How Music Is Good Medicine


Music and medicine have been partners since ancient Greeks depicted Apollo, the god of healing, holding a lyre. And modern science tells us music can help us relax, minimize pain and bounce back from illness.

But not all music is equal in the eyes of medicine, says Mitchell Gaynor, MD, an oncologist and the author of The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music. Here are some sounds of music known to boost your health:

People who listen to Beethoven, Vivaldi and Bach report lower anxiety and breathing levels while undergoing minor operations, according to a 2012 study in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Easy Listening
The same study showed that people who pipe in Frank Sinatra experience similar benefits.

Rhythmic Drums
“Drumming improves immune function, even in cancer patients,” Dr. Gaynor says.

Sonic Therapy
Dr. Gaynor uses sonic therapy, sending various tones into patients’ ears to calm their heart rates and brain waves.

Most people prefer woodwinds, like flutes and clarinets, and an easy four-beat melody to soothe nerves.

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