The following video discusses the benefits of music therapy with people who have hearing conditions, specifically people who have constant ringing in their ears with no external source, otherwise known as tinnitus. The video talks about using music therapy to help heal the mental aspects as opposed to the physical aspects of tinnitus.
Chinese Music Therapy Video
Transcript of the Music Therapy Video
In ancient China, music therapy was considered a form of holistic healing. Now, in modern day Shanghai doctors are revisiting the ancient art and prescribing it to patients.
Chinese doctors are looking back to ancient practices to cure health problems. Recently music therapy has been gaining ground as a means to help people with hearing conditions. The five notes from traditional Chinese music are believed to correspond to the five main organs of the body: the spleen, lungs, liver, heart, and kidney.
In particular, music therapy is being applied to treat tinnitus, a condition of perpetually hearing ringing in the ear despite no external source.
Dr. Li Ming who specializes in ear and throat treatment is examining the potential of using music therapy for other ailments.
Dr. Li Ming, Chief Physician, Yueyang Hospital, Shanghai
On top of the existing musical therapy treatments, Chinese music therapy is targeted towards treating the energy and balances in our body which cause psychological discomfort. Through listening to the five ancient Chinese notes, we are looking at whether there are any problems with the five main organs.
The music therapy is to holistically heal internal and external problems. While some patients claim is not effective physically, they have benefited from the mental healing.
Hu Ping, Patient
I would not say music therapy directly influences my ear ringing…it is only giving some music to your brain. We know it can never fully treat this problem. The main thing is still the psychological aspect. If you sort out the psychological problem, everything else does not matter.
The patients are asked to listen to a thirty minute track three times a day. Some patients might suffer from ear ringing their whole lives, but Dr. Li hopes the music therapy will help them ease off from focusing on the problem.