• A 2001 study conducted on burn patients, whose burns required to be periodically scraped to lessen the formation of dead tissue, found that music therapy helped alleviate extreme pain occurring during the procedure.
• A 2007 endeavor by Cochrane Collaboration, studied the data from 51 'pain' studies and it showed that music helped reduce pain and the requirement for narcotic drugs.
• Cochrane Collaboration also found the immense benefits of music therapy in the improvement of certain mental conditions, for instance schizophrenia.
• Premature infants who listened to lullabies were found to be quick in learning the art of 'sucking' which helped them gain weight faster, compared to preemies not exposed to the benefits of music therapy.
• Hospitalized children suffering cancer showed a boost in their immune system when they sang, played and listened to music as compared to children who were not exposed to music therapy according to Deforia Lane, director of music therapy at the Ireland Cancer Center in Cleveland. Stroke patients and music therapy for regaining speech
: Music's impact on the brain is certain, according to Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, chief of the Cerebrovascular Disorder Division and Stroke-Recovery Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Schlaug found those suffering a stroke on the left side of the brain, with their speech centers damaged, responded very well to "melodic intonation therapy."
Using two tones to sing and communicate this form of music therapy helped patients graduate into actual speech much faster than others.
• Paralysis and Music Therapy to regain gait:
Music therapy has helped patients suffering partial paralysis to regain their gait
, according to research from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University. Walking to the rhythms of music, patients retrain to walk much faster than patients who were not exposed to music therapy for rehabilitation.
• Autistic children and music therapy:
To understand how the autistic brain processes music, a new study is proposed to be conducted by Istvan Molnar-Szakacs, a researcher at the UCLA Tennenbaum Centre for the Biology of Creativity. Explaining the background of the study, Istvan Molnar-Szakacs said, "Music has long been known to touch autistic children. Studies from the early days of autism research have already shown us that music provokes engagement and interest in kids with ASD. More recently, such things as musical memory and pitch abilities in children with ASD have been found to be as good as or better than in typically developing children." Healing is undoubtedly a divine manifestation of music. From 'touching a chord' to 'touching a cure' the world of medicine is swaying to the boundless repertoire of music. 'Without music, life is a journey through a desert', Pat Conroy said, and medicine agrees to it wholeheartedly!