Look at this picture, peeps. See, I'm not just a stupendous example of a cat, I am also a healer.
I'm not a bit surprised that I have healing powers. I can feel the healing spirit from the top of my head to the tip of my paws.
However, I sense my old man is not totally convinced. As I lay across his face and purred loudly in his ear, just in case he had some medical problem, he mumbled something like, "Help, get off me,Toffee, I can't breathe!" He's such a fusspot.
Henceforth, I wish to be known as Doctor Toffee.
If you want the scientific explanation, here it is. (My blog is not only entertaining, it is educational and informative too.)
For centuries, healers have used the power of sound in their work. It is believed that certain frequencies or tones of sound can have varying healing effects on the body. Here are some of the ways that purrs might help humans with health concerns:
- Purring releases endorphins in cats, and it can do the same thing in humans, too. Lowered stress hormones are helpful for healing, lowering blood pressure, and helping people cope with illness, too.
- Cat purring has been shown to fall between 25 and 140 Hz. The same frequency has been shown to aid in the healing of broken bones, joint and tendon repair, and wound healing. Cats are well-known for their ability to heal quickly from their own broken bones, and the incidences of joint problems and bone cancer in cats are low. It's possible that cat purrs can help humans heal faster, too.
- Clinical observations of cats that are suffering from upper respiratory conditions resulting in dyspnea, or trouble breathing, indicate that purring helps the cat breathe more easily. In fact, respiratory distress related to heart disease isn't nearly as common in cats as it is in dogs and humans. A person with respiratory problems might also be able to breathe easier if a purring cat is nearby.
- There are many stories of people with migraines whose headaches are eased or extinguished when they lie with their heads close to purring cats.
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Well, I've finally done it. I have written my no-holds-barred exposé of my life. Prepare to be AMAZED, prepare to be SHOCKED, prepare to be ENTHRALLED.