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Music, the best medicine

Soothing songs and sounds are being increasingly used as a healing process, reports Sneha Mahale.
Hindustan Times | By Sneha Mahale, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2008 02:15 PM IST

Music therapy is applied in ayurvedic healing treatment. Of late, though, music therapy has become more widespread and has a scientific rationale behind it. So how does music help? It is soothing and relaxing

The body is not made to go through the painful process of operations, surgery and consumption of strong medicines

All one has to do is listen to the sounds that are meticulously researched and developed for a specific illness.

According to a study done on music therapy in the management of hypertension, conducted by Mumbai’s Sion Hospital, “Hypertense individuals can use music for stress reduction via active music-making, such as drumming as well as passive listening—the latter was used in this study.”

The study showed that hypertension can be reduced considerably by just listening to soothing music in the background.

Online help of Himadree Desai, a site that offers music therapy-based CDs, says, “Right now the ailments that music today has addressed are depression, diabetes, anxiety, headaches and migraine, hypertension and heart ailments, arthritis and rheumatism, irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia.”

In association with doctors from the Kalptaru Superspeciality Hospital, the albums contain specially researched sounds set to varying frequencies which impact the process of healing.

The site sells a CD that reduces heart ailments and hypertension therapy. It is a compilation of world music by Dr Akhilesh Bisaria, a UK based physician.

Research has shown that music sound therapy has a profound effect on the heart, cardiac muscles, vascular tone and blood pressure. Easy does it It helps in pain management and eases muscle tension. It stabilises blood pressure and heart rate, evokes positive emotions, releases endorphins and relieves pain. It also releases blockages, results in lower heart rate, blood pressure, and controls breathing rate.

Similar compilations include music therapy for ailments such as anxiety, headaches and migraines.

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