Tibetan singing bowls are a very ancient musical instrument. They look like bronze bowls, although the alloy, with which they are made, can include up to 12 metals, they do not have a clapper but are played using a stick that generates a deep and fascinating sound. Tibetan singing bowls are at the center of numerous scientific studies since it is believed that the vibration generated by them is able to act on mood and anxiety. But let's understand better.
Tibetan singing bowls, what science says
Scientific research has shown that listening to Tibetan singing bowls has led to a reduction in the values of stress, tension and fatigue in addition to counteracting depression (Goldsby et al, J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med, 2017). Not only that, the sound of Tibetan singing bowls has also proven able to lower blood pressure values (Landry et al, Am J Health Promot, 2014). Tibetan singing bowls are so beneficial in case of anxiety and stress that they are also being used in some hospitals in preoperative treatment to help patients manage agitation. In fact, the Tibetan singing bowls, being different from the normal relaxing or classical music performed with flutes, string or piano instruments since they emit a constant and regular sound, lend themselves, perhaps better than other instruments, to promoting relaxation and meditation. The state of relaxation was precisely measured on patients waiting for the operation and listening to Tibetan singing bowls. Well, in those who had listened to this sound for 30 minutes, the saliva values of the alpha amylase enzyme, which is considered an indicator of stress, had decreased. Changes in heart rhythm were also observed with a reduction in low frequencies and an increase in the high ones by indicating an increase in the activity of the parasympathetic system, which is a part of the autonomic nervous system with a calming action (Cotoia et al, Anesthesiol Res Pract., 2018). It is still unclear how Tibetan singing bowls can act. However, some hypotheses have been advanced that include the interaction between the vibration of the Tibetan bowls and the energy field of the body or the response of the brain to a difference in tone perceived by the two ears, which results in a state of relaxation (Goldsby et al, J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med, 2017). In short, the mechanism has not yet been understood but what is certain is that the Tibetan singing bowls work to restore calm and balance.
Tibetan singing bowls, how to listen to them
If you are lucky enough to have a Tibetan singing bowl at home, you will certainly be able to exploit its incredible benefits when you feel most stressed or to encourage meditation. If not, go to the relaxation area of the app Natural Remedies and discover the new sounds just added, it is the Tibetan singing bowls that will help you in times of anxiety or insomnia!