Sound Medicine: How to Use the Ancient Science of Sound to Heal the Body and Mind (Hardcover)
From a leading neurologist, neuroscientist and practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, comes a rigorous scientific investigation of the healing power of sound, showing readers how they can use it to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
Why does a baby’s cry instantaneously flood a mother’s body with a myriad of stress hormones? How can a song on the radio stir up powerful emotions, from joy to anger, regret to desire? Why does sound itself evoke such primal and deeply felt emotions?
A vibration that travels through air, water and solids, sound is produced by all matter, and is a fundamental part of every species’ survival. But there is a hidden power within sound that has only just begun to be investigated. Sound Medicine takes readers on a journey through the structure of the mouth, ears, and brain to understand how sound is translated from acoustic vibrations into meaningful neurological impulses. Renowned neurologist and Ayurvedic expert Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary explains how different types of sound impact the human body and brain uniquely, and explores the physiological effects of sound vibration, from altering mood to healing disease.
Blending ancient wisdom with modern science, Dr. Chaudhary traces the history of sound therapy and the use of specific mantras from previously unknown texts—traced back to the Siddhas, a group of enlightened yogis who created a healing tradition that served as the precursor to Ayurvedic medicine—to explain the therapeutic application of sounds for a wide range of conditions. Sound Medicine offers practical, step-by-step lessons for using music and mantras, whether you’re a beginner or searching for a more advanced practice, to improve your health in body, mind, and spirit.
About the Author
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is an integrative neurologist, neuroscientist, and the former director of Wellspring Health at Scripps Memorial Hospital. She received her Internship in Internal Medicine at UCLA and her Neurology Fellowship from UCSD. She has participated in over twenty clinical research studies in the areas of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. She is currently the head of Sri Narayani Ayurvedic Centre in Tamil Nadu, India where she is not only implementing the use of sound medicine into the treatment of chronic disease, but also studying the ancient Siddha texts that have been hidden from public view for centuries.
"In Sound Medicine Dr. Chaudhary offers a modern guide to the ancient science of mantra and healing. Mantras, which are part of the Ayurvedic healing tradition, are primordial sounds that can help return the body to homeostasis. They also allow us to transcend sensory experience and bring us back to our source of existence, which is pure consciousness beyond the realms of space, time, and causality. I highly recommend this book.”
— Deepak Chopra, MD
“This book is a treasure trove of the wisdom and science behind what we humans experience as “Sound.” Dr. Chaudhary unravels the mysteries of sound healing and shows how the spiritual path can be supported and revealed through the eyes of science. It leads us to the door of the room where real Love lives.”
— Grammy Award-nominated artist Krishna Das
“Sound Medicine is an accessible guide to journeying through the realm of sacred sound. It satisfies our longing for proof and scientific evidence, stimulates our heart strings through touching stories, and encourages us to try for ourselves what millions of people throughout the ages have found to be powerful tools of healing and transformation.”
— Grammay Award-nominated artist Deva Premal
“Sound Medicine is a beautiful and magical exploration that will take your wellness to the next level with its blend of cutting-edge neuroscience research and ancient wisdom. While many wellness books can overlap with information, my esteemed collegue Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary brings us fresh advice that is both actionable and thought provoking.”
— Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine practitioner, bestselling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum