Friday, November 9, 2007

Music Therapy

Music therapy is defined as an effective measure to take against disease through the power of music. It restores, maintains, improves and rejuvenates emotional, cognitive and physiological health. Specially Raga (melody) of music is considered to be most useful in treating the ailment.

Music therapy has an historical value as we can recall back to ancient Greece, where King David's, in the Old Testament, curing an illness by playing the harp. Hippocrates, who is considered to be the father of modern medicine, used it extensively. Moreover, we can see there is evidence of using music therapy in ancient Egypt during childbirth to reduce pain.

Music can be defined as "…a kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech which leads us to the edge of the infinite and lets us for a moment gaze into that." Basically a sound (nada) generating particular vibrations which affects various organs of human body during its way from its origin to execution.

While music therapy can be helpful in reducing tension, blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, etc, it should be kept in mind that such therapy treatment should be conducted either early morning, or evening or late night. It is not recommended to continue session for too long.

Originally published in on 24th September, 2006 20:00

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