The Monroe Institute
Another bonus of living where I do is that the Monroe Institute is in neighboring Nelson County. They have a beautiful place there where they have retreats and studies into human consciousness. They pioneered the binaural audio systems that help one achieve different states of consciousness.
They have put together five different audio exercises for surgery. It is called the Surgical Support Series.One for pre-op, one for during surgery, one for the recovery room and two to promote healing and lessen pain afterwards.
They have recordings for all sorts of issues and enhancements to consciousness.
The following is from their Surgical Support Series information packet:
A controlled medical study using Hemi‐Sync®audio exercises during surgery
Over the years scores of anecdotal reports have identified various benefits of using the Hemi‐Sync® tapes from Monroe Products’ Surgical Support Series. Reported benefits have included: lower but stable blood pressure; deep relaxation; slower, deeper breathing; less and sometimes no pain medication required; less anesthesia during surgery; quicker return to consciousness in the recovery room; and accelerated recuperation.
Of interest are the results of a controlled medical study involving the use of Hemi‐Sync® during surgery. These results were published in the August 1999 issue of Anaesthesia (pages 769‐773), in an article titled “Hemispheric‐synchronization during anaesthesia: A double‐blind randomized trial using audio tapes for intra‐operative nociception control.”
The study investigated the possible benefits for patients listening to Hemi‐Sync® audio tapes while undergoing surgery under general anaesthesia at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, U.K. A total of 76 patients, ranging in age from 18 to 75, participated in the study. To determine the relative benefits for patients listening to Hemi‐Sync® sounds, two control groups were established for patients to listen to non‐Hemi‐Sync® sounds. These groups listened to classical music or blank tapes respectively. Patients were assigned one of three numbered (but unlabeled) tapes using a computer‐generated random number table. Of the patients participating, 25 (15 men, 10 women) listened to Hemi‐Sync tapes, 25 (9 men, 16 women) listened to classical music tapes, and 26 (9 men, 17 women) listened to blank tapes. Following are excerpts from the article:
“In our study, we found that patients exposed to a Hemi‐Sync® audio tape whilst undergoing surgery under ‘light’ general anaesthesia required significantly less analgesia with fentanyl when compared with patients listening to a blank tape or to classical music…Patients in the blank tape and classical music groups required on average 4.5 times as much fentanyl as the patients in the Hemi‐Sync® group. This difference remained significant when regression analysis was used to control for the effects of age and sex… On the basis of the preliminary findings of this pilot study, we believe that larger randomized studies are now required which utilize all the tapes in the Surgical Support Series.”