- Study explores impact of Vedic chants and instrumental music on relieving anxiety
- It measured biophysical parameters like blood pressure and heartbeat rate
- Research found that clinically significant rate of anxiety reduction to insignificant after intervention
- Study recommends further research on impact of Vedic chants
- Music therapy started gaining acceptance, and instrumental music is a part of it.
Even though many spiritual benefits of listening Vedic chants have been propagated in different versions, proper research on its impact are yet to be conducted. In the absence of studies on such topics, a team of scholars from Himachal Pradesh has explored the impact of listening to Vedic chants and Indian classical instrumental music on patients who undergo invasive procedures.
The researchers observed the anxiety level of patients undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopy when listened to Vedic chants and Indian classical instrumental music.
As a part of the research, participants were divided into three groups. The experiment was conducted 30 minutes before the procedure. A group consisting 67 patients were taken to a closed room where they were exposed to Vedic chants (Purushasukhtham) for ten minutes. Another group of 66 patients was exposed to Indian classical instrumental music played on Santhoor for ten minutes. The third group of 66 were taken to the same environment and instructed to sit simply for ten minutes.
Biophysical parameters like blood pressure, heartbeat rate, etc. were calculated on the spot and compared.
The research revealed that the blood pressure decreased significantly in the group that was exposed to instrumental music when compared to other two. Similarly, heart rate also got slowed down in the instrumental music group.
The study found out that listening to Vedic chants or instrumental music can decrease the clinically significant anxiety rates to insignificant numbers. Considering the fact that gastro-intestinal endoscopy usually increases the stress in the patients the intervention of Vedic chants or instrumental music is remarkable. It can help avoid the unnecessary risks of sedatives or narcotics usually administered for surgeries.
Music therapy has been widely accepted for stress relieving and recovering certain medical situations, to which the research adds more information. Researches on the impact of listening to Vedic chants in patients are also a few; thus it could be taken for further follow-ups, recommends the researchers.
The study was published in the latest issue of Indian Journal of Psychiatry, published by Indian Psychiatric Society.