About the book
In the book De Anima, Aristotle (323–373 BCE) wrote his observations that flute music could arouse strong emotions and had the potential to purify the soul. Since the beginning of the 19th century researchers started to systematically explore the role of music as a healing tool. Music with rhythm and harmony is an essential component of natural as well as human life. The beating heart, inhale and exhale during breathing, sleeping, walking, eating are a few examples of natural rhythmic cycles. Music stimulates various parts of the brain and music therapy tends to influence blood pressure, heart beat, respiration, mood and feelings. With growing evidence music therapy is widely gaining popularity in health care settings as it seems to facilitate restoration of physiological parameters and improve psychological issues. Recent advances are continuously helping to understand the underlying mechanisms how music influences neuroplasticity and thus music therapy exerts positive effects to improve outcomes. The present work is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the element of music with its facilitation properties to restore and promote health as well as current status of music as a healing and research tool.