According to Oxford dictionary, music means the instrumental or vocal sounds or both combined in such a way to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression.
Music is an art, entertainment, pleasure, meditation and a medicine for the soul and the body. All the cultures and the people have universal responses to it.
But too loud or too jarring a music distracts and is not beneficial as it competes for attention.
The noise and disharmony cause diseases. The healing effects of music on human beings is being explored. The effect of sound on proteins provides new insight into the health of plants and human beings.
The increased yield and the improved vitality of the plant ingredients by music are very beneficial human consumption.
Like few other activities, the music involves the use of the whole brain. It improves memory, attention, physical coordination and mental development. The classical music stimulates the regeneration of brain cells.
Certain music improves the mood, intelligence, motivation and concentration. It also improves the quality of life and aids in physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. It helps in the treatment of autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, emotional trauma, mental disorders, and depression. Music decreases anxiety, anger, stress, and frustration.
Today the music is just an audio pleasure, but earlier it was reckoned as a powerful force. The ancient people considered it a form of communication affecting the emotions without words and thought.
The great masters of ancient India, China, Greece, and Rome used music and sound to improve human health. Plato, Cicero, and Seneca wanted the state to ban certain harmful music which may affect the behavior of society.
The philosophers like Confucius, Pythagoras, Democritus, Aristotle, and Galen believed that the music had both positive and negative effects on human health.
The traditional Indian and Chinese medicines mention that certain instruments/sounds have beneficial effects on specific organs.
The Effect of Music on Heart Surgery
Music has therapeutic properties. The patients who listened to music during and after open heart surgery recovered soon.
The researchers at Tokyo University in Japan performed heart surgery on a group of male mice to study the effects of different types of music on their recovery. The mice were exposed to Verdi’s music, Mozart sonatas and the songs of an Irish singer En-ya. In first two cases, the mice lived twenty days longer than those without music or with single frequency tone or of the third group. The immune system of control group rejected the foreign tissues.
Effects of music and sound on human health
Music is not just a harmless background noise created by musical instruments. The modern scientific research confirms the opinion of ancient philosophers that music and sound have both harmful and beneficial effects on people, plants, and animals.
Music Increases the Productivity of Beasts
British farmer Steve Led sham was surprised when his chickens started laying eight eggs a week instead of the usual four. This increase seemed to coincide with the building of a new barn where Weber’s music was being played to entertain the workers. This music relaxed the birds and increased egg production.
The cows produced more milk when they listened to calming music. Researchers at the University of Leicester exposed Frisian cattle to different types of music for twelve hours a day for 60 days. The slow music like the Pastoral Symphony of Beethoven and the Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel’s increased the milk production by about 3%.
The winning music in a contest run by the British Columbia Dairy Association was the lyric-less tunes of “A Moo Down Milk Lane” by Tzu-Deng Jerry D.