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Anc Sci Life. 2016 Jul-Sep;36(1):3-5. doi: 10.4103/0257-7941.195414.

Effect of a Single Musical Cakra Activation Manoeuvre on Body Temperature: An Exploratory Study.

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Center for Music Therapy Education and Research, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry, India.
Research Associate and Faculty, Chennai School of Music Therapy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


Cakra activation/balancing and music therapy are part of the traditional Indian healing system. Little is known about effect of musical (vocal) technique of cakra activation on body temperature. We conducted a single-session exploratory study to evaluate effects of a single musical (vocal) cakra activation manoeuvre on body temperature in controlled settings. Seven healthy adults performed a single musical (vocal) cakra activation manoeuvre for approximately 12 minutes in controlled environmental conditions. Pre- and post-manoeuvre body temperatures were recorded with a clinical mercury thermometer. After a single manoeuvre, increase in body temperature was recorded in all seven subjects. The range of increase in body temperature was from 0.2°F to 1.4°F; with mean temperature rise being 0.5°F and median temperature rise being 0.4°F. We conclude that a single session of musical (vocal) technique of cakra activation elevated body temperatures in all 7 subjects. Further research is required to study effects of various cakra activation techniques on body temperature and other physiological parameters.


Body temperature; music therapy; musical cakra activation; spiritual therapies

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