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Music medicine

The healing effect of music on living organisms was noticed at the dawn of civilization. Pythagoras was the first to evaluate the therapeutic effect of sounds. By the way, he also proposed the concept of “musical medicine”. The healing effect of music on the human body was noticed at the dawn of civilization. The use of musical art for therapeutic purposes is described in ancient papyri and the Bible. Music affects the human body comprehensively. While listening to music, the brain reacts to it by activating several areas. The processing of musical information is influenced by a person’s visual, tactile, and emotional experience. Our brain perceives music in two hemispheres at the same time: the left hemisphere feels the rhythm, and the right hemisphere feels the timbre and melody. The human body, listening to music, as if adjusts to it.
According to the Moscow medical center “Lenz” and the Children’s treatment Center, numerous studies have found that under the influence of music, such mental processes as memory and orientation improve by 45-50%, and attention-by 25-30%. Musical influence on the human body is carried out not only on the Central nervous system, but also on the muscular and digestive systems. Modern scientific research has shown that classical music has a positive effect on the physical and mental state of a person, on the health of patients. “Live” music of classical composers helps to get rid of depressive States, stresses, experiences, and anxieties.
– Debussy’s “Light of the moon”, Schubert’s “Ave Maria”, Chopin’s preludes, Strauss’s waltzes will help to calm down.
— Beethoven’s “moonlight Sonata” and Haydn’s “Symphony” will help to relieve irritability.
— For insomnia, listen to Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” Suite, Schumann’s “Dreams”, and Tchaikovsky’s plays. But not any music improves vision and hearing, but only the one that most corresponds to the internal state of the human body. After listening to a rock song, a person’s hands tremble, vision and hearing acuity are lost, the content of hormones in the blood increases, and a nervous breakdown is observed. So the music, unfortunately, can turn from a friend into an enemy. The famous Russian surgeon and academician B. Petrovsky used music during complex operations: according to his observations, under the influence of classical music, the body begins to work more smoothly, harmoniously. Outstanding psychoneurologist academician Bekhterev believed that classical music has a positive effect on breathing, blood circulation, eliminates fatigue and gives physical vigor.
The Creator of musical pharmacology, American scientist Robert Schofler, prescribes for therapeutic purposes to listen to all Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and Mozart’s overtures, Schubert’s ” Forest king”, and Beethoven’s ode to joy from his 9th Symphony. Hofler argues that these works contribute to accelerating recovery. This effect of music is explained by the fact that different sounds in frequency have different effects on a person. Scientists have found that this is directly related to the rhythms of the brain. Receiving audio information through the hearing organs, the brain analyzes it, comparing it with its own rhythms. Each person has their own frequency of rhythms. That’s why musical tastes are so different. An interesting fact noted by psychologists is the ” coincidence” of artificial musical rhythms and natural biological rhythms in the human body. In psychology, there is such a term as “auditory pathway”. This is the path from the beginning of the sound to the result, which is achieved by irritating one or more nerve centers in the brain. Classical music has its own auditory pathways. Basically, it is written in the rhythm of the heart (60-70 beats per minute) and therefore has a beneficial effect on the main functions of the entire body. Some works, musical phrases, penetrating into the brain, calm the excited nerve centers (for example, anger and discontent), relieve stress, pain, and improve the processes of exchange. All this is influenced by the classical music of composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky. “But each work has its own impact on mental activity.”

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