Master Shen Wu and Beijing Yao Hospital

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On September 10th, 2016, Beijing Yao Hospital officially hired Master Shen Wu as Post Doctoral Mentor. Mr. Tan, the director of the Beijing Yao Hospital, talked about the importance of traditional Chinese medicine in fighting diseases in the modern era and how Master Shen Wu’s Chinese Music Therapy (Music for Healing) derived from Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine would benefit patients not only in the hospital but also around the world. More than hundreds of staff, patients and guests showed up at the event.

Using Calming Effect of Music to ‘Heal’ Illnesses

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Article originally posted on The Star Online‘s Malaysia Community News on December 20, 2014.

Soothing melodies: Master Shen Wu playing the Gu Xun, a traditional Chinese musical instrument during his Music Therapy performance at Equatorial Hotel Penang.
Soothing melodies: Master Shen Wu playing the Gu Xun, a traditional Chinese musical instrument during his Music Therapy performance at Equatorial Hotel Penang.

IT may be a ‘costly’ affair to watch the performance of Master Shen Wu, who is touted to be an eminent music therapy guru, but that did not stop more than 500 people from packing the Equatorial Hotel Penang ballroom to catch his show.

The event started off with Master Shen Wu, who is the founder of SW Music Therapy, playing a flute-like instrument called Gu Xun which emanated a slow and soothing flow of music, keeping the audience attentive for more than an hour.

The atmosphere turned to pin drop silence, when he continued playing his serene and peaceful music using another traditional instrument called the ‘Ba Wu’.

The pace of his music moved to the next level when Shen Wu switched to the piano, but the music was still serene and subdued and kept the audience glued to their seats with their eyes closed while enjoying the soothing and calming effect of the music.

In his brief introduction after the opening address by Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, Shen Wu urged the audience to put their minds and bodies at rest, so as to fully blend with the music and close their minds to the outside world, to listen and accept the music which would ‘heal’ whatever their diseases were.

He said music therapy was an alternative therapy developed from the combination of the art of Chinese culture, traditional Chinese medicine and classical culture.

He also claimed music therapy had gained recognition and acceptance worldwide as a viable method of healing by many experts in the fields of conventional healing and modern medicine, by colleges and institutions, by scientists as well as celebrities and political figures.

The organiser of the event was SW Music Therapy Association, Penang.

Its president Lye Teik Gin said that the objective of the event was to introduce and promote ‘Music of Life’ to the public where the proceeds would be used for the activities of the association, which was formed in July.

Singing Praises of Music Therapy

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Article Originally posted on The Star Online‘s Malaysia Community News on December 17, 2014.

Spreading his message: Shen Wu playing a traditional instrument called 'Gu Xun' during the press conference to promote the benefits of music therapy.
Spreading his message: Shen Wu playing a traditional instrument called ‘Gu Xun’ during the press conference to promote the benefits of music therapy.

A PERFORMANCE touted as music therapy will be held at the Equatorial Hotel in Penang on Sunday.

Organisers claim Master Shen Wu, the founder of SW Music Therapy, has helped cancer patients and people suffering from depression through his music.

“Music therapy and energy can help with the mind. It can relieve pain, reduce stress and bring comfort to patients.

“With music therapy, we can better deal with all the emotional and physical needs of a patient,” said event organising chairman Chieng Ngee Kiat.

He stressed that the right choice of music could calm patients and reduce their blood pressure.

“Also, one must be very calm in order to compose music for therapy,” he said.

“Shen Wu will incorporate his music therapy through the musical instruments of ‘Hu Lu Si’, ‘Ba Wu’ and the piano during his performance,” Chieng said during the press conference.

Chieng said Shen Wu had held shows in countries such as the United States, Russia, China and Singapore and that Shen Wu had also performed in Kuala Lumpur.

The benefit is also to raise RM2mil to buy a bungalow to house the Penang SW Music Therapy Association.

“The bungalow will provide a platform for people who are interested in practising, sharing and promoting music therapy in Penang,” he said.

Tickets to the SW Northern Region Therapeutic Musical Performance are priced at RM388 each.

The price includes a CD of ‘Heaven Tone’ by Master Shen Wu and a one-year free subscription to Guang Ming Daily E-Paper.

For more information on the performance, call 016-4569104 or 012-4741223.

Master Shen Wu Attended the Forbes Shanghai Investment Opening Ceremony

Master Shen Wu attended the Forbes Shanghai Investment Opening Ceremony on July 19th, 2011.

Master Shen Wu became a specially hired consultant for Forbes Shanghai Investment and he received associated certificate from Forbes Shanghai Investment’s CEO Changjing Ma.

He lectured at the event on “Green Medicine-Joy of Life, Music before Medicine.” He also performed piano, gu xun, ba wu and taught more than four hundred business elites the “Sound of Five Tones” or the “Five Tones Song” in order to educate them on the life rhythm of health and fitness so that people would be able to learn how to reduce stress, the scientific theories behind ancient Chinese Music Therapy, and preventive medicine.

The well received music performance brought the crowd’s atmosphere to the climax of the ceremony. The business elites regarded highly of Master Shen Wu. They appreciated Master Shen Wu’s therapeutic music and the “music vitamin” that they gained through the performance.

Master Shen Wu Attended Lecture and Award Ceremony at Korean Universities

Master Shen Wu received “Music before Medicine, Etiquette and Music for the World“ medal from Chungnam National University’s Confucius Institute and Sungkyunkwan University’s East Culture Institute in June 2010.

He also gave a lecture on “Music before Medicine” to the experts at the two universities in order to inform them about the scientific theories and histories behind ancient Chinese Music Therapy.

Chinese Healer Brings an Ancient Practice to Hawaii

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Article originally published in Pacific Business News

By Terrence Sing

An ancient Chinese healing art that combines music with qigong has come to Haiwaii in the form of master Shen Wu.

Qi means energy in Mandarin and gong stands for skill or exercise. Wu hopes to prove the efficacy of musical qigong by partnering with medical doctors and has applied to the University of Haiwaii’s Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a nonpaid clinical faculty member.

Qigong is based on a series of exercises that increase the flow of vital energy in the body by stimulating and balancing the flow of qi meridians that move qi within the body. When qi doesn’t flow freely, the body doesn’t function properly. Increasing the flow of qi helps to maintain good mental and physical health and ward off disease.

Many Americans are turning to alternative medical therapies such as acupuncture and qigong to treat a variety of ailments.

A study done by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the most complete study to date, found Americans spent approximately $31 billion on alternative medicine in 1997. It estimated four in 10 Americans used at least one alternative therapy. The number was higher for middle-aged adults, with one out of every two between the age of 35 and 49 having used an alternative therapy.

Wu has devoted his life to in depth study of ancient Chinese methodologies to cure people of their ills. He was raised in China’s Henan Province, considered the cradle of Chinese civilization because of his location on the Yellow River. Chinese characters were created here and the province also is home to the legendary Shaolin Temple.

In 1995, Wu came to the United States to teach musical qigong at South Baylo University in Anaheim, Calif. He has since lived and taught in Florida, where he helped ease the pain of terminally ill cancer patients at the Walt Disney Memorial Cancer Institute in Orlando.

Wu now calls Hawaii home after being lured here by what he calls the islands’ powerful feng shui. The unique interaction between fire and water here as described by the “I Ching” or “Book of Changes,” an ancient Chinese book of wisdom, is found on the Big Island where lava flows directly into the sea.

Most of China’s classic books evolved from the “I Ching,” Wu said through an interpreter. Wu’s therapy consists of five pentatonic tones corresponding to five major organs of the body: liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys. Musical notes serve as an electrical medium stimulating the body’s organs through acupuncture points, thereby enhancing blood circulation and balancing the body’s energy. Sound waves also can be concentrated where a patient’s qi is low. It is an ancient concept developed thousands of years ago.

“With musical qigong, the energy is in the music,” Wu said. “It can go through your skin and into our organs and improve your immune system, making the body more harmonious.”

Performing in concert

The Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaii will feature Wu in concert on April 28.

The center seeks to increase an understanding of China, its culture and history though events such as master Wu’s concert, said Director Ron Brown.

The concert is basically a brief introduction to basic Chinese alternative medicine, Brown said.

“Shen Wu is someone new in the community, so we are still getting to know him,” he said. “From our point of view, this is an opportunity for him to play ancient Chinese musical instruments most people don’t get to hear that he regards as having some therapeutic value.”

The Center for Chinese Studies plans to develop educational exchanges with Chinese universities and research institutes to promote joint projects to study traditional Chinese medicine.

Information obtained could be used to get federal research money for further studies.

“Maybe we’ll discover new medical treatments through these exchanges,” Brown said, “That’s all unfolding right now. Along the way, we are trying to learn more.”

How Hawaii Works Hawaii has a growing reputation as a venue for alternative therapies.


Culture: Master Shen Wu’s Vital Force

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Article Originally came from Orlando Weekly October 5 to 11, 2000

Culture: Master Shen Wu’s Vital Force

Studied healer combines Ancient Chinese music and medicine to take away ills By Dee Rivers


The treatment cubicle is immaculate. I lie down and close my eyes. My cot’s sheets are soft, cool and pressed. The other cots in other cubicles, separated by white curtains, are occupied by the sallow-skinned sick. Our collective breath draws deeply, releases, waits. Suddenly, a tide of tones, music composed by the healer we have come to see, fills the room’s physical and psychic space. He will visit each of us, in turn, a half-dozen times throughout the hour.

I am first. Even with closed eyes, I can follow the choreography of Master Wu’s hands, as they move inches above my body, the current of energy as discernible as the autumn air in fallen leaves. Palpable strands of energy generated by Wu’s movements trail from my head, along my neck, across my chest, through my stomach, down my legs to my toes. The music literally vibrates my heart, as my internal deep space stirs…

Master Shen Wu Playing Instruments
Here in Orlando, the well-studied Master Wu employs ancient Chinese methods to free his patients of ills.


Music “qi gong” is a healing modality founded by Shen Wu, a qi gong master and accomplished musician, who combines ancient Chinese theories of music-as-medicine with 5,000-year-old qi gong. “Qi” (pronounced chi) is an age-old Chinese concept that means vital energy. “Gong” means exercise. An extremely complex system, music qi gong is based on mathematical models of ancient Chinese music and human physiological rhythms.

There is primary, pectoral, nutritive and protective qi, each with its own essence and job in the body. All circulate along acupuncture’s meridian network – crisscrossing channels inside the body that connect every limb, organ and orifice. These pathways have been validated by Western medical researchers, who were able to detect along those meridians radioactive tracers they had injected into acupuncture points. Other testing equipment actually measured changes in electrical energy in meridians touched by a probe connected to acupuncture points.

Illness develops when qi movement becomes blocked. Many types of qi gong – including moving, meditative and breathing forms – are used to promote health, healing, well-being and longevity.

It is qi that is manipulated during acupuncture. Even quantum physics suggests that such energy is not only the invisible, intelligent occupant of our atoms but our invisible umbilical to the universe.

A lifelong student of such difficult esoterica as the Yellow Emperors Manual of Internal Medicine and the I-Ching, Wu was especially drawn to the theory of five musical tones- representing five different elements – that correspond vibrationally to five major organs in humans. “Tones are jieu (wood), zhe (fire), gong (earth), shang (metal) and yu (water), corresponding respectively to the liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys,” Wu explains, “I interpreted the literature, then combined the synthesizer and traditional instruments to produce music qi gong.”

Wu leads an exemplary life, as required by the discipline. He shares the wisdom, in qi gong classes free to the public. His resume is stellar: professor at New York State University; associate dean of Massachusetts Institute of Alternative Medicine; awards; laudatory letters from world leaders; stacks of anecdotal praise from the treated. Still, few Western physicians have even heard of qi gong.

Dr. Neil J. Finkler is a gynecologic oncologist at the Walt Disney Memorial Cancer Institute at Florida Hospital. “I have a patient who has a stage-four endometrial cancer, alive now for six years. Two years ago, during a routine visit, I said, “I don’t understnad; the books say no long-term survival. You’re not only alive, but have improved liver enzymes and no sign of disease!” She said, “I have a secret.”

The secret was Master Wu, Finkler subsequently observed Wu at work. “He said he could do a lot of things, one was take away pain in my end-stage cancer patients. A big cynic, I told him to prove it.”

Soon, Wu and Finkler were collaborating at the Institute in a nonrandomized, uncontrolled trial, to evaluate the effects of music qi gong therapy in volunteers on massive doses of narcotics for pain.

Wu did prove it: After a short trial of qigong, all patients had a significantly reduced need for narcotics. Several became pain-free and discontinued medication. The majority survived much longer than expected, and the National Cancer Institute is so impressed, its branch of alternative medicine is considering a controlled, randomized trial pitting Wu against the gold standard of pharmaceuticals.

An astonished Finkler says he has learned a lot. “Now I know about wavelengths, harmonics in the body, what Master Wu does to get in harmony with those oscillations, how he builds his energy and transmits it to patients.”

The good doctor didn’t pick up that nomenclature while at Harvard.

Elsewhere: Though they don’t yet call it qi, neuroscientists at the University of California at Irvine recently found that not only do cells respond to melodies but neurons differentiate and prioritize tones!

A poem in his office reads, “The world is crying, And nobody cares.” Master Wu, his eyes intense, says he will keep working to fulfill the motto of Shen Wu Music Qi Gong: “To spread the precious ancient Chinese technique, especially its medical aspect and to benefit all mankind.”