Music Therapy, a Future Alternative Intervention Against Diseases

  • Haruhisa Wago
  • Shinji Kasahara
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 546)

Abstract

It is a serious problem that a lot of stresses caused by external stimuli have malignant influences on both physiological and psychological functions in humans. Particularly, those stresses compromise bioactivities by adversely affecting the nervous and endocrine systems as well as the immune system, which plays a key role in prevention of infectious diseases and cancer1–4. Music, a universal language with many purposes, has been used in the health care setting to reduce stress and anxiety5. However, its biomedical significance is not fully understood. In this chapter we review effects of music therapy on human bio-functions such as nervous, endocrine and immune systems and then report our investigation on how music can enhance the immune system.

Keywords

Fatigue Depression Dopamine Dementia Cortisol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haruhisa Wago
    • 1
  • Shinji Kasahara
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical TechnologySaitama Medical School Junior CollegeSaitamaJapan
  2. 2.Department of NeurobiologyDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA

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