The Ancient Science of Vedic Vibration: Healing Through Sound

 By Lynn Yamada Lass


Since ancient times, human cultures have used sound—such as music or chanting—as a means for healing, relaxation and upliftment of the human spirit. Now available for the first time in Seattle is Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology (MVVT), a potentially powerful form of sound therapy that comes from the

Ancient Vedic wisdom of India.


For years Sandy Basker, a computer software specialist in Seattle, suffered flare-ups of arthritic pain in her hands during cold weather. Last spring, Sandy received a consultation from MVVT experts. At first, she wasn’t certain how much she had benefited from the consultation, but this year she went through her first Seattle winter in many years without any pain in her hands. Convinced the MVVT sessions were effective, she now plans to undergo an MVVT consultation for her knees.


Michelle McKee, a Bellevue homemaker married to a M.D., feels that MVVT improved her chronic hearing loss by 60-70 percent. “After completing the consultation,” she says, “I am finding that my ability to  discriminate between sounds has greatly improved. For instance, when I am transcribing an audiotape, there are words that I couldn’t easily make out before, which now are very clear.” She adds, “The consultation itself was an extremely blissful experience. I felt good all over.”


Both Sandy and Michelle received their MVVT consultations at the new Maharishi  Vedic Health Center located in the University district.


To date, MVVT has been used to treat people all over the world for over 75 types of chronic health problems, including:


Mental disorders


Respiratory problems

Gynecological disorders

Gastrointestinal disorders

Uterine fibroids

Musculoskeletal disorders

Ano-rectal disorders

Endocrine disorders

Skin disorders






MVVT is applied by Indian experts trained under the supervision of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who brought the Transcendental Meditation technique to the West more than 40 years ago. Since then, over 600 scientific studies have demonstrated that the Transcendental Meditation program significantly reduces stress and fatigue, increases energy and stamina, and improves mental and physical health. Since the 1980s, Maharishi has focused on creating a worldwide revival of the ancient Vedic approach to health and has encouraged the research,

application and refinement of Vedic health technologies, including MVVT.


“The centuries-old medicine-predominant approach to health has failed to eliminate sickness and suffering,” states Maharishi. “This is because medicine alone is too superficial to influence all the innumerable values that

constitute the structure of life and its evolution. Only a holistic approach that takes into consideration all aspects of mind and body together can be successful in handling health.”


Interestingly, Maharishi feels that Ayurveda, as it is commonly practiced, is limited in its ability to create a state of good health for most individuals. Instead, the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health includes the Transcendental Meditation technique, diet, Yoga exercises, Vedic architecture, Vedic astrology, Gandharva Veda—in fact, 40 different disciplines in all.


According to Maharishi, the holistic approach involves aligning the mind and body to the inner intelligence and universal natural laws that govern our physiology at the most fundamental level. Most people lose the full support of nature’s intelligence as stress and fatigue accumulate in the nervous system over the years, resulting in disorder and disease in the physiology.


In his early writings decades ago, the scientific-minded Maharishi explained that this underlying field of intelligence is one and the same as the unified field of quantum physics from which all energy and matter emerge. Maharishi has worked with scientists from many disciplines to create a scientific and theoretical understanding of pure consciousness as the unified field of all the laws of nature and how this field of life can be accessed by the individual.




MVVT uses Vedic sounds to create a soothing and healing effect on the human physiology. The knowledge of these sounds and their effects has been handed down in an oral tradition that goes back thousands of years in India.


In the 1980s, Maharishi first brought together leading Indian experts of Ayurveda, as well as Western medical doctors and research scientists, to begin a comprehensive restoration of this ancient holistic approach to health. Most recently in the 1990s, he has consulted leading Vedic experts, physicists, physiologists and medical doctors to refine the science of Vedic vibration therapy into an effective healing approach that could be applied in a modern setting.


At his international headquarters in Holland, Maharishi and his team of experts and scientists studied the ancient Vedic texts in relation to the human physiology. What they discovered was that the 40 branches of Vedic literature correspond precisely to specific aspects of the human physiology. The basis for

Vedic Vibration is that specific Vedic sounds as found in the Vedic literature can enliven the underlying intelligence of specific parts of the body, creating a nourishing and balancing effect.


As Dr. Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., explains in his book Human Physiology: Expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature, the sounds of the Vedas are nothing less than the intelligence that orchestrates the human physiology. Maharishi has credited Dr. Nader with the breakthrough research that precisely matched the

structure, qualities and functions of the Vedas with the structures, qualities and functions of human physiology.




A MVVT consultation consists typically of three sessions over a three- to five-day period. Each session addresses one or more health disorders and may last from 30 to 90 minutes. After completion of the sessions, participants are instructed to take lots of rest for a week and to avoid straining the part of the body being treated.


During a MVVT session, the patient does nothing but relax, sleep or observe, while the Indian expert administers the appropriate Vedic sounds through breath and/or touch. MVVT is a subtle technology that often leaves the participant feeling very relaxed and blissful. The MVVT experts do not diagnose disease, nor

do they direct individuals to stop any Western or natural medicines which they may already be using. The experts merely apply the appropriate Vedic sounds to the part of the physiology which needs healing.


Responses to MVVT vary, depending on the severity and nature of the disorders. In some cases, relief comes immediately—in others, a few weeks after their consultation. Some people have experienced 100 percent reversal of their symptoms; however, the degree of response varies, with the percent of improvement experienced for all chronic disorders treated so far averaging about 42 percent. About 80 percent of those who have been treated by MVVT reported experiencing a significant improvement in their chronic disorder.


Individuals are encouraged to get a diagnosis from a trained healthcare practitioner before applying for MVVT. The more that is known about a chronic condition, the greater the effectiveness of MVVT. For example, addressing imbalances in the hormonal system might entail the use of Vedic sounds corresponding to the general endocrine system, along with sounds that target a specific gland, hormone or receptor site.




Physicians who recommend Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology are largely professionals with an interest in natural medicine and Transcendental Meditation™. They say the technique helps restore balance to the

physiology at a profound level.


Dr. Nancy Hamil Routt, a Seattle chiropractic physician, has undergone MVVT herself. Both her husband and mother have also benefited from the program. She says she is very impressed with both the safety and simplicity of the program. “My personal experience with MVVT was the nearly instantaneous reduction of

musculo-skeletal symptomology. The technique is completely non-invasive and unique. It appears to promote healing at a profound level.”


“Natural healing responses are promoted without unwanted side effects,” says Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D., medical director of the Maharishi Vedic Medical Center in North Bethesda, Maryland. She particularly recommends MVVT for patients not responding to traditional healthcare modalities.


Dr. Steele Belok, a Boston-area physician who recommends MVVT, says that from both a Vedic and quantum mechanical perspective, “Health is the integrated and balanced state of all the vibrations that make up the individual. Disease is seen as some lack of balance of the fundamental frequencies that constitute the body. Because the body is ultimately a complex waveform, the possibility arises that the appropriate vibratory frequencies might be used to restore normal functioning in chronic disorders.”




Starting in 1997, Dr. Tony Nader and other researchers tested MVVT on patients in Holland, Germany, France and Japan. When results proved positive in many cases, they began double blind controlled studies. Individuals with an array of conditions, including migraine headache, arthritis, back pain, neurological disorders and chronic gastrointestinal pain, underwent the therapy program. Nader noted that the results were remarkable for several reasons:


1. Individuals often experienced rapid relief.

2. Frequently, there was high relief of symptoms

3. Duration of the disease appeared to be no barrier to producing relief

4. Relief was obtained without producing side effects.


Results from the study include the following:



Compared to a matched control group, all 176 treated patients with various forms of arthritis experienced “highly significant” responses with respect to pain, motion, range, and stiffness. Sixty-four described complete relief of pain and stiffness, and significant improvement in range of motion. Of this group, 23 had had the problem for 10 to 41 years, 30 for three to nine years, and 11 for two or less years. Another 42 patients described 80 percent relief; 21 reported 60 percent relief; 18 reported 40 percent relief; and 31 said the effect was less than 40 percent.



Nine patients received the consultation and showed significant reduction in wheezing and restricted breathing compared to six control cases. Three patients reported total relief; 2 described relief at the 80 percent level; another 2 at 60 percent; and the remaining 2 at 40 percent or less.



Nine described their improvement at 80 percent; 2 reported 60 percent improvement; and 8 said relief was 40 percent or less.



Pain was reported significantly reduced in 30 cases as compared to 22 controls. Eight said their relief was total; 14 estimated it to be 80 percent; 3 said 60 percent; and the remaining 5 said 40 percent or less.



The reduction in itching and burning symptoms was highly significant for 11 cases as compared to 7 controls. Complete relief was reported by four patients; 80 and 60 percent by one each; and 40 percent or less by five.


A more recent study of the more than 2000 patients that have used this non-medical approach to healing showed an average improvement of 42.3 percent for more than 80 different diseases. Eighty-three people reported 100 percent relief.


Participants are informed that MVVT is not intended as a replacement for any medical care that he or she is currently using, and individuals who inquire about the program are advised to follow the recommendations of their physicians.


Lynn Yamada Lass is a freelance writer who lives in Seattle.


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