In ancient times, the seemingly magical powers of sound to heal was used by most cultures.
The Aboriginal people of Australia are the first known culture to heal with sound. Their “yidaki”, or didgeridoo as we know it today, has been used for healing for at least 40,000 years. The Aborigines healed broken bones, muscle tears and illnesses of all kinds using the “Yidaki”.
In ancient Egypt, priestesses used a “sistra” a type of rattle with metal discs inside that not only produced a pleasant jingling sound, but now we know it also produces ultrasonic waves which are used in our modern-day healing.
In ancient Greece, Pythagoras, who is considered to be the Father of Music Therapy, taught the use of the flute and the lyre as primary healing instruments. He was the first to prescribe music as medicine.
In the Greco Roman healing temples, it seems music was used therapeutically. The design of the temples enhanced the healing properties of musical instruments.
The Gong as a musical instrument has wonderful healing properties because it contains the whole spectrum of audible sound. Our human cells, immersed in the Gong energy field, absorb the vibrational frequency they need, and they heal.
There is a gap of about 450 years in the tradition of sound healing and, during that time, it almost died out. In 1936 we see the return of sound healing to the modern era.