Music Therapy In the Tradition of China

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Music therapy has been developed by modern science, but the field has been developed in China much earlier. For thousands of years the Chinese have been looking for the secret of melodies and rhythms of the universe.

Music therapy as part of ancient Chinese medicine

Music therapy is part of an ancient Chinese medicine, and both have a mutual relationship and ongoing relationships. Music, theory of yin (negative) and Yang (positive) and the five elements (water, fire, and earth, wood, metal) are interconnected. The ancestors of China believe the essence of music is Tao, the change of Yin and Yang, the forces that regulate life, the tone and atmosphere of the universe.

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Theory of five tones music therapy

The right blend of rhythm, tone color (timbre), energy and other factors reflect the Tao of Yin and Yang. The ancient Chinese music split into five tones, which represent the five elements. According to Chinese medicine, five sounds associated with human organs. This theory has been used in the diagnosis and clinical treatment. Different sounds affect different organs.

In Chinese medicine, the theory of five tones forms the basis of a holistic music therapy. Yin and Yang of the heavens and the earth associated with the Yin and Yang of the human body. Adherents Taoists have always believed that the human body is a small universe, and harmonization in can affect the harmony outside.


Chinese traditional music is based on the doctrine of the real, and trying to get harmony with heaven, earth and the human body through music. There is an ancient Chinese sayings, “The harmony between music and the human, the harmony between heaven and man”. It is believed to be the ideal situation. Physical and mental health related to social factors. Good music can lead people to be good and can be beneficial for their health. 

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