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How does music affect the human body? Examples of the use of music in clinical medicine.

15 Aug
The good news: A new survey of the research on music and healing was recently published by Myskja and Lindbaek at the University of Oslo. The bad news: it’s in Norwegian. But the English abstract is available in PubMed.

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2000 Apr 10;120(10):1186-90 draws tentative conclusions about music’s efficacy for treating anxiety and depression, and improving function in schizophrenia and autism; its utility for pain, reducing the need for medication aqnd helping during uncomfortable diagnostic procedures; its usefulness as a support tool during pregnancy and gestation, in internal medicine, oncology, paediatrics and other related fields; with geriatric patients, alleviating symptoms in stroke rehabilitation, Parkinson''s disease, Alzheimer''s disease and other forms of dementia; and its supportive role in palliative medicine and terminal care.

The article concludes that music as a therapeutic agent, and music with guided imagery, is well tolerated, inexpensive, and delivers good compliance with few side effects.

Citation: Myskja A, Lindbaek M. How does music affect the human body? Examples of the use of music in clinical medicine. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2000 Apr 10(10):1182-5, 1186-90.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award