Can Mozart’s music heal epilepsy?

Melodious music has multiple beneficial effects on human’s health.

The healing-, recovery- and growth-supporting effect is mostly attributed to classical music of the baroque and classical epoque.

Many studies investigated effect of music on the processes in the body. Like other contemplative techniques, listening to classical music shows increased state of relaxation and stress release and was not seldomly applied e.g., in the intensive care units to reduce adverse symptoms in post-operative care.

Moreover, the “Mozart effect” has proved to have a remarkable impact on patients treated for epilepsy.

Group of Taiwanese researchers investigated how a regular listening to Mozart’s piano sonatas can reduce epileptogenic activity.

18 children treated for epilepsy were exposed daily to 8 minutes listening of the Mozart Concerto for 2 pianos D major (K.448) before sleep.

As a consequence, decrease in the epileptogenic activity on EEG has augmented within the time: 1st month by 53%, 2nd month by 64% and 6th month even by 72%.

Another study tested EEG in 68 children – before and after listening to the Mozart’s K.448 (Concerto for 2 pianos D major) and K.545 (Sonata for piano C major). This resulted in decrease in the epileptiform activity by 33% (K.558) and 38% (K.545) respectively.

Listening to a pleasant music is one of the non-pharmacological tools, which can have important benefit for restoring balance of the autonomic nervous system, reducing stress-related processes and harmonization of the central nervous system.

For more about the health benefits of music, please go to “Applied Techniques => Music Therapy” on our site.

Melodious Music makes part of Kristina’s movement-contemplative exercises, which are included in every of our Mehana Programs. You are very welcome to choose one for you!


Author: Kristina Höschlová