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Bhopal takes a 'musical' mode to heal ailments

Many hospitals in the state are now adopting music therapy to provide conmfort to the patients.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2006 18:48 IST

They say music can heal. And, in an initiative to find novel ways of providing comfort to the patients in various hospitals in Bhopal, many hospitals have introduced music therapy.

Besides medicines, a regular dose of music helps the ailing patients recover faster.

For patients admitted in hospitals for medical problems like an orthopaedic surgery, cardiac surgery or even treatment for cancer and other ailments, the recently introduced music therapy is proving to be effective.

It has been an innovative methodology for the treatment orthopaedic surgery, cardiac surgery or even cancer.

The patients say they are very happy, as the introduction of the therapy gives them the much needed "break" from the boredom of immobility that they find very exhausting and painful.

"I had a fractured leg and for its treatment I am here for quite a long time. I feel good when there is music as because of music our mind gets diverted and we do not remember pain," said Ramswarup Prasad, a patient.

Experimentation of this kind is in progress in the developed world for very long and the WHO has also issued guidelines regarding the same.

It is believed that Raag Madhuwanti brings a person out of depression.

However, not just patients but Doctors too feel that playing music in the background helps them perform their work in a better way.

Music helps them gather concentration and work efficiently, doctors confirm.

"Music is very helpful while performing major surgeries like open heart surgery. It reduces stress level up to 50 per cent. Even the pain is reduced as the patient's mind gets diverted because of music," said Dr RP Kaushal, a Cardiac surgeon.

Music Therapists say Indian music being rich in variety of Raagas, is very efficient in helping patients overcome depression.

Research in this field has revealed that music also reduces the patients' need for morphine-like drugs

It has been observed that patients who listened to melodious and soothing music after surgery reported less pain than other patients who were not exposed to it.