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This morning I read a post promoting a "Sound Balancing with Tuning Forks" event that claimed:
"Tuning Forks have been used as healing modalities since the 1600’s".


Well, since it is generally acknowledged that the tuning fork was invented in 1711 by British musician John Shore it is unlikely they were being used in the 1600's for anything - for "healing modalities" or otherwise.

So my question is, does anyone have verifiable research and evidence of when and where people began exploring the healing/medical potentials of tuning forks? Is it a late 20th century phenomena?

Is anyone here experienced with Accutonics, Biosonics, Biofield Tuning etc?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and knowledge!


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I have references of tuning forks being used to treat 'hystero-epilepsy' at the Salpêtrière in the late 1800's. Otherwise, it's safe to say this is a 20th century item.
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Thanks, Mitch.

I asked the same question on FB in response to the person who made the original statement.
(I don't know if she is a member of this forum so will leave her unnamed unless she identifies herself.)
This was her reply, followed by my reply:

Good question Rich! In 1550 in Pavia, Italy, Girolamo Cardano, a physician, mathematician and astrologer,
noticed how sound was being perceived through the skin.

In 1553 in Padua, Italy, H. Capivacci, a physician, noticed that this knowledge of sound being
perceived through the skin might be used as a diagnostic tool for differentiating between hearing
disorders located in the middle ear or in the acoustic nerve.

In 1684, German physician G. C. Schelhammer tried using a common cutlery fork to enhance the
experiments that Capivacci was working on.

27 years later In 1711 in England, Royal trumpeter John Shore, created the first tuning fork based
on German Physician G.C. Schelhammer’s discovery using a common cutlery fork. So the 1st fork used,
(as rough as it was) was an actual cutlery fork. It's a bit like Tesla & the Schumann Resonance, it was
his discovery originally, but mankind wasn't ready for his knowledge
 
 
Thanks for your reply, ------.
In my own readings and research I've never seen it said that Shore created the first tuning fork
"based on Schelhammer's discovery" using a cutlery fork. All I've ever read is that Shore invented
it for musical purposes, but have not ever seen a connection drawn between him and Schelhammer
or hearing disorders. 

What I do see in searching again now is this from the NIH.gov site:
"The German physician G. C. Schelhammer in 1684 was the first to use a common cutlery fork in
further developing the experiments initiated by Cardano and Capivacci. For a long time to come,
however, there was no demand for this in practical otology."

I still wonder when they first really began being used as a healing tool. Chladni of course did his experiments
around 1800, and later Helmholtz experimented with them in the late 1800's....
....also quoting from the NIH page:
"H. Helmholtz, physiologist in Heidelberg, in 1863 used sets of electromagnetically powered tuning forks for
his famous experiments on the sensations of tone."

But still, I'm not sure if either of these guys were using them for or developing their use as a healing tool.

(PS - this is a discussion for The Sound Healing Forum! I did ask the same question there....)
 
~ RG


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