Music and physical health – you also are what you listen to!

(OMTimes | Jill Mattson) Music influences our cells, causes tissues to break down, and diminishes cancerous growths and alleviates skin ailments.

On his website, Fabien Maman[1] displayed Kirlian photographs of sound exploding helix cancer cells. We overlook the impact of sound and music because we do not observe its subtle impact with our eyes.

M.D. Mitchell Gaynor, an oncologist at Cornell University Medical Center, reported that sounds such as crystal or Tibetan bowels, chants and meditative practices can significantly reduce cancer tissue when coupled with traditional therapies.

Dr. John Beaulieu, ND, discovered that tuning forks can balance the nervous system, increasing a release of nitric oxide, a key component for healthy tissues and organs.[2]

Studies demonstrated the effect of music on pulse and respiration. Blood pressure is lowered by sustaining chords and raised by accelerated and jumpy rhythmic patterns. Melodies affect tension in the larynx, which tightens when exposed to descending cords. Dr. Tartchanoff[3] concluded that music affects muscular activity according to the feeling of the melodies. When the music is sad or involves a slow rhythm, a decrease of muscular activity results.

The following summary of research regarding the impact of music was found on Sri Swamiji’s sites. [4]

Evidence shows that listening to the appropriate music:

  • Lowers BP
  • Stabilizes heart rate
  • Relieves depression
  • Reduces pre-treatment anxiety
  • Enhances concentration and creativity
  • Lessens the need for sedatives and painkillers (during and after surgery)
  • Reduces nausea after chemotherapy
  • Manages pain
  • Improves stability of people with Parkinson’s disease.

Physical effects of appropriate music

  • Brain function physically changes in response to music
  • The rhythm can guide the body into breathing slower, deeper patterns that have a calming effect.
  • Louder and faster noises raise both heart rate and blood pressure; slower, softer and more regular tones produce the opposite result.
  • Music can also relieve muscle tension and improve motor skills. It is often helping to rebuild physical patterning skills in rehabilitation clinics.
  • Levels of endorphins are increased, and stress hormones are decreased. This improves immune function.
  • A 1993 study at Michigan state university showed that even 15 minutes of exposure to music could increase interleukin-1 levels, a consequence which also heightens immunity.

Mental effects of appropriate music

  • Sharpens mental acuity or assists in relaxation
  • Memory and learning can be enhanced
  • The term “Mozart effect” was coined after a study showed that college students performed better on math problems when listening to classical music.

Emotional effects of appropriate music

  • Creates feelings of calmness, tension, excitement, or romance.
  • Lullabies have long been popular for soothing babies to sleep.
  • Music can also be used to express emotion non-verbally.


Music Therapy is not a substitute for standard medical care.

Maximizing with music therapy

  • Try taking a 20-minute “sound bath.”
  • Choose music with a slow rhythm.
  • Music that has a repeating or cyclical pattern is found to be effective in most people.
  • Focus on your berating, letting it deepen, slow and become regular.
  • Concentrate on the silence between the notes. This keeps you from analyzing the music and makes relaxation more complete.
  • If you need stimulation after a day of work, go for faster music rather than slow calming music.
  • When going gets tough, listen to music you are familiar with – such as a childhood favorite or favorite oldies. Familiarity often breeds calmness.
  • Take walks with your favorite music playing on the walkman. Inhale and exhale in tune.
  • Listen to sounds of nature, such as ocean waves, or the calm of a deep forest, can reduce stress. [5]


[1][2] Blackburn, Zaccciah, “Sound Healing: A Therapeutic Tool for the Future!” pg 2.

[3] Tame, David. The Secret Power of Music: The Transformation of Self and Society through Musical Energy, Destiny Books: Vermont, 1984, Pg. 137.[4],,,,,


About the author

Jill Mattson, four-time author, composer, and expert in Sound Healing CDs. International awards include Best Book & Sound Healing CD 2016, Best CD 2015, Best CD Silver.

Source: OMTimes

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