Music remains one of the most admired and loved entertainment arts by humans and has been so since the beginning of time. It has shaped society and culture in very significant ways from the Roman times to the present age. Music has provoked social revolutions and shifts in collective consciousness, and the magical elixir that is inspired by music is so potent and enchanting that it has awed millions of people throughout millennia and continues to do so to this day.
Researchers have conducted many studies to identify how much of an impact on healing music has on humans. And the discoveries have been astounding.
Music as a Healer
Besides laughter, music has been termed the greatest healer. Sages, mystics, and others have stated that music possesses healing qualities because they have experienced them first-hand. Music is known to soothe the broken-hearted, to motivate runners and stimulate the most epic dance parties.
Music also has some scientific benefits for our overall health and well-being. Listening to music is known to improve the functions of the memory. Patients suffering from memory loss can often recall songs and specific lyrics. Many doctors use music and lyrics to assist patients to retrieve lost memories. Individual songs and music can trigger especially unique memories. Music that was a hit many years ago can trigger memories from that era.
Music and its effects on the human mind have been a subject of heated debates for long. But researchers now have evidence that the processing of language and music in the brain, with a specific emphasis on memorizing information, rely on similar brain functions. Researchers have also identified that music we listened to as children has a more significant emotional impact on our brains more than anything that we listen to as grown-ups. And is most impactful to persons suffering from memory loss, including those who have Alzheimer and dementia.
Reduction of stress and relieving anxiety
Music possesses a unique link to our emotions, and there is evidence that music can be used as a useful stress management tool. Not only can it calm the body, but it can also have a relaxing effect on the mind. There is also evidence that listening to music seems to be able to change the functions of the brain the same way medication does. And since music is so widely available and a much less expensive item, almost everyone can use it to reduce stress and relieve anxiety.
So if you’re looking for the genre of music that reduces stress most, try listening to Indian stringed-instruments, Native American, Celtic, Flutes and some classical music.