Study of the effects of plant music—using the Music of the Plants device—on human health.
Plants have the ability to manipulate their environment. They have extraordinary interactions with animals (Dicke, M et al., 1999), they know who is standing before them, and can modify their behavior based on it (Van Hoven, 1991). Plant can change their behaviors to reach specific goals that go beyond simply survival. In addition, plants express social behaviors amongst themselves and with other species. If they are close to a plant with which they have a familial or affinity relationship, they will not compete, but instead will find ways to help each other reciprocally, sharing resources and food (Wohllenben, P, 2016).
Studies have shown that there is a relationship between plants and humans, where the former can react based on the thoughts of the latter (“The Secret Life of Plants”, Peter Tompkins and “The Secret Powers of Plants”, Brett L. Bolton).
Over the years, there have been several devices developed at Damanhur to experiment with various forms of contact between humans and plants. One of the devices to come from this experimentation was the Music of the Plants, which measures the electrophysical changes of plants and translates them into notes of music. Thousands of people have experienced direct interactions with plants through this music, and from these interactions, there are numerous accounts of health improvements in both the humans and plants, Jean Thoby, from Pépinière Botanique in France, for example, has found in his semi-scientific experiments that music produced by a plant can improve the physical health of the person listening.
Even with ample anecdotal evidence, the interaction between plant and human health through music created by the plant itself has not yet been studied in a systematic way.
This research study is based on the hypothesis that a plant is able to understand the health status of a human being, and from that knowledge can create—through the Music of the Plants device—sounds that can contribute to the improvement of said person’s health.
By applying a rigorous scientific method, this research aims to study the changes in the health of a person subject to contact with a specific plant and to the music produced by said plant using the Music of the Plants device. Changes to the physiology of the person and the plant will be studied simultaneously, as will the music produced by the plant.
Changes to the human condition and the music produced by the plant will be classified and quantified, and will be used to investigate the correlation between them.
Susanne Simmard, in her famous TED presentation, explained how “forests aren’t simply collections of trees, they’re complex systems with hubs and networks that overlap and connect trees and allow them to communicate, and they provide avenues for feedbacks and adaptation, and this makes the forest resilient.” Just like a human family, trees live together with their children, communicate amongst each other, and reciprocally support their individual growth, sharing nutrition with individuals that may be sick or in need, in order to create a resilient ecosystem that can withstand the impacts of the elements (The Hidden Lives of Trees, Peter Wohllenben, 2016). This shows that plants are aware of the varying conditions of the numerous plants and animals around them and act in order to maintain a healthy state of balance in the surrounding area.
A study conducted by Theresa Helgeson in the United States found a significant improvement in various biological parameters after plant music sessions, including the amount of Rouleau, Fibrin, Platelets, Spicules, and Protein Crystals (T. Helgeson, “Plant Music Therapy and the Effects on Body, Mind and Spirit”, 2014). Less formal studies, such as those conducted by Jean Thoby in France in collaboration with Genodics, have found a correlation between an improvement in human health in individuals with chronic diseases and dedicated sessions listening to music created by a plant with the Music of the Plants device.
In conclusion, the results of anecdotal and semi-scientific experimentation warrant a more in-depth study with a larger number of case studies.
Materials and Methods
This study has been chosen to collect data on the possible effects of plant music on the health of a human being. The hypothesis the researchers want to test is if there is a specific effect on the health of an individual after dedicated listening to live plant music.
The collection of data from this first study will be used to set the direction for subsequent studies based on the results recorded.
The instruments to be used to gather and evaluate the results include:
- PSI KARNAK analysis
- BIO-WELL analysis
- Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Plethysmograph analysis
- Blood pressure measurements
- Subject questionnaire before and after the session
- Analysis of the plant music by Genodics
The researchers would like to involve a musicologist that can analyze the recordings of the live plant music to identify any possible note sequences or recognizable styles of music that can add additional value to the study. This is not an essential part of the study on the effects of plant music on human health, but could add additional insight into the music composed.
The study will include 60 individuals that choose to participate in the study.
The participants will be divided based on age, sex, and subdivided into homogeneous groups.
Procedure and Analysis
Details in document
Gau Erba (Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the Università degli Studi di Torino; Homeopathic Doctor from Similia Similibus in Turin and International Academy of Classical Homeopathy with Prof. George Vithoulkas in India; Pranotherapist from the School for Spiritual Healers of Damanhur; Colortherapist from the Istituto di Cromopuntura in Locarno, Switzerland)
Tigrilla Gardenia (Music and Electrical Engineer from the University of Miami, USA; Researcher of plant intelligence and the Music of the Plants; Biomimic in training from the Biomimicry Institute in USA; currently pursuing a Master in Futuro Vegetale (Future in Plants) at the Università degli Studi di Firenze)
Zigola Pioppo (Sustainable Energy and Behavior, Master in Technology and Society from the University of Technology Eindhoven, NL; Researcher of sound and the Music of the Plants)
Neftj Ragusa (Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, Master in Experimental Medicine from the Università degli Studi di Torino)
Stefano Turini (Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, BioChemistry; currently pursuing a Post-Doc in Medical Nanobiotechnology from the Università degli Studi di Torino)
Pedro Ferrandiz (General Manager, Genodics; Biologist and Agricultural Engineer)
Crea Salute (an integrative medicine clinic that provides diagnostic and therapeutic health services)
FisioCrea (a physical therapy and rehabilitation center.)
Computer, cables, and software to record the plant music, archive the data, and analyze the results
Playback device with speaker
Petty cash in case of unexpected expenses connected to the instrumentation listed in “Materials and Methods”
Dedicated device of the Music of the Plants (offered by Crea Salute)
Dedicated plant, back-up plant (offered by Crea Salute)
PSI KARNAK (offered by Stefano Turini)
BIO-WELL (offered by Gau Erba)
HRV e PTG (offered by FisioCrea)
Space to conduct the experiments (offered by Crea Salute)
Dicke, M., et al. ‘Jasmonic Acid and Herbivory Diffrentially Induce Carnivore-Attracting Plant Volatiles in Lima Bean Plants.’ Journal of Chemical Ecology 25 (1999): 1907-22.
- Helgeson, “Plant Music Therapy and the Effects on Body, Mind and Spirit”, 2014
Van Hoven, W. ‘Mortalities in African Kudu populations related to chemical defense in trees’ Journal of African Zoology, 105 (1991): 141-5
The Hidden Lives of Trees, Peter Wohlleben, 2016
For question regarding the study or collaborate and support this and other research, please contact: Tigrilla Gardenia
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 Genodics develops applications using a “genetic method”, discovered and patented by the physicist Joël Sternheimer, that allows for the prevention and cure of disease and helps with the growth and development of plants using music integrated with genetic codes.