It’s hard to believe there are people who detest spring. Personally, it’s my favorite season — I find all the regrowth and lush greenery to be quite beautiful and rejuvenating. However, my friend, Ed, absolutely despises the coming of spring, as every bloom brings a severe allergy flare-up. That alone is tough, but it gets worse for poor Ed… he shared with me that no matter what he does, his congestion always leads to a drawn-out, chronic case of sinusitis.
If you’ve ever experienced the misery of sinusitis, you can sympathize with Ed, and surely imagine how he came to hate spring. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the cavities surrounding the nasal passages. The severe congestion just gets things started. A painful daily headache becomes par for the course. A sore throat, cough, fever, fatigue and facial pain are also typical symptoms.
For most people, this nagging condition resolves within three or four weeks. Your doctor might prescribe a decongestant and pain reliever. An antibiotic is added if an infection is suspected.
In the worst cases, as with my friend Ed, sinusitis becomes chronic, with symptoms dragging out for months at a time.
The irony with this stubborn, unpleasant condition is that it’s fairly easy to find relief. You don’t need drugs or supplements. You don’t even need to exercise or change your diet. All you have to do is hum…
Say YES to NO
Believe it or not, humming to relieve sinusitis is backed by a wealth of research. And the science is solid because it’s fairly simple to prove that the simple act of humming increases levels of a molecule called nitric oxide (NO), one of your body’s true natural superheroes.
When a health issue concerns NO, it’s usually cardiovascular related, since the cells that line our arteries produce nitric oxide, which then creates a relaxing effect on our arteries. This keeps blood pressure in check and blood circulating smoothly. And as an added bonus — a big one — NO also reduces inflammation.
But wait — there’s more!
Nitric oxide also plays a key role in the brain where it aids in neurotransmission, helping your thinking stay sharp.
Now, compared to the vital work NO does in your brain and cardiovascular system, the value of NO in your nasal passages might seem like a relatively minor benefit. But that’s not the case at all…
NO is created in your nasal passages whenever you breathe through your nose. And among other things, NO acts as a gatekeeper for your respiratory system, preventing dangerous bacteria from reaching your lungs.
And that antibacterial action has another key job: It blocks infection in your nasal passages.
Issues like sinusitis begin when allergies or invading pathogens overwhelm the smooth functioning of the nasal passage. Mucus production goes into overdrive, inflammation flares, infection leads to full blown sinusitis, leaving you feeling miserable. And that, my dear reader, is when you can expect the prescription pad to make an appearance.
Then along with sinusitis symptoms, you’ll also have to deal with common prescription decongestant side effects, such as nervousness, dizziness, headache, and trouble sleeping.
Fortunately, nature has provided us with a much better way to cope.
Going with the flow
In Jim Donovan’s Whole Body Sound Healing System Protocol, he explores some of the evidence behind an unusual phenomenon: “Research shows that humming opens the sinuses and increases the level of nitric oxide in our bloodstream. When these levels are higher, it shows that air is moving out of your sinuses well and indicates healthy sinuses.”
Jim breaks down a groundbreaking 2002 study published in The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute fitted a cohort of middle-aged men with masks that captured and measured nitric oxide. The men breathed normally for five minutes to get a baseline measurement. Then they were instructed to hum for five minutes.
The difference was astounding. After humming, NO levels shot up dramatically and the airflow measurement was 15 times greater than the non-humming measurement.
This effectively demonstrated that humming improves NO output and efficient sinus airflow — two essential factors in maintaining sinus health. But could this method be harnessed to treat chronic sinusitis?
Jim answers that with another study. This one was an individual case study published in Medical Hypotheses.
The participant, who suffered from severe chronic sinus infections, began by humming for one hour at bedtime. The next morning, he woke with clear sinuses and found himself breathing easily through his nose for the first time in more than a month.
During the next four days, he hummed for 60-120 minutes, four times each day. His sinusitis symptoms slightly reoccurred, but with reduced intensity each day. By the end of the four-day intervention, his symptoms were eliminated and the severity of his cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) was reduced as well.
In both of these studies, the research teams concluded that humming daily for several minutes is an effective preventive health practice due to the boost of nitric oxide in the sinuses.
In his protocol, Jim follows this discussion of research with instruction for a brain humming exercise he’s devised specifically for clearing sinus congestion. The exercise combines humming with a gentle acupressure massage you can easily do yourself, in the comfort of your home. He advises to have some tissues on hand because you can expect immediate results!
For more information about Jim Donovan’s unique, sinus-healing techniques, as well as step-by-step video tutorials, refer to his Whole Body Sound Healing System Protocol. To learn more about this online learning tool, or to enroll today, click here.