This post includes an article I came across awhile ago and found absolutely fascinating. As a cat lover (dogs, too!), I always knew petting them made me feel peaceful and open-hearted. But I had no idea there were so many other health benefits and that there was all this other interesting stuff going on with cats. Makes me love them even more!
CAT PURR HEALS BONES!
Dr. David Williams, the American medical researcher, biochemist and chiropractor, recently wrote about some fascinating research from the Fauna Communications Research Institute in Hillsborough, North Carolina, a group devoted to animal acoustical sounds, who decided to investigate the very fundamental question of exactly why cats purr.
Although most of us believe cats purr to give voice to joy or contentment, cats also purr when they are under stress – when they are caged, or injured, or even during the rigors of birth. In these circumstances, it stands to reason that purring was invented for a larger purpose than just happy noises. Purring, a sound involving both the larynx and the diaphragm, requires a lot from a cat. As the Fauna researchers put it: ‘When was the last time you heard someone singing, or humming to themselves . . .when they were in the emergency room with a broken leg? The purr has to be somehow involved with survival.’
After recording the purring of all manner of cats, from domestic cats to cheetahs and ocelots at the Cincinnati Zoo, the researchers discovered something untoward. The dominant frequency for all the big and small cats besides the cheetah was 25 Hz or 50 Hz – the same frequencies that are optimal for bone growth or repair – although cats seem to be able to ramp up the range to 140 Hz. In their paper, presented at an International Conference on Low Frequency Noise and Vibration in Bristol, the UK, in 2006, the North Carolina researchers said, these various purr frequencies exactly ‘correspond to vibrational/electrical frequencies used in treatment for bone growth/fractures, pain, edema, muscle growth/strain, joint flexibility, dyspnea, and wounds.’ Studies show that frequencies of 25 and 50 hertz promote bone strength by 20 per cent and stimulate fractions to heal faster. Other low frequencies help to heal muscles and alleviate acute and chronic pain, heal wounds, repair tendons, make joints more mobile, and even aid and regulate breathing.
So, the researchers wondered, is purring some sort of in-built frequency modulator to aid self-healing, the reason for the ancient adage that ‘cats always land on their feet’? Researchers from New York’s Animal Medical Center examined this phenomenon —what vets call ‘high-rise syndrome’ — by studying 132 cats who’d fallen at least five and a half stories from high-rise buildings. Although the cats had all manner of trauma, contusions and fractures, emergency treatment was required for less than a third of the cats, mostly for shock and trauma to the chest. Another third had simple non-emergency care and the final third, nothing at all. Astonishingly, 90 per cent of the treated cats survived their gigantic fall. Another old adage from vets is, ‘Put a cat in a room with a bunch of broken bones and the bones will heal.’ Although cats get osteoarthritis, they don’t have the high level of lameness that dogs do. In one recent study in Veterinary Record, nearly a third of cats had signs of degenerative joint disease, and 16 per cent had joint osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, of 218 cats, only six had clinical signs of lameness. Cats also rarely suffer from many bone illnesses, like bone cancer. Problems after surgery also occur far less in cats than according to one study, where dogs had problems 19 per cent of the time, and cats only 12 per cent.‘By changing the frequency of their purring, cats may be fine-tuning their healing abilities,’ said Williams.
Better than Reiki
I shared this story with Sharyn, my production editor for What Doctors Don’t Tell You, who is also a Reiki practitioner and an ardent cat lover. Sharyn’s cat Egg loves heights and has no fear of falling. Twice she fell off her balcony two stories to the ground, after which she began to limp on both front paws. Sharyn gave her Reiki three times. ‘She just curled up and purred away happily,’ Sharyn wrote me. ‘Her limping cleared within days. And here I thought I had healed Egg’s limping with my Reiki!’ The interesting question is what this means for we humans when we’re in close proximity to cats. Williams claims to know people who say they rid themselves of migraines by lying down right next to a purring cat. Sharyn says she noticed something else strange. ‘When either of the cats rests on or near my wristwatch for at least a half hour —say when watching TV — my watch has stopped. I wonder if it has to do with an electromagnetic-field-cancelling effect, which somehow can also interfere with watches — in my case a self-winding one? Maybe felines were put on this earth to remind us of what to do when the going gets tough: just put your lips together and … purr!
And here’s more from thewayfarer.com….
……purring is often compared to the dhikr, the rhythmic chanting of the Sufis , which is used in many early Islamic hospitals as a healing process. Modern science recently discovered the healing powers of the cats’ purr: “…optimal frequency for bone stimulation is 50 hertz. The dominant and fundamental frequency for three species of cats’ purr is exactly 25 to 50 hertz: the best frequencies for bone growth and fracture healing. The cat’s purr falls well within the 20-50 hertz anabolic range, and extends up to 140 hertz .” (healing section)
Dr. Clinton Rubin and his associates made a fantastic discovery. They found that exposure to frequencies between 20-50 Hz (at low dB) creates the robust striations of increased bone density.
Healing by association – Suhba and Cats can Improve Your Mood
But it’s the cat’s “healing by association” that most people find interesting: that ability of a cat to sympathetically help cure illnesses in people simply by being around them. Studies have also shown that owners, especially senior citizens, who have cats have lower blood pressure and can live longer than humans who don’t own pets.
The warmth of their furry bodies and open, purring friendship can drastically influence a person’s state of mind for the better. Vital signs taken after an individual’s interaction with a pet show positive effects on the blood pressure, pulse, and breathing frequency, and the results of these tests are surprisingly similar to the body’s condition after deep meditation. Some studies have even indicated that having pets reduces stress and results in a lowered risk of heart disease.
Many individuals swear they can ease or completely eliminate their migraine headaches simply by lying down with a purring cat next to their head. Can’t hit that minimum recommended daily dose of bone-enriching calcium? Maybe grabbing the nearest cat and holding it close may just prove to be the answer to brittle-bones. Having surgery? Perhaps after coming home, keeping a cat nearby will reduce your recovery time. So, go get a cat. Keep it happy and purring. You’re both likely to be healthier and you’ll have a great friend who truly understands how you’re feeling.
Doctors and scientists in a number of different medical fields are researching the healing properties of sound, and the results are pretty promising. Most body cavities and tissues have their own resonant frequencies, and sound in those ranges can stimulate the respective organs to heal. For example: the human lungs resonate at around 39 hertz (in a fluid medium) and researchers found sound at that frequency to be beneficial to people with lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
Vibrational stimulation not only relieves suffering in 82% of persons suffering from acute and chronic pain but also generates new tissue growth, augments wound tissue strength, improves local circulation and oxygenation, reduces swelling and/or inhibits bacterial growth?
Lowered stress and increased calmness could be the cause, but studies over the last twenty years have also shown that people who own pets are much healthier than their non-pet owning counterparts; they are often less-prone to minor illnesses like colds and influenza, score better on psychological tests, and claim to feel a greater sense of well-being
Adults are not the only ones who benefit from caring for a cat. Children who have participated in the raising of a pet have shown higher self esteem levels, better social skills, and a greater sense of responsibility toward others. For young children and infants, exposure to cats at a young age can also help the child develop resistance to allergens and asthma.
A new study suggests cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than people who, well, don’t own cats. Researchers, found that feline-less people were 30 to 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those with cats.
More on the benefits of having cats/pets in your life:
Here’s a video where you can find out about ordering a 33 minute CD of the purring 25- 50 hertz frequencies that help regenerate bone:
And here’s an hour long Theta Meditation track of purring with added binaural beats….
PERSONAL NOTE: I read somewhere that a cat’s purr registers at around 500 on David Hawkins’ (author of Power vs Force) vibrational frequency scale, which is in the same range as unconditional love, if I remember correctly. Maybe the purr has such a healing effect because it corresponds with that frequency??! It may also explain why petting a cat and hearing him/her purr naturally makes me feel more loving.
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