Emotional and Physical Detoxification through Breathing
The Six Healing Sounds is a breathing technique cultivated by the ancient Chinese to improve health and promote healing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the five major organs — Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lungs, and Kidneys — are each assigned an element (Fire, Wood, Earth, Metal, and Water). Every organ also resonates with a particular sound. By using the associated sound, stale, congested qi (vital force) in the affected organ can be transformed into vibrant health.
There are a number of different traditions that use specific arm positions for each sound. This video reflects the way I learned this Taoist Six Healing Sounds practice while I was a student of Chinese Medicine at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Marina del Rey, CA.
This moving meditation is composed of six segments of six sounds. You can perform the sounds either sitting or standing. Each sound segment is practiced six times. Two to three repetitions are recommended for each sound.
Begin by checking in with your body and the internal environment. Try not to judge whatever emotion(s) are most predominant. Just observe them.
First Sound: SHU
Similarity: like making the sound “shhhh”
Posture: open your eyes widely and look at a tree or follow the arm position shown in the video.
Natural element: Wood
Organs: Liver- Gall BladderSeason
Second Sound: HO
Similarity: like the end of a snore
Posture: hold the hands together on top of the head.
Natural element: Fire
Third Sound: HU
Similarity: like blowing on hot soup to cool it off
Posture: shape the mouth as needed or follow the arm position shown in the video.
Natural element: Earth
Organ: Spleen-Pancreas / Stomach
Emotion: Worry, over thinking
Fourth Sound: SZZ
Similarity: like making a hissing sound
Posture: raise both hands high over the head
Natural element: Metal
Fifth Sound: FU
Similarity: like gently saying “foo”
Posture: hold the knees close to the head
Natural element: Water
Organ: Kidney / Urinary Bladder
Sixth Sound HSS
Similarity: like the sound of air slowly leaking out of a tire
Posture: Lie on the back and relax
Organ: Triple Warmer / Metabolism
This sound harmonizes the energy of the whole body
Note: If you feel weak, you do not need to make the sound out loud. You can cultivate silent resonance!
Conditions that this meditation can help when practiced consistently
First Sound: Benefits the upper body (the eye and head), nervous and Liver systems
Decreased or elevated liver enzymes, agitation, excessive anger,
Hypertension, dry eyes, vertigo
Second Sound: Benefits the chest, mid-upper body, and the Heart
~Insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, tachycardia, and emotional congestion
Third Sound: For Spleen / Stomach disorders
~Anemia, weight loss. Indigestion, poor appetite. Hemorrhoids
Fourth Sound: Benefits respiratory disorders
~Common cold, cough, malaise, fever
Fifth Sound: Benefits the lower trunk, Anus, Large and Small Intestines and water system
~Weak knees, weal teeth
Sixth Sound: Benefits the Triple Warmer
My recommendation is that, if you resonate with this Taoist cultivation, you practice every day for at least six months with focus and intention.
To your Health!
Yamin Chehin L.Ac