Harmonicas for Health 口琴与健康

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armonicas have been enjoyed for centuries.Playing the harmonica may improve our physical and mental health and prevent disease. Several organizations today support these claims. The potential benefits presented here are based on various sources including evidence based studies, panel reviews, surveys and anecdotes. Numerous training programs exist in the USA to expand the use of the harmonica for health purposes. Examples of exercises exist for general wellness. Future research on the medical impact of harmonica playing is eagerly anticipated.

Harmonicas through time
The harmonica was developed in Europe in the early part of the 19th century, and since then it has been a favored musical instrument of both Eastern and Western societies. It is not merely a toy for children. A few examples exist for its impact in American history. For instance, one of Abraham Lincoln’s stress relievers during his Presidency was to play his harmonica. Furthermore, President Ronald Reagan played the harmonica as his doctor recommended while he was recuperating from his near-tragic gunshot wound in Washington, DC in 1981. The harmonica’s ever increasing popularity is deeply imbedded in its simple build, handsome look, charming sound, wide availability, portability and affordability.

by Dr. Sunghee Victor Yun
International Public Health Specialist
• Harmonica for Health and Hope in Harmony International (4Hi)
• Harmonicas Health Committee Founding Chairman of SPAH
• Stanford University “Harmonica for Better Breathing” Class Teacher
• Palo Alto, California USAHealth Benefits of the HarmonicaMisinformation has clouded the medical contributions of the harmonica. In the past, numerous false claims have been put forth, such as harmonicas causing lung damage or tuberculosis, damaging to the lips and teeth, swallowing hazards, or hallucinating when combined with smoking. However, while the harmonica is not meant to be a substitution for medical treatments, it could well be a complementary therapy to many diseases. Suggested benefits include helping chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) patients, as well as those who suffer asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Harmonicas can also reduce the intensity of snoring, sleep apnea, shortness of breathing, chest pain, memory loss, childhood ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity,Continue To Next Page 下一页–>

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