I am always searching for simple remedies for my patients to prevent colds, flu, and sinus infections. That’s why I was excited to see a short article last month in the New York Times that discusses how humming can help to relieve sinus infections and headaches.
Humming reduces sinus inflammation by stimulating the release of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule in the body which helps smooth muscle relax and vasodilation to increase blood flow. Less inflammation means the body recovers quicker and can fight off infections.
Many of my acupuncture patients have asthma and allergies, making them more susceptible to sinus infections especially during the winter months. I often recommend self acupressure to supplement the acupuncture treatment. Some traditions of qi gong and acupressure self care include humming certain tones to help stimulate the healing process. Now we know that the humming can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.