This seems to a joke if we tell that “Clapping hands makes you healthier”, but believe it or not, this is more than a funny joke. The confirmed benefits of clapping were proven through several studies, and while more research is expected on the matter, we can tell already, yes, it can really make you healthier.
The sound of two hands clapping is much more than early morning music, and it is much more that a trivial gesture, developed through the humankind evolution as encouraging sign of other people achievements.
We clap our hands when we cheer or encourage someone.
We also clap when we are happy and excited.
Many people also clap while singing.
Clapping hands is fun.
This is why many children like clapping.
So, let’s see in more details on how clapping is not just fun, but also helps to strengthen our health.
Science on Clapping
According to several well established healing modalities (acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, and various adaptations of the above), the hands and palms have numerous reflex points that, when stimulated, engage the body’s healing response and prompt a gradual (sometimes near immediate) improvement in any type of ailment.
A different way to look at this is to consider that:
We have receptors in the hands that are connected to sensory fields in the brain, as shown by the cortical homunculus model (our neurological “map” – see below.) Clapping activates these hands receptors (or more if you use your hands to clap on other body parts), which in turn activate a fair portion of the brain, which itself leads to the activation of various body systems and their associated healing response in ways that are experientially evident but that we still need to better understand.
Clapping stimulates blood circulation, the lifeline of the human body, and this helps with literally everything.
Crushing chronic illness with clapping
K.C. Bhardwaj is a 76-year-old man from India who says that hands clapping cured completely his glaucoma at advanced level of disease:
“Over a decade back I was looking for a miracle cure to glaucoma. I had started lose vision in both eyes. I did not have the courage to undergo surgery. It was then I heard at a ‘satsang’ that clapping could cure diseases and that was why devotees clapped while reciting kirtans.”
Clapping stimulates blood circulation and removes all obstructions in the veins and arteries, including bad cholesterol. Bhardwaj claims that even the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed it as best exercise. “I regained my vision in about a year just by clapping for about half an hour every morning,” he reveals.
Explaining the method, he said before clapping one should apply coconut or mustard oil on the palms so that it was absorbed by the body. Wear socks and leather shoes to check leakage of energy waves generated in the body. Strike both hands against each other, right to left, keeping them straight facing each other and the arms a little loose. Fingertips and the palm of each hand should strike each other, advises Bhardwaj.
Initially, he says, clap 200 to 300 times the first day and increase the speed from 50 to 100 claps a minute and duration to about 20 minutes. A healthy person, who wants to keep fit, should clap 1,500 times a day.
Telling about the benefits of clapping, Bhardwaj claims the problems that would vanish over a period of time. Life threatening heart conditions, hypertension, and diabetes, depression, asthma, common cold, and arthritis, headaches, insomnia and hair loss could be cured by clapping, he says.
Clap your hands for brain power
Apparently hand-clapping rhymes and songs are actually linked to cognitive skills. Research by Dr. Idit Sulkin, of the Ben-Gurion University Music Science Lab, found that young children who naturally play hand-clapping games are better spellers, have neater handwriting, and better overall writing skills.
Intrigued, she conducted further research. For ten weeks she engaged groups of children, ages 6 to 10, in a program of either music appreciation or hand-clapping. Very quickly the children’s cognitive abilities improved, but only those taking part in hand-clapping songs.
She also interviewed teachers and joined in when children sang in their classrooms. She was trying to understand why they tend to enjoy hand-clapping songs until a certain age, when other activities such as sports become dominant. Dr. Sulkin observed, “These activities serve as a developmental platform to enhance children’s needs — emotional, sociological, physiological, and cognitive. It’s a transition stage that leads them to the next phases of growing up.”
Interestingly, Dr. Sulkin also found that hand-clapping songs also benefit adults. When adults engage in these games from childhood they report feeling less tense and their mood improves. They also become more focused and alert.
Here are some general benefits of hand clapping you may expect to noticed if you decide to add this simple and effective exercise to your daily routine:
* Clapping is an effective medicine for people who suffers from digestive disorders, and sort of bowel issues, heart burning or high acidity.
* Gout and Arthritis symptoms, commonly associated with older people, can be significantly reduced with hands clapping activities, if used as regular fitness routine.
* Clapping hands will help you lot to get relief from heart diseases, and health issues, associated with asthma. Clapping helps to improve the nerves operational performance, enhancing connections with heart, liver, lungs, and other vital internal organs.
* Clapping stimulates blood circulation and removes all obstructions in the veins and arteries, including bad cholesterol.
* It boosts your immunity because it strengthens the white blood cells in your body; these protect your body from any kind of illness.
* As noticed earlier, clapping might assist in better brain development, and allows old people to preserve their cognitive functions for long. It also helps improving life skills in small children and boosting their academic performance.
* While engaged in the clapping activities, you also improve your mood, reduce accumulated stress, and promote deep relaxation.
* Clapping might help also for headaches, insomnia, and even hair loss.
When you perform the exercise, first clap your hands lightly, and gradually increase the strength.
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