Introduction: Questions: -Who in the classes turns to Advil or some sort of pharmaceutical when they have headache or are in pain? -Who in the class has ever tried listens to music when they have a headache or are in pain? Have you ever heard of the saying that music is medicine? Well, today I am here to tell you why musical therapy has been proven to be more beneficial then using pharmaceuticals, and how this ancient art form is rapidly developing into a new medicinal science.
I want to begin by giving you a history of how music was used to heal in ancient cultures, and how it is used today in modern times. It has the potential to benefit you psychologically and physically without incurring most of the damages associated with chemical stimulants.
Sound healing is a rich tradition that dates back thousands of years. The aboriginal people of Australia are the first known culture to heal with sound. The Yidaki is the most ancient of all sound healing instruments. It was used for at least 40,000 years as a healing tool to mend broken bones, muscle tears, and illnesses of every kind.
The healing capabilities of the Yidaki proved to be an ancient precursor as to what we now known to be effective sonic treatment, and its function very much paralleled our modern sound healing technology. Similarly, 4,000 years ago the Egyptians employed a type of musical rattle with metal discs called the Sistra.
This rattle created a pleasant jangling sound which unknowingly emanated copious amounts of ultrasound frequencies, which is an effective healing modality used in hospitals and clinics today. So, not only was the Sistra used to enhance the musical sound scape, but it was also used to enhance healing.
Also, in Egyptian sanatoriums, healing temples were used to incubate patients who were suffering from sleep deprivation. Music again played a large role in their treatment, acting as a therapeutic remedy to induce sleep throughout the duration their stay. Sound healing in ancient Greece. The Greek Pythagoras circa 500 BC was in a very real sense the father of music. He was able to unravel the mysteries of musical intervals using a monochord. He believed that music contributed to health if it was used in the right style.
He called his method “musical medicine”. His believers employed music as medicine as they composed certain melodies to cure the passions of psyche, aggression and anger. While chemical medication was also used in ancient history it mainly utilized plants and herbs. There has been such development in modern medication that an illness that could have once been fatal can now be cured. The largest growth in the pharmaceutical industry came in the 1950’s due to one major factor, the enhanced scientific understanding of human biology.
It wasn’t until the 1960’s and 70’s that governments began to put in place strong patent systems which were designed to give pharmaceutical firms incentives to innovate and develop new effective medicines. But what does that do to our body? Pharmaceuticals are synthetic molecules, strangers to our metabolism. Generally, most pharmaceuticals have a potent side effect. Anytime a substance significantly changes a neurotransmitter it will cause damage with chronic use. The reason for this damage is the brains natural need and ability to repair it’s own system.
So, What physiological benefits can music have on the brain? Well, proven by scientists music helps people relax, release stress, inspires and motivates us. Resonance is the most important principle of sound healing; it is described as the frequency of vibrations that is the most natural to a specific organ. In sound healing resonance principles are employed to re-harmonize cells that have been imprinted with disruptive frequencies.
Music can guide the body into slower, deeper breathing patterns and can induce a calming effect, as heart rate and blood pressure are responsive to the types of music you listen to.
Music accomplishes all of this without releasing harmful toxins into your body that affect your brain. Music can change your mood positively or negatively depending on the type of music you listen to, again, all of which can be done without drugs. (Play clip of metal: So after listening to this clip, how do you feel? Angry? Metal music may tend to make you feel angry. Soft music clip:
And this one? Happy and calm? This type of music tends to make people feel happier and more relaxed. ) Listening to soothing and pleasant music creates a positive impact on the mental and physical well being of its listeners.
Studies suggest that music also helps to release endorphins that aid in speeding up the body’s healing process: It distracts the body from suffering and pain. It simultaneously triggers certain chemical activities that promote healing. So without the use of chemical stimulants, and just by simply listening to music, your body begins to heal naturally from any stress or pain. Not only does music benefit you psychologically, but it is also benefits you physically. Music helps improve your memory.
Research suggests that the silence in between two musical notes can trigger neurons and brain cells, which are required for sharp memory. Music with stronger beats causes brain waves to resonate in such a way that it synchronizes with the music. This brings about higher levels of alertness and concentration.
On the other hand it has been proven that Pharmaceuticals will not improve memory, and excessive use will actually begin to deteriorate your memory. The history of medical resonance therapy is ancient; it begins at a time when art, religion and medical still formed a unity.
Music has helped patients move even when top shelf medicine could not. It has cured people who have been unresponsive. Music is able to take stroke, injury or other brain-damaged patients who have lost the partial ability to see or speak and return it to them. “Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.
” ? Oliver Sacks ** Show quick clip of henry video here Today in modern society, the ancient art is rapidly developing into a new science. Edgar Cayce quoted that “ Sound is the medicine of the future”, and the best thing about this is that you do not need to believe in it for it to work. Music, unlike pharmaceuticals will in fact not damage your brain with chronic use but will repair it. It can help restore memory, reduce pain and lower stress levels. It can spur creativity, alter moods and simply act as a form of pleasure.
So the next time you have a headache or are experiencing pain, instead of reaching for that bottle of Advil put on a slow jam and see it is relieves the pain. Thank you. References: http://www. tokenrock. com/sound_healing/sounds_of_the_ancients. php http://www. medicalmusictherapy. com/ http://www. ithp. org/articles/musictherapy. html.
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