music therapyScientists have discovered that if you listen to only 50 minutes of “uplifting” dance music, your antibody levels will increase significantly. They also found that stress hormones that can weaken the immune system decrease after being exposed to music.
Volunteers that played a percussion instrument accompanying music, also increased their level of immunity.

Researchers at Sussex University and the Max Planck Institute (Leipzig, Germany), claim that their research demonstrates how music can be used to help patients recover more quickly while they are still in hospital.

In other separate and unpublished studies, it was found that while a patient is under anesthesia during surgery, the music had an important impact and lowered stress hormones. According to Dr. Ronny Enk, an expert from the Max Planck Institute, the leader of the study, “the pleasurable state  which music induces to us can lead to changes in the body in terms of reducing stress and enhancing immunity.

“Concerning reducing stress, it seems that different types of music have different effects.”  Researchers tested 300 people whom they asked to listen to 50 minutes of happy dance music and to music of other genres . It was found that levels of stress hormones decreased significantly in those who listened to happy music, than in those in the control group. Also in those of the first group, the levels of antibody immunoglobulin A, the first line of defense of the immune system, have significantly increased.

It looks like happy dance music has an important role in improving immunity, while relaxing music helps reducing stress.  Another important thing to keep in mind is the listener’s taste in music. Music preferred by the patient appears to have a greater impact on his health.

Although music therapy is used often to promote mental and emotional health, it seems to be quite effective to improve the quality of life of those experiencing physical health problems.

It was noted that music therapy can be successfully used in patients suffering from the following conditions:

• Alzheimer’s disease

• Parkinson’s disease

• autism

• attention deficit disorder

• insomnia

• phobias

• depression

But perhaps the most enjoyable music is the one we found in nature. Singing birds, voice of the wind, the murmur of the river… Music of the nature is what heals and inspires us.

Valerie Soleil, B.A., LL.B.

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    Ann mazzoli

    Any research on effects of nature sounds?

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