Japanese Therapist Uses Koran Reading for Healing

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tokyo- Acoustic therapist Sadao Nishibori is pioneering a new form of physical therapy, using, among other things, readings from the Koran and the voices of whales and dolphins.

Nishibori's technique, which he invented 10 years ago, involves channeling these sounds toward the spinal cord, where its primary function is to warm the temperature of the body to 38 C at which point the body will kick in its own defenses and start self-healing.

“Instead of applying Western medicine, which cuts or kills the diseased parts of the body, I want to promote a new healing, a more tender form of treatment that resonates with nature and helps patients both mentally and physically,” Nishibori says.

Patients sit down on a special therapy sofa equipped with a sound system and close their eyes, so entering a state of relaxation generated by the sound waves.

Nishibori recently adapted a voice reading of the Koran echoing through an Islamic dome to his program of sounds.

“The sound of the Koran being read covers an impressively wide range of tones, from high to low,” Nishibori says. “The undulating sounds of the Koran Reading is conveyed to the spinal cord and engenders a feeling of intense happiness.”

Nishibori says the spinal cord plays a crucial role in human development.

“When we are babies in the womb immersed in fluid, we hear sounds via the spinal cord,” he explains. “The spinal cord is connected to the nervous system and healing the spinal cord has a knock-on effect on the rest of the body.”

Nishibori says dolphins and whales emit sounds of around 20,000 Hz that stun fish into a state of bliss and he is trying to recreate this feeling in humans, applying his therapy to those with both physical and mental disorders.

The therapy, which costs around 3,000 yen an hour, started three years ago and now there are four clinics using this method of treatment. Nishibori says around 6,000 people have undergone the therapy, ranging from an 8-year-old boy with leukemia to an 80-year-old suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

While the therapy is relatively unknown in Japan, it is booming in China, which has used a similar form of treatment known as Oigong since ancient times. The treatment has been endorsed by the Chinese government as a new medical technique.

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