Music has been incorporated into medical practice since before the ancient Greeks. However, though practitioners have been convinced of music’s health benefits for thousands of years, there had been little peer-reviewed research to back them up, but recent studies are changing all that.
A number of new studies to support music’s influence on the pituitary and adrenal glands, the sympathetic nervous system and the immune system. Music also reduces levels of cortisol in the blood. Other studies showed that surgical patients required less sedation and post-operative pain medication. These results support the experiences of practitioners, who have long used music to help heal.