Is Humming Good For Your Sinuses?

humming for sinuses

Sinusitis is a condition that occurs due to inflammation of hollow, mucus-lined spaces in the nose. This inflammation leads to the trapping of air, mucus, and other secretions resulting in symptoms like pain, headache and nasal congestion.

Inflammation of sinuses is a result of upper respiratory infection. Some people are prone to these infections than others as they suffer from respiratory diseases like asthma, allergies, and others, which make them more vulnerable to chronic sinusitis.

But current tools that are available for studying functions of sinuses are intrusive and difficult to operate, which makes research inconvenient.

How can sinus be cured?

According to experts and researchers, proper ventilation to sinuses is essential to facilitate proper airflow between sinus linings and nasal cavities. Humming for a few minutes every day can contribute to improved air flow according to these two recent studies.

Studies that show effects of Humming

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine published a study where researchers compared airflow in nasal cavities of people when they were humming and silent. They studied the amount of nitric oxide exhaled to determine the effect of humming on sinuses. Healthy sinuses with proper airflow are known to produce nitric oxide. The quantity of nitric oxide emitted while humming was 15 times more than during the silent exhaling. A study in The European Respiratory Journal came across similar findings. According to this research, humming lead to increase in nasal nitric oxide by promoting rapid exchange of gases in paranasal sinuses.

How does humming work?

When you hum a song, vibrations are generated in your head. These vibrations shake up and thus break the bond of mucus and other secretions trapped in your sinuses, throat, nose and chest.

1. Cilia of nose

Cilia of the nose is microscopic hairs that move in sync to remove bacteria from your nose to back of the throat with the aid of mucus layer. Further, these bacteria are taken down to the stomach where stomach acid deactivates them. Cilia move better in thin mucus.

2. Cilia of chest

Cilia of chest move upwards and throw bacteria and dust out from bronchial passage and up the windpipe in the throat allowing you to cough it out. Proper functioning of cilia in the chest prevents coughing and wheezing. When cilia fail, dust and bacteria remain in the same place, which leads to coughing.

3. Mucus blanket

A dry chest or nose can’t function efficiently. This is because they won’t be able to throw out bacteria, dust, or any foreign particles. Mucus blanket is necessary for their proper functioning. But too thin mucus like water or too thick mucus-like jello is not suitable for carrying out its functions. Vibrations break bonds that attach and make it thick just like vibrations of massager turns solid jello in liquid. As mentioned earlier, humming generates such vibrations decreasing the thickness and viscosity of mucus and thus aid in the removal of dust and bacteria.


A few minutes of daily humming can assist you to keep respiratory diseases at bay. One can also try green tea along with lemon and honey for treating sinus. Tea improves cilia; honey suppresses cough and lemon thins the mucus.

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