BBC Reports Music Helps Healing Process
A hospital in London did an extensive study that gives powerful documentation on music’s healing power. Here’s an excerpt.
“Music 'aids the healing process'”
By Pallab Ghosh, BBC News science correspondent
Could music actually help the healing process? Listening to music makes us feel better - but many doctors are now beginning to believe that it does much more.
There is emerging evidence that it can bring about physical changes to the body that can improve our health. The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London has regular performances - and has seen impressive results.
A scientific study by the hospital has found that patients who listen to live music need less drugs and recover more quickly than those who do not.
“We are approaching the point where a doctor would legitimately be negligent not to actually recommend music as a therapeutic intervention,” said Professor Paul Robertson.
A doctor would be legitimately negligent. Pretty powerful stuff!
According to Dr. Rosalia Staricoff, who carried out the study, there is growing scientific evidence that music aids physical changes which can help heal the body.
She said: "The physiological benefits have been measured. Music reduces blood pressure, the heart rate, and hormones related to stress."
Even police are playing classical music in the subway system in the North-East of England. Imagine. The power of high frequency music has reached the underground. Finally the discovery is made that music affects you on all levels – emotionally, physically and spiritually.
If it works for hospitals and subways, imagine how the effect of listening in the comfort of your own home or office or car would be. Pretty strong!
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P.S. English playwright, William Congreve exclaimed, "Music has charms to soothe a savage breast." Meanwhile world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma once commented, "Healing? I think that is what music is all about. Don't you?" Yup, I do. And now the rest of the world is catching up. You can too by exposing your ears to the delectable sounds.