Using Tibetan Singing BOWLS

Using Tibetan bowls and the benefits of using them

People use Tibetan singing bowls for many purposes, including stress reduction and pain relief. Some people use the bowls in combination with other healing practices, such as meditation and deep breathing. Many proponents claim that the vibrations of a singing bowl can produce beneficial changes in the body by reducing ​stress, "harmonizing" the cells, and "balancing the body's energy system." Some also claim that Tibetan singing bowls can stimulate the immune system and produce beneficial changes in brain waves.


Very few scientific studies have examined the potential benefits of Tibetan singing bowls, despite their long history of use.

One of the available studies is a report from the Swiss journal Research in Complementary Medicine. For the study, 54 people with chronic pain originating from the spine were assigned to either six sessions of singing bowl therapy, a placebo treatment, or no treatment at all.

Study results showed that members of the singing bowl group and the placebo group experienced a significant decrease in pain intensity. The study's authors also found that both the singing bowl therapy and the placebo therapy had a stress-reducing effect on participants.

Given these findings, the study's authors concluded that singing bowl therapy's effectiveness for pain relief could not be confirmed.1 A preliminary study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion in 2014 examined the benefits of starting a directed relaxation session with 12 minutes of singing bowls and found a greater reduction in systolic blood pressure and heart rate compared to silence before a directed relaxation session


To create sound with a singing bowl, firmly press the accompanying mallet in a circular motion against the bowl's outside edge or rim. When you hear a bright, clear tone, you can slow down the motion. Use your full arm to make the motion, rather than just rotating your wrist. You can also make the same circular motion against the outside belly of the bowl. Additionally, you can gently strike the bowl before beginning the circular motion.

Article Resources

  1. Wepner F, Hahne J, Teichmann A, Berka-schmid G, Hördinger A, Friedrich M. [Treatment with crystal singing bowls for chronic spinal pain and chronobiologic activities - a randomized controlled trial]. Forsch Komplementmed. 2008;15(3):130-7. doi:10.1159/000136571
  2. Landry JM. Physiological and psychological effects of a Himalayan singing bowl in meditation practice: a quantitative analysis. Am J Health Promot. 2014;28(5):306-9. doi:10.4278/ajhp.121031-ARB-528
  3. Landry JM. Physiological and Psychological Effects of a Himalayan Singing Bowl in Meditation Practice: A Quantitative Analysis. Am J Health Promot. 2014 May-Jun;28(5):306-9.
  4. Wepner F, Hahne J, Teichmann A, et al. Treatment With Crystal Singing Bowls for Chronic Spinal Pain and Chronobiologic Activities - A Randomized Controlled Trial. Forsch Komplementmed. 2008 Jun;15(3):130-7

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