It is but natural that, before deciding to switch over to juice therapy or make it a part of diet, one way have some inquisitiveness or apprehensions about use of this therapy. In order to allay such probable doubts we give here answers to such possible questions which a reader may like to be dealt with, before deciding to switch over to juice therapy.
Music 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 specialised use of music in treating persons with special needs in mental and physical health, rehabilitation and special education – is gaining ground. In the West it is now an accepted form of treatment even within orthodox medical practice.
Music therapy is special in its use of music to encourage communication and expression by playing an instrument, singing or listening, usually through improvised music. The therapist does not teach the client to play an instrument; the instruments offered can all be played intuitively.
Herbert Benson, MD, of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Boston’s Deaconess Medical Centre and author of Timeless Healing, The Power and Biology of Belief (1996), has studied the effects of chanting mantras on human physiology. He has found that by repeating a single word (such as Aum), measurable changes are produced in energy consumption, respiration rate, heartbeat, pulse and metabolic rate.
“Sound therapy” may seem like just the latest New Age fad, but in fact it dates back thousands of years. “The use of sound and music is the most ancient healing modality,” says Jonathan Goldman, founder and director of the Sound Healers Association from Colorado, and author of Healing Sounds (1996).
Seven years ago, Peter Fisher (name changed), a 60-year-old physician in Ohio, was driving to work when he recognised the symptoms of an impending stroke: bright flashing lights, numbness, headache.
Sound is used as an adjunct therapy in helping people recover from strokes and head injuries. It eases the side effects of chemotherapy – it’s especially effective in controlling nausea and pain. In operating rooms it’s often used to help relax patients and stabilise their body systems.
The sensory stimulation and playful nature of music can help develop a child’s ability to express emotion, communicate, and develop rhythmic movement. There is also some evidence to show that speech and language skills can be improved through the stimulation of both hemispheres of the brain.
Music and the Mentally ill
Music can be an effective tool for the mentally or emotionally ill. Autism is one disorder that has been particularly researched. Music therapy has enabled some autistic children to relate to others and have improved learning skills. Substance abuse, schizophrenia, paranoia, and disorders of personality, anxiety, and affect are all conditions that may be benefited by music therapy.
The geriatric population can be especially prone to anxiety and depression, particularly in old home residents. Chronic diseases causing pain are also not uncommon in this setting. Music is an excellent outlet to provide enjoyment, relaxation, relief from pain, and an opportunity to socialise and reminisce about music that has had special importance to the individual.