Health Benefits of Music

We often associate listening to music or playing music just as a hobby. But research has shown that music can in fact have a positive impact on our health and can even help in our healing.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, research has shown the following health benefits of music:

1. Reduced need for pain mediation when the person listens to his/her preferred music and less stress during medical procedures.

2. Alleviates depression in people who suffer from chronic pain.

3. Helpful in the recovery of speech ability for those who have suffered stroke or brain injury.

4. Improves sleep quality of people who battle insomnia.

Music can help with insomnia problems.

5. Useful in helping people with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Music therapy has been used to help people with Parkinson’s disease to help begin movement and help people with dementia particularly in reducing anxiety, depression and agitated behavior.

These health benefits from music can indeed encourage us not only to listen to music but to also take up playing music as well. And for that it’s a good thing to know where to get the instruments we will need to play music by just checking out our musicians friend contact.

Thankfully, investing in listening or playing music need not be that expensive compared to our other hobbies or other possible healing pathways we can take.

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Soon: Vaccine to Lower Blood Pressure

Do you take a pill daily to lower your blood pressure? Don’t you find it just a bit inconvenient at times?

Well then, perhaps you will find this good news: a vaccine which lowers blood pressure for up to six months may soon be available. But here’s more good news: the vaccine also reduces tissue damage to the heart and blood vessels associated with hypertension. The researchers also found no signs of damage to other organs such as the kidney or liver when the vaccine was used among immunized hypertensive rats in the study.

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According to Hironori Nakagami M.D., Ph.D., study co-author and professor at Osaka University in Japan, the potential of a vaccine for hypertension offers an innovative treatment. The DNA vaccine designed by the researchers targets angiotensin II, the hormone that raises blood pressure. The DNA vaccine works like the common ACE inhibitor blood pressure medications: they help blood vessels relax and open up which lowers the blood pressure.

We certainly hope that this research, published in the American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report,  will very soon pave way for this precious vaccines to reach our drugstores and hospitals and finally, the hypertensive among us 🙂

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