Music: Alternative medicine for children and elderly

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Vich Boonrod


          Music is perceived through listening, seeing, or feeling with imagination. It was originated from humans using natural materials, whistling, or clapping. Later, humans have created effective musical instruments and have used them for entertaining, relaxing, running performances, and encouraging. Music has also been used as the tool for spiritual worship. It has been always significant for humanities for its benefits of entertaining, giving joys, and encouraging until nowadays. Currently, music is applied to use in medicine in terms of mental and emotional treatments, which is called “music therapy”. This article presents the effectiveness of music that has been used to treat children and elderly people. The result of the study showed that music had positive effects on humans’ bodies and minds. Those who had been treated with music felt relaxed and clam. It can stimulate the response and blood circulation, encourage good mood and positive thinking, reduce stress, and create interactions between people. Therefore, the findings of this study proves that the potential and effectiveness of music is not only for entertaining anymore.


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