Health, Wellness and the Drum

Drumming has shown to increase the activity of the cancer killing natural immune cells. (click on the big pic to read more) Numerous scientific studies have shown the positive effects that Group Drumming can have on the body. One of the most widely cited is the study, “Composite Effects of Group Drumming Music Therapy on Modulation of Neuroendocrine-Immune Parameters in Normal Subjects” (Bittman et al, 2001)  Their findings are, “Group Drumming resulted in increased dehydroepiandrosterone-to-cortisol ratios, increased natural killer cell activity and increased lymphokine-activated killer cell activity without alteration in plasma interluekin 2 or interferon gamma, or in the Beck Anxiety Inventory and the Beck Depression Inventory II.” By now I’m sure your head is spinning and your eyes are crossing. Luckily, for all of us, Dr. Barry Bittman can explain it as, “Group Drumming tunes our biology, orchestrates our immunity and enables healing to begin”