Music Used As a Healing Therapy
1 Music has long been used to treat patients suffering from different problems, in 400 BC, its healing properties were documented by the ancient Greeks. More recently, in both world wars in the last century, medical workers used music therapy(疗法)with people suffering from trauma (外伤). Currently, it is used as a treatment for many diseases, such as cancer, and it has also been used with patients with long-term pain and learning disabilities.
2 There is growing evidence that music can cause physical changes to the body which can improve our health, in the Welcome Trust study, which took place over three years at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London, patients were asked to listen to musical performances. As a result, it was found that stress levels were significantly reduced, recovery times were improved, and fewer drugs were needed.
3 These very positive results are partly due to general well-being (良好的健康状况). It is already accepted that when people feel happy and have a positive approach to life, they are more likely to feel better and recover from disease quickly. Music increases this feeling of joy and adds to the recovery process.
4 However, not all these benefits can be attributed to an increase in general well-being. Music has other effects which have not yet been understood. According to Professor Robertson, a scientist and musician, some effects of music are mysterious and are, therefore, being investigated further, it has been suggested that the sounds and rhythms of music help stimulate the brain and send electrical messages to the muscles.
5 Science, however, demands facts and hard evidence. Many in the medical profession have not yet recognized the healing benefits of music, since reports have been based mainly on various stories of evidence. These new studies could provide proof to doctors that music is a suitable treatment for many conditions. One day doctors may even“prescribe”(开处方) music, but that could be a long time in the future.
23 Paragraph 1 __________
24 Paragraph 2 __________
25 Paragraph 3 __________
26 Paragraph 4 __________
A Increase in general well-being
B Positive physical changes caused by music
C Potential dangers of music therapy
D History of music therapy
E Other mysterious effects of music
F Music and your body
27 Researchers have found that patients’ stress levels decrease when they_____.
28 Music can treat patients partly because____.
29 Those who always look on the bright side of life are more likely to ____.
30 Many doctors don't believe that music can treat diseases because____.
A there is not enough hard evidence
B listen to musical performances
C recover from disease quickly
D use their minds actively
E it improves general well-being
F it brings many other benefits