Mozart and Medicine


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Mozart and medicine

Music's the medicine of the mind. ~John A. Logan

I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.
Johann Sebastian Bach

Music therapy has been used in medicine for thousands of years. From the ancient Greeks to Native Americans,many cultures have used music for its healing effect on the mind and body. The formal practice of music therapy
actually began during World War II. It was used in veteran's hospitals to help treat soldiers suffering from shell shock.

music therapy

Music therapy uses music in different ways to promote healing and improve quality of life. It can involve playing a musical instrument, listening to music, writing songs and/or talking about lyrics.

Benefits of music therapy

Anyone can benefit from music therapy, from infants to the elderly. And the good news is that you don't need to have any musical ability to reap its rewards.

It is not clear exactly how music benefits the body. But studies have shown that music can affect brain waves,brain circulation and stress hormones.

music therapy can be used to:

Reduce stress and anxiety
Help people sleep better
Alleviate pain
Express feelings
Enhance memory
Improve communication
Promote physical rehabilitation

Mozart Therapy

premature babies who are exposed to music by 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gain weight faster -- and therefore become stronger -- than those who don't.It's not exactly clear how the music is affecting them,
but it makes them calmer and less likely to be agitated,

Grooving in Labor

Women planning vaginal childbirth are usually encouraged to bring along music that will help them relax during their labor;
some women even hire musicians to provide live accompaniment.

The way that music seems to be helpful is either as a distraction, where the mind creates images, or as an integration to more actively create breaths

Keeping the Beat

The ability of rhythm to ease pain has been noted among patients in cancer wards and nursing homes, and it could even counter painful menstrual cramps or other daily aches.

increasing relaxation
Reducing loneliness
Providing emotional release
Enhancing a spiritual connection

Here are some other direct connections between music and health:

Healing music protects the heart.

A study of 10 healthy adults in their mid-thirties showed that their blood flowed 26 percent more easily when they were listening to music they defined as joyful, an increase in blood flow similar to aerobic activity. Listening
to music can’t replace a workout, but appears to be good for the heart.
12 minutes of Mozart three times a week can help lower your blood pressure, according to another study.


fights addiction. Participating in group music-making can help people struggling with addiction find relaxation, social connection, and emotional release.

Chronic disease

It can also ease stress, one of the major risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.


Music can be a creative outlet for those with autism. It may help improve concentration and relieve anxiety and frustration. It can also encourage interaction and improve conversational skills.


Music therapy may help with the depression, anxiety and even social isolation of Parkinson's patients.
Music (including drumming, dance and movement groups) can be an outlet for self-expression and a closer connection to others.

Alzheimer's disease.

Music has been shown to assist in memory and language skills. It can also help to curtail disturbed or aggressive behavior, common with this disease. Even people in the late stages of dementia can often respond to
and interact with music.

Music therapy is widely practiced in places such as hospitals, cancer centers, hospices, psychiatric facilities,substance abuse clinics, nursing homes and schools. It can be used anywhere people can benefit from its
soothing or motivating effects.

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Music therapy in Indian culture

The ancient Hindus had relied on music for its curative role: the chanting and toning involved in Veda mantras in praise of God have been used from time immemorial as a cure for several disharmonies in the individual as well
as his environment

Historical records too indicate that one Haridas Swami who was the guru of the famous musician in Akbar’s time,Tan Sen is credited with the recovery of one of the queens of the Emperor with a selected raga.

The great composers of classical music in India called the ‘Musical Trinity’, - who were curiously the contemporaries of the ‘Trinity of Western Classical Music, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart– were quite sensitive to the acoustical energies.
Legend has it that Saint Thyagaraja brought a dead person back to life with his Bilahari composition Naa Jiva Dhaara.
Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Navagriha kriti is believed to cure stomach ache. Shyama Sastry’s composition Duru Sugu uses music to pray for good health.

Some Therapeutic Ragas

Some ragas like Darbari Kanhada, Kamaj and Pooriya are found to help in defusing mental tension, particularly in the case of hysterics. For those who suffer from hypertension, ragas such as Ahirbhairav, Pooriya and Todi are
prescribed. To control anger and bring down the violence within, Carnatic ragas like Punnagavarali, Sahana come handy.

Asavari builds confidence to be heard in the Morning

Bageshri cures insomnia to be heard in the Night

Basant Bahar cures Gall Stones to be heard in the Morning

Bhim palas cures Anxiety, Hypertension to be heard in the Afternoon

Darbari is a Sedative to be heard in the Night

Gurjari Todi cures Cough to be heard in the Morning

Kedar cures Headache ,Common Cold, Cough, Asthma to be heard in the Night

Puriya cures Colitis, Anaemia, Hypertension to be heard in the Evening

Yaman cures Rheumatic Arthritis to be heard in the Evening

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The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest nonchemical medication

Best wishes,

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