DOI: 10.14704/nq.2017.15.3.1033

A Note on Possible Healing Effects of Conch Shell Frequencies

Y. V. Suseela, J. Shashi Kiran Reddy


The conch shell as a music tool with its innumerable uses has occupied a singular place in almost all ancient traditions and cultures across the globe. It could be considered as the sole musical instrument designed by Nature herself into a fascinating piece of art. However, studies aimed at understanding the acoustical attributes of a conch shell received very less attention in modern times. None of the previous studies on conch shell aimed at looking into a few aspects for which it is usually adored and considered sacred. In general, the sound radiated from a conch shell is believed to hold a healing aspect, and that is the underlying reason why different cultures used it during ritual practices, special ceremonies and at acoustically designed sacred sites. The present concept seminates from the observation that we have an additional ultrasonic component in the sound spectrum of a conch shell along with other harmonic frequencies. Since the low-range ultrasonic frequencies are known for their beneficial and healing effects, it’s obvious to relate them to such component existing in the conch shell spectrum. In this respect, the present note serves as a starting step in analyzing the fundamental grounds for its healing aspect.


Conch Shell, Ultrasonic, Spectral Analysis, Sound Healing, Frequency

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