I am getting interested in therapeutic aspects of music, especially non-Western music. Other cultures have used music in spas where physicians would prescribe music according to the illness. I don't know if these claims are true but surely there is some merit in creating a healing environment.
I think it would be very interesting to combine the practice of pranayama (breath control) with a raga just to see what would happen.
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"Music therapy with Indian Carnatic music is proved to be curing illnesses such as headaches, asthma, digestive tract problems, hyperactivity, arthritis, depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Music therapists concluded from researches that certain ragas in Indian carnatic music are capable of curing these illnesses, if listened at a particular time for a fixed period.
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Ragas: Carnatic music is a form of south Indian classical music.Ragas are referred to the melodic mode derived from the combination of seven musical notes (Sa,ri,ga,ma,pa,dha,ni) rendered in classical Music. Music therapists with the help of great musicians have segmented these ragas as night ragas, day ragas and afternoon ragas to make them more effective on patients."
Music Therapy with Indian Carnatic Music: Ragas to Cure Sleeping Disorders: