Innovations in Sound and Cymatics Advance ‘The Medicine of the Future’

Recently, scientists have been discovering how sound waves, acoustics, and cymatics can revolutionize health care. Who knows what other advances may be on the horizon?

Cymatics is the study of how specific sound waves and vibrations create visible intricate geometric patterns in matter. You may have seen the beautiful patterns on social media. But now, we’re beginning to find practical applications for these mesmerizing visual effects. 

First, see a bit about cymatic frequencies below from The CymArtist:

Sound and Cymatics – the Medicine of the Future

Stanford researchers are using acoustic signals to generate cardiac tissue. One day, the sound-generated tissues could replace heart patches for those who suffer a heart attack. 

On Facebook, a viral post by Phyllis Ann Douglas about the Stanford research notes that this use of sound and cymatics sounds familiar. She remembered a quote by the self-proclaimed American healer and psychic Edgar Cayce.

“I keep thinking about Edgar Cayce’s statement about ‘sound would be the medicine of the future.’ I believe much is really a reawakening to the power of sound and that we now have the tools to take it further,” she writes.

Cymatics by Utkan Demirci and Sean Wu
Cymatics by Utkan Demirci and Sean Wu/ Stanford Medicine

Likewise, Nikola Tesla once stated:

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” Nikola Tesla.

Cymatics Helps Generate Heart Tissue

Today, a cardiologist, Sean Wu, and an acoustic bioengineer, Utkan Demirci, discovered how to use acoustic signals and cymatics to work with heart cells.

By changing the frequency of sounds with a knob, they can guide heart cells into intricate visual patterns.

“You can trigger those ripples on the microscale,” explains acoustic bioengineer Utkan Demirci. “Like when the tides of the ocean sweep a sunken ship’s treasures to shore — we’re sort of doing the same thing with heart cells.” 

With a change of frequency, they can change the cells into almost any pattern.

“You can make triangles, hexagonal shapes, circles, lines — you can even make a little human shape,” said Demirci.

Using acoustics, the researchers can create cells more like natural functioning cardiac tissue. When heart cells are packed together tightly, they can beat together in unison. On the other hand, if they are too closely packed, they can’t receive nutrients. With sound, they can configure the cells in the necessary density.

The Brain’s Unique Sound

Physicist Michio Kaku says that the multiverse is always creating a kind of cosmic music. As this cosmic music resonates through 11 dimensions, it may be something like the “Mind of God” described by Albert Einstein.

On a smaller scale, everything has a unique sound, from mosquitos to humans. What if we could hear what our own brain sounds like?

Now, a Stanford neurologist and composer have collaborated to create a tool to hear the human brain’s signature sound. They call it the brain stethoscope.

By listening to the sound, we may soon be able to listen to our brain’s tone. One application is detecting when someone is having a silent seizure.

“The instrument, which is noninvasive and looks like a sweatband, straps onto a person’s head and listens to the brain’s electrical signals. With a push of a button, those signals are converted to sound that streams from a small speaker connected to the band. The thought is that doctors can ‘hear’ the tone of the brain — particularly if there is a seizure.”

Of course, wouldn’t everyone like to know what their brain’s signature sound is like?

Tiny Advanced Implants Powered by Ultrasound

Another Stanford researcher created a tiny implantable medical ship the size of two grains of rice. Unlike other devices, it’s powered by ultrasound.

“A Swiss army knife of implantable devices, the chip can change its function to fulfill different biological needs. Its various modes are controlled by the same thing that fuels it. ‘Ultrasound is both a power source and a way to communicate with the device,'” says Amin Arbabian.

With a tiny “harvester” module, the chip can convert ultrasound waves into electrical energy. Then, the scientist can remotely communicate with the device using encoded commands. Thus, the implant can perform a whole host of functions as it monitors the body.

Reading about this incredible advance, one can’t help but think about the late Dr. Roger Leir. He performed surgical procedures on alleged alien abductees and claimed to find foreign objects that sound much like the advanced implants described above.

Who knows what other technologies we will discover with advanced knowledge of sound?

Related: Magnetic Fields and Crystal Resonance Lead to Quantum Breakthrough

Sounds and Acoustics: An Ancient Knowledge?

Since ancient times, knowledge of sound waves and acoustics have long been part of human culture. Indeed, acoustic archaeologists have found some incredible things in structures dating back thousands of years.

Some of the best-known examples are Stonehenge in the UK, Newgrange in Ireland, and the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni on the island of Malta. There, ancient people built incredible stone monuments that generate acoustic sounds, such as the “Oracle Chamber” in the Hypogeum.

Precise Frequencies in Ancient Chambers

Inside this Oracle Chamber, sound resonates at precise frequencies around 110 Hz, as it does in Newgrange and other structures in Europe. These frequencies match the pitch that mens’ voices typically create when chanting.

Due to the spacing of the Oracle Chamber, speaking creates a standing wave pattern that echos for seven or eight seconds.

“It is said that standing in the Hypogeum is like being inside a giant bell. At certain pitches, one feels the sound vibrating in bone and tissue as much as hearing it in the ear,” wrote Ancient Origins.

Experiments show that playing 110 or 111 Hz frequencies has a specific effect on people’s minds. A 2008 study by Dr. Ian Cook of UCLA found that volunteers who listened to 110 Hz frequencies deactivated the language center in the brains, switching to the right side.

“Findings indicated that at 110 Hz, the patterns of activity over the prefrontal cortex abruptly shifted, resulting in a relative deactivation of the language center and a temporary switching from left to right-sided dominance related to emotional processing. People regularly exposed to resonant sound in the frequency of 110 or 111 Hz would have been ‘turning on’ an area of the brain that bio-behavioral scientists believe relates to mood, empathy, and social behavior,” reports PRWeb.

Possibly, ancient people were doing this to facilitate an altered – or perhaps elevated – state of consciousness?

Related: Magnetic Fields and Crystal Resonance Lead to Quantum Breakthrough

A Sacred Bird Sound and a Mayan Temple

Meanwhile, sound waves diffract across the tiers in stepped pyramid structures worldwide, reflecting higher frequencies. At the Mayan Temple of Kukulcan in Chichén Itzá, there is an interesting sound phenomenon. If you clap your hands in front of the pyramid, it produces a sound much like the Quetzal bird. These gorgeous green and red birds with long flowing tails were sacred to the Maya (see video below). Intentional or coincidence?

Respledent Quetzal, Costa Rica by Harleybroker via Wikimedia Commons  (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Respledent Quetzal, Costa Rica by Harleybroker via Wikimedia Commons  (CC BY-SA 4.0

Recommended: The Cosmic Web is Spinning, Bringing Order to the Universe

More on Ancient structures with acoustic properties below from SciShow:

Featured image: Screenshot via YouTube/The CymArtist

Corbin Black

Corbin is an artist and former biology major who enjoys exploring the world of weird news and the unknown. A blogger and SEO writer, he has written for numerous websites under various pen names covering a range of topics from the mundane to the fantastic.

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