Music as an Ebola Treatment
Even though this is a rhetorical question that seems to have no simple or straightforward answer, a large number of studies throughout the years have shown that music can help our body fight almost any kind of disease by strengthening its immune system.
Ebola, also called “hemorrhagic fever”, is a serious disease caused by a virus which attacks all the systems of the body, causes severe internal and external bleeding and causes death to about 60% of the people affected.
There is no known cure or vaccine for the disease, but doctors believe that people who managed to survive the infection are those who had a really strong immune system. And here is where music can help – strengthen our immune system.
Positive University Studies
Medical professionals and researchers from Sussex University together with specialists from Leipzig Institute in Germany say that volunteers who listened to lively dance music experienced a boost in the levels of antibodies in their bodies, a reduction in stress hormones, which can compromise our immune system and, consequently, a general strengthening of the immune system of the people who took part in the study. They also found out that playing percussion instruments was also quite beneficial for the immune system. More antibodies in the body and a stronger immune system can definitely be of great help in the fight against any virus, most probably against Ebola, too.
More proof came from a research group led by Dr Levitin at McGill University who concluded that music listeners had increased levels of immunoglobulin, an antibody which can prevent infections, and increased natural killer cells that can kill bacteria and destroy cancerous cells. The research, which was published in the Trends in Cognitive Science journal, also showed that music greatly reduced cortisol levels – a stress hormone that can cause physical and psychological problems if its levels are high in the body.
More Healing Effects of Music
At a time when everything is explained with the help of science, conventional medicine, and technology, accepting the healing powers of music could be difficult for almost every one of us. However, music therapists can assure us that the use of music can have spectacular effects on the recovery of people who show no improvement with the use of conventional treatments. There have been a large number of cases of brain trauma, muscular dystrophy, autism, dementia, or mobility problems which showed great improvement or had complete recovery after music treatment.
But music is also used with patients who have problems with severe pain, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and anxiety as music lowers the levels of the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.
Music treatment is not something new
Using music as a way of healing the body and mind has been known for more than 1000 years, but today scientific research has provided valuable proof for its effects. Most kinds of music are suitable for music therapy, but a lot depends on personal preferences and on how patients feel with certain types of music. That is why music therapists try to find the right music for each individual patient and the type of music that would help them overcome their problem in the most effective way.
Music can help connect our physical body with our hidden powers, mental strengths and spiritual source of energy. It can help us heal our psychological and physical ailments, take control over our health, and become more self-aware and self-reliant.
Why can’t it also help us fight Ebola?