(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
Take 2 CDs and call me in the morning: Mozart proves music is the best medicine
Wataru Doi Special to The Daily Yomiuri
Using music to cure sick people is one of the oldest methods around. Throughout history, shamans used it for medical treatment, surrounding a patient with icons, beating drums, and praying for their recovery. Though the medicine men would not have known the scientific basis for it, the drum beats created theta brainwaves whose very low four hertz to eight hertz frequency put the patient into a state of deep relaxation and meditation.
Nowadays, people are exposed to stresses that cause various diseases. Some are difficult to treat whether doctors use the latest Western medical technologies or Oriental medicines' magic. But music therapy is one alternative way that is catching on to heal nasty diseases.
One place visited by those in search of music therapy is just a five-minute walk from JR Ichigaya Station in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, …