Doctoral Research

Doctoral Research

Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)
Healthy Aging & Longevity Specialty

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Dr. Celeste Rose Houvener's project that was completed in partial fulfillment for her DAOM degree was titled:

“A Study in a Novel Electronically Produced TCM-Based Sound Therapy for Affecting Mood and Perceived Wellness in Adults”

About the Project

“A Study in a Novel Electronically Produced TCM-Based Sound Therapy for Affecting Mood and Perceived Wellness in Adults”


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM-Based Sound Therapy (TCMST)



Sound Therapy


Vibrational Medicine

Clinical Trial

Statistically Significant Clinical Research

Biomedically / Scientifically Informed Implementation of Traditional Medicine 




Sound resounds through all matter in the universe; reflecting & expressing the state of existence. Tuning into the power of sound has shown therapeutic potential through improving health and wellness outcomes. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and sound science recognize dynamic balance, resonance, and harmony as principle aspects of reality. Biomedicine illuminates the importance of these aspects of existence to health through concepts such as homeostasis and coherence. TCM propitiates that aligning with the rhythms of nature is the way to realize sound health. Chinese culture has calculated and understood the fundamentals of sound frequency for millennia, which are congruent with the modern western findings of sound science and applicable to sound therapy. 

This project aims to develop and test a novel Traditional Chinese Medicine-Based Sound Therapy (TCMST) designed concerning TCM theories and treatment principles and utilized within a modern scientific and biomedical lens. This was accomplished through establishing TCMST theory and creating a TCMST soundtrack, followed by a pilot test case study and scientific trial.


TCMST creation– The foundational research used to develop this therapy is provided in a targeted review of the pertinent literature including early Chinese music, TCM foundations, sound science, biomedical findings of sound therapy, and music therapy. The review was compiled in chronological order and from general to specific literature. The TCMST was electronically produced with respect to the established theory. The TCMST is a 30-minute soundtrack paired with a listening protocol to optimize the therapeutic effect of the sounds.

Trial- After pilot testing, the TCMST was studied within a larger population via a quasi-experimental trial. This was a one-time intervention trial that took place remotely online. 

Measurements- The TCMST was tested for its effect on mood and perceived wellness in a generally healthy adult nonrandomized convenience sample through pre- and post-trial surveys.. The effect of the intervention on mood was determined using a paired t-test on the Brief Mood Introspection Scale (BMIS). The effect of the intervention on perceived wellness was assessed using paired t-tests on five wellness markers scored on a 4-point Likert scale which were created for the trial. Pre- and post-trial feasibility markers were measured and open-ended feedback was also collected from participants upon completion of the intervention. Average level of satisfaction with five aspects of the therapy was compared to the theoretical midpoint of 2.5 on a four-point Likert scale using a one-sample t-test.


A total of 108 of the 232 registered trial participants contributed viable data to the study. The feasibility markers indicated that a majority (90% +) of participants complied with the pre-trial protocol. Mood states significantly improved based on three of the four BMIS mood indicators (Pleasant-Unpleasant, Positive-Tired, and Negative-Relaxed; p < .001), and significant increases were observed in three of the four wellness indicators (Overall, Mental, Emotional and Physical; p < .005). The participants’ average level of satisfaction with the therapy was significantly higher than the theoretical midpoint (p < .001).


The results of this study indicate that remotely administered electronically-produced TCMST is both feasible and effective in improving mood states and self-perceived wellness in healthy adults. This study’s findings provide support for the further adaption and utilization of a TCM-based sound therapy program and curriculum in the health and wellness field at large. 

Dissertation Presentation

About the Project

Research Team

Research PI:
Celeste Houvener DAOM, Lac.


Celeste a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine / Licensed Acupuncturist with over a decade of experience at a licensed healthcare provider. She is currently enrolled in the DAOM program with a specialty in Healthy Aging and Longevity at Yo San University. 

Research Institution:
Yo San University

“Yo San University, a non­profit organization, educates students to become exceptional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Taoist healing arts. The university facilitates the development of students’ spiritual and professional growth, and provides the community with integrative medical care and services.”


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