Singing and Playing the Digeridoo - New Treatment for Asthma
An Australian Doctor, Robert Eley, of University of Southern Queensland, has shown that the symptoms of asthma in children may be improved by regularly playing wind instruments. Dr. Eley took a group of Australian Aborigine boys and gave them digeridoo lessons for six months.
He found that their "respiratory function had improved significantly."
This he believes was because of the "deep and circular" breathing required to play the instrument.
Dr Eley found that both boys and girls reported a general improvement in well-being after singing lessons and he suggested that could be a new way to help relieve the symptoms of asthma.
More than five million people in the UK suffer from the condition which currently costs the NHS £950m a year.
The research was published in The Journal of Rural Health.