By Melody Gluth
Have you ever had a sinus infection that made it so much more difficult to breathe? A bad sinus infection can make a person feel miserable and exhausted. Sinusitis is a common condition, with between 24 and 31 million cases reported each year in the United States. Common symptoms are a thick nasal mucus, a stuffy nose, and pain in the face.
Rhinosinusitis is a more accurate term for sinusitis. It is an inflammation or infection of the nose and sinuses above, below, and between the eyes. It can be cause by bacteria, viruses, fungi (such as molds), air pollution, and allergies. Most cases are caused by a viral infection. If a person has rhinosinusitis for less than four weeks, it is classified as acute rhinosinusitis (ARS). If they have rhinosinusitis for more than twelve weeks, it is classified as chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).
There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications available, but there may be a simple solution: humming. Humming is easy to do at home, does not require a prescription, and, of course, does not cost money. In several studies, it has shown promise in providing relief for people suffering with chronic rhinosinusitis.
So, how can humming help? Humming helps increase airflow, which can help protect against sinus infections. The sinuses need ventilation to allow air to flow between the sinus and the nasal cavities. When a person has a rhinosinusitis, they have a harder time breathing which leads to poor air circulation in the nose and sinuses. This can create an environment that facilitates bacterial growth and inflammation.
It has been found that by humming for 60 to 120 times for four times per day, symptoms of rhinosinusitis can be eliminated within four days. If a person is suffering from a chronically stuffy nose or rhinosinusitis, they should hum for ten to twenty breaths two to four times a day. This can be repeated for a few days or until the problems are gone.
Humming can be easily worked into daily routines, especially if a person spends time meditating. It can help disband stressful thoughts and calm the nervous system. When a person hums, they are vibrating the mucus in their nose, sinuses, throat, and chest. It is important to use a lower pitch while humming. A lower pitch produces more vibrations than a higher pitch. As you are humming, check to be sure there is good vibration. In order to feel the vibrations, pinch the sides of your nose and hum. The vibration can also be felt in your chest.
The effects can also be increased by pushing the ear tragus using the index fingers. By doing this, they are stimulating the vagus nerve. This nerve has parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. The vagus nerve is connected to the vocal cords, so humming stimulates it. Stimulating the vagus nerve can help with inflammation, digestive issues, and high blood pressure.
If you suffer from rhinosinusitis, it may be that you need more airflow. Give humming a try! You can work it into your daily routine for just a few minutes each day. The results may surprise you, as well as save you a visit to the doctor.