is a universal language. It influences all levels of human existence.
It is a medium for communication, which can be both a pleasant
and healing experience.
Modern science and medicine are now rediscovering the healing
powers of music. And music therapy -- the specialized use of
music in treating persons with special needs in mental and physical
health, rehabilitation and special education -- is gaining ground.
Music is an age-old part of Ayurveda, the holistic science which
promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle. From time immemorial,
music has been a part of Indian culture. In the Vedas too, music
has an important place. The 'Samveda' is full of music. The
doshas like Vata, Pitta and Kapha can be controlled effectively
by Music Therapy. Great composers of Indian classical music
have attempted music therapy down the years. Legend has it that
classical music maestro Thyagaraja brought a dead person back
to life with his composition.
It is believed that music stimulates the pituitary gland, whose
secretions affect the nervous system and the flow of blood.
It is believed that for healing with music, it is necessary
to vibrate the cells of the body, for it is through these vibrations
that the diseased person's consciousness can be changed effectively
to promote health. The right kind of music helps one relax and
refresh. Even during the course of working, light music improves
efficiency. Listening to music helps control negative aspects
of our personalities like worry, bias and anger. In addition,
it can help cure headache, abdominal pain and tension. Music
therapy is one of the most effective ways of controlling emotions,
blood pressure and restoring the functioning of the liver.