Acutone: A New System of Healing Based on the Ancient Science of Sound

Book Review
Mary Kay Ryan

Co-Author, Treating AIDS with Chinese Medicine, Pacific View Press, 1992.


For the practically-minded, Acutone™: A New System of Healing Based on the Ancient Science of Sound is a clear, easy-to-use presentation of a new way to treat the acupuncture points and meridians using musical tones. It includes concise explications of its theories, and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for applying the musical tones in treatment. Separate sections are included which are tailored to practitioners who follow Five-Phase and Eight-principle style acupuncture models.
But it is really so much more. Combining a very sophisticated expertise in music with a penetrating understanding of Chinese medicine, the authors have given us not only a new therapy but also a clearer understanding of how acupuncture and energetic medicine may work.
Western acupuncturists seem to be confronted with two widely disparate choices in thinking about what we do. On the one hand, we can follow the trend out of modern China in which we are most likely to learn acupuncture theory and practice in a fairly rote and mechanical way. In this approach we are unlikely to think about the actual workings of energetics at all. Or we can embrace a fairly unsatisfying New Age notion about energy, which often uses shallow metaphors to explain complex ideas of physics of which the authors have no real knowledge. In this approach we try to think about energetics but without any real expertise or system with which to represent it.
Acutone gives us another option. It uses a real knowledge of the physics and energetics of music to describe a new therapeutic approach, but ends up giving us a mathematical and scientific way to visualize how energy or perhaps more accurately “vibrational healing” works.
Although the authors have given us something new, they have based their system on sound reasoning from the Chinese classics and a wide knowledge of Chinese history and mythology. The solid reasoning which characterizes the book gives a much sounder basis to extensions of its theories. Using Acutones to “clear the energy of a treatment space” no longer seems like a dubious flight of fancy, but like a logical extension of energetic theory.
If you want to learn a new, non-invasive way to treat patients, this book will give you everything you need to do so. But if you only end up reading if for its insights into the workings of vibrational medicine, you will certainly also feel that your are a better and more perceptive practitioner for it.


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