (wave-like) phase sends a signal to cells to relax. During the falling phase of the wave, nitric oxide dissipates and cells are activated. Stress throws the nervous system off balance, leading to compromised nitric oxide production and weakened immune functioning in the body.
Dr. John Beaulieu, an expert on stress science and researcher on the healing effects of sound and music, and biochemists at Cell Dynamics measured the effects of sound on human tissues and found that frequencies emitted by weighted tuning forks can stimulate and reactivate nitric oxide when applied directly to bone or connective tissue.
Investigating the effects of sound on fiber motion, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America confirms that sound waves are transmitted through the body, supporting the claim that tuning fork vibrations induce resonance in muscles and nerve networks. A study published in 1991 in Science also concludes that high frequency energy can be transmitted along bone tissue and through cell cytoplasm.
Nitric oxide signals the natural release of anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and free radicals and has been shown to be important in cellular activities which include: boosting the nervous system; strengthening the immune system; regulation of blood pressure by dilating arteries; aiding digestion; and reducing inflammation. Dr. Beaulieu explains “reductionist science (is) finally happening . . . and a new doorway (has) opened into the understanding of the power of sound to heal.”
Christel Haase holds a Ph.D. in Holistic Health and certification in Reflexology, G-Jo Acupressure, and Iridology. Christel has been practicing reflexology for over 12 years.