How Music Helps Curb Cravings, Anxiety, and Depression

How Music Helps Curb Cravings, Anxiety, and Depression by Dr. Jose Sandoval #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #Music

Unless you’ve been living in a remote cave or have taken a vow of silence (both possibilities, but not probabilities), you probably have an affinity for and derive some pleasure from music.

And unless you’re fully and consciously creating the life that you envision for yourself, you have not caught my play on words in the title of my blog (i.e., Van Halen’s, ‘Right Here, Right Now’). Did you know though, that music is more than the acoustic and sensory experience that delights you and uplifts you, as it can also be the soothing balm for your heart and soul during a moment of pain? It can also unify a diverse group of people regardless of race, sex, gender or color which is often referred to as the “universal language.”

We are, after all, primed for music and its healing abilities like how babies rely on their mother’s voice and heartbeat to develop healthy brains.

Several traditions throughout the world have used sound and music as part of initiations or different ceremonies, like wedding vows, funerals, drum circles, and graduations for example. Sound and music work by entraining your brain’s brainwaves and shifting or stabilizing its variable frequencies (alpha, beta, theta, gamma, delta). It also helps to enhance or balance neurotransmitters like serotonin. (1)

Researchers have suggested that music has therapeutic potential to increase your body’s immune response and natural production of opiates, lower blood pressure, lower heart rate variability and even to lessen pain in people undergoing chemotherapy and treat Parkinson’s disease. (2) (3)

Ancient healers and mystics have long known and used sound for its soothing and medicinal effects.

For example, chakra healing, Tibetan singing bowls, chanting, blowing into a didgeridoo. Of course, as with all things, humans have evolved and made advancements with the use of sounds for their therapeutic effects. Holosync, a brainwave entraining sound technology developed by Bill Harris, who also founded the Centerpointe Research Institute, is one such example of how sounds can be used to induce deep states of calm and help you to develop insight into your patterns of distress and dis-ease, much like traditional meditation practices.

I’ve personally been using Holosync for several years and give it credit for helping me face life’s many challenges with ease while maintaining my equanimity. The Tomatis® Method is a different example of how sounds can be used to induce therapeutic changes in your brain. The Tomatis® Method is a natural approach to neurosensory stimulation. It was developed by the French doctor and researcher, Alfred Tomatis, and has been used successfully throughout the world to help people who experience attention disorders like ADD/ADHD, OCD. It has even been used in cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Multiple Sclerosis. Many case studies and published research articles have validated Dr. Tomatis’ work.

Listening to music helps you to focus.

Music also enhances and elevates the release of your body’s stored “feel good” neurotransmitter dopamine, like when you fulfill a basic need for food, sleep or sex. So, the next time you “crave” nefarious or toxic substances, or when you feel anxious and depressed, turn up the volume instead… maybe even dance a little bit and feel good!

To your health and success,

– Dr. Sandoval



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