Sound-based healing dates back to prehistoric times when shamans chanted and drummed to heal people. Ancient cultures in Australia, Egypt, and India are all known to have used sound and music to facilitate healing. The first known culture to heal with sound are the Aboriginal people of Australia. For at least 40,000 years didgeridoo has been used as a healing tool. The Aborigines healed broken bones, muscle tears, and other kinds of illnesses using this enigmatic musical instrument.
Drums and rattles are two of the earliest known musical instruments in Egyptian and Babylonian cultures. The low frequency sounds from drums and the ultrasound created by rattles are now both scientifically known to accelerate healing. Ancient cultures in India believed that harmonious sounds could be used to heal the body at a cellular level. Nada Yoga is a modern manifestation of one such ancient science that celebrates the effect of musical vibrations on the human body.
Despite its rich history, Sound-based healing had almost disappeared in the West until the 1930s, when acoustic researchers rediscovered the medical properties of ultrasound waves. Today, there is a vast amount of scientific research on the healing benefits of ultrasound waves, examples include its use in breaking up kidney stones and shrinking tumors.