Friday, August 23, 2013

Can Mozart Reduce Seizures in Children? These Studies Say Yes!

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One day I turned on the classical music station in the car and saw my son completely relax. This was unexpected. I never liked classical music so this was his first exposure. I'd only ever seen him that calm once - when he was on an exceptionally high, but unsustainable dose of seizure medications during a prescription change.

Petite mal seizures ping around my son's brain all day long. Though medication keeps him functional, it only partially controls his epileptic activity. Since we can't safely dose much higher I often search for additional options to reduce those breakthrough seizures.

That got me wondering if the effects of classical music on seizures have been studied?

Turns out they have.


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The Mozart Effect on Epileptiform Activity
1998 Jul;29(3):109-19

Twenty-three of twenty-nine subjects had decreased epileptiform activity, including patients in a coma. The intensity of seizures also decreased.

2011 Aug;21(4):420-4.

Previous studies had shown reduced seizure activity during and immediately after listening to Mozart K.448. This study exposed children to 8 minutes of k.448 before bed for six months. Epileptic discharges significantly reduced progressively after 1, 2, and 6 months. All patients except those with occipital discharges benefited.
2011 Mar;20(3):490-3.

Eight of eleven patients were seizure free or had very positive outcomes. 
2013 Aug;124(8):1528-35.
This recently published study confirmed the outcomes in previous studies: listening to Mozart decreased seizures in children. This one, however, looked at why. It detected an increase in parasympathetic tone during the music exposure. The authors suggest that Mozart stimulated parasympathetic activation, which may have been involved in the effect the music has in reducing seizures and their occurrence rates.  


Mozart k.448 attenuates spontaneous absence seizure and related high voltage rhythmic spike discharges in Long Evans rats.
2013 May;104(3):234-40.

Showed that seizure reduction with k.448 also happens in rats.


Mozart k.545 mimics k.448 in reducing epileptic discharges in epileptic children

This study of thirty-nine children looked at if another Mozart piece, k.545, could have similar seizure reduction capacity as k.448. It does. This study suggest that other music with lower harmonics might decrease seizures in children.


Mozart k.448 and epileptiform discharges: effect of ration from lower to higher harmonics
2010 May;89(2-3):238-45

Another study showing k.448 reduces seizures in some children. Researchers postulate that minimizing high frequency harmonics is good for epileptic children.


My son's breakthrough seizures manifest as hyper-activity, impulsiveness, and occasional aggression. When those tell-tale symptoms arise I play k.448 and k.545 and it seems to help. I've even put them on his Ipad to listen to in the sensory room at school when disrupted by seizures. But I have yet to commit to a six month regimen of having him listen for eight minutes or more before bed. That's coming soon. I'll keep you posted.


Mozart Can Cut Epilepsy - BBC News

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tags: epilepsy and Mozart, seizures and Mozart, Mozart reduces seizures in children, studies


  1. Very interesting. My daughter has Epilepsy as well, but suffers Tonic-Clonic (grand mal) seizures. (Currently taking Keppra and Lamictal) I'll have to play this for her.

  2. Hi there! I hope it helps her. Mine takes Topamax. Hoping to keep him from graduating to grand mals with puberty onset, which explains all the research. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I'm an adult epileptic (53 years old) with secondary generalized seizures. In an attempt to lower my seizure activity and lessen my need for Keppra, I began using the Mozart Effect (specifically K.448, K.545, and Bach's Cantata #147) and the Android app, Dharma Meditations. During the initial 3 days of using the Mozart Effect, I noticed a dramatic increase in seizure activity (myoclonic). I decided that I would give it one more day. I haven't had a seizure since day 3. That was three weeks ago. My mood changes have leveled off significantly which I cannot stress how beneficial this has been. I should also mention that I cut my dosages of Keppra into 4 half dosages instead of 2 full dosages a day. Also, I began taking a Complex B vitamin every day.This is the best that I've felt in 8 years.

  4. I had my first seizure. I was in high school and didn't want anyone to know that I had epilepsy. I had seizures on two occasions. I was so ashamed and didn't want people to think that something was wrong with me. I finally got to the point where I told people that I had epilepsy. I came to the place that I realized that I had to own my epilepsy or it would control me. Epilepsy hadn't really affected my life until about 9 years ago after my first child was born... I am a wife and mother of two beautiful children. I have lived with epilepsy for 20 years Yet, my life has been dramatically impacted by epilepsy. I had search for cure online without no hope. I met a Man called DR Lewis hill, i contact him I made an order of his medicine and I do not experience seizure anymore i was cured form it. So if you are in the same situation as mine contact him on this email


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