Breathing exercises help people with COPD, cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, and emphysema to repair lung tissues and airways and improve their FEVR, FLV and other lung function test results. Even after acute COPD exacerbations, their recovery is much faster with doing reduced breathing exercises and exercises that increase CO2 levels in the lungs (not arterial blood and not for more hypercapnia – see details below).
In this video, Dr. Artour Rakhimov addresses the question, “How can people with COPD improve lung function and blood oxygen saturation?”. People that have COPD include individuals with emphysema and severe asthma. People with COPD are chronic chest breathers that do not use the full volume of their lungs. COPD can be a result of an accumulation of mucus in the lungs. The problem is that the alveoli of the lungs become clogged with mucus. Even whole branches and bronchial tubes can become filled with mucus and phlegm.
A drastic way individuals with COPD suffer is by not being able to engage in physical exercise. They become breathless during exercise because they can not extract oxygen from the air. Dr. Buteyko from the Soviet Union had COPD patients practice breathing retraining for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Just from this limited practice, their blood oxygen improved. Here is more about breathing exercises for COPD: http://www.normalbreathing.com/copd-breathing-exercises.php .
Arterial hypercapnia and ventilation-perfusion mismatch in COPD
People with COPD have a high a level of CO2 in their blood, but a low oxygen level. This is due to an oxygen exchange that does not occur efficiently. When they start to slow down, their breathing closer to the medical norm their CO2 increases. CO2 is a powerful vasodilator by relaxing the smooth muscles of the human body. When smooth muscles relax, this allows a better flow of oxygen to deeper parts of the lungs. As a result, people with COPD that took part in a reduced breathing exercise have their blood oxygen saturation improve. A larger amount of the lungs is able to engage in gas exchange. Additionally, high CO2 levels in the lungs start to reduce and oxygen levels start to improve.
Individuals with COPD will greatly benefit if they devote 1 to 2 hours a day for breathing exercises. Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s students with respiratory disorders have used breathing devices, such as the Frolov device and the DIY device with success. Here are great results of a clinical trial for COPD: http://www.normalbreathing.com/acute-copd-exacerbation-trial1.php – this study was conducted in Russia using the Frolov breathing device.
Individuals with COPD should strive for the long term goal of slowing down their breathing and to improve their results on the body oxygen test. The body oxygen test has a very strong correlation to their blood oxygenation. The oxygen test or control pause test is one of the foundational parts of the Buteyko Method.
Dr. Artour Rakhimov spoke with Dr. Andrey Novozshilov, the chief doctor of the Buteyko clinic in Moscow. People would come to the clinic in seriously drastic conditions carrying oxygen tanks with them. Often in 2–3 months most of these people with COPD were able to walk 5 to 10 kilometres and some would even start to jog. When people with COPD achieve the same level, as the medical norm or even lower on the body oxygen test they improve their lung functioning. If doctors take X-rays or other tests of COPD patients, after a Buteyko breathing course and complete clinical remission, the doctors will not be able to notice any problems. People with COPD will be able to function just like any other healthy person. They will also be able to engage in physical exercise, their sleep quality significantly improves and they have many more benefits, solely from breathing retraining.
Dr. Artour Rakhimov has Skype classes for new students and students that are already practicing breathing retraining. The classes can significantly better your health and body oxygen level. Students are at an advantage if they have been practicing with the Frolov or DIY device. Also, it helps when students have been reading the vast amount of free information on the modules section at Normalbreathing.com.
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The video features Dr. Artour Rakhimov, health educator, bestselling Amazon author and writer, breathing teacher and trainer, and the creator/author of the website http://www.NormalBreathing.com.
The interview wass conducted by Chris Prokop who also produced the original version of the YouTube description for this video.