Causes of poor circulation: increase blood flow naturally – Interview with Dr. Artour Rakhimov


In this video, Dr. Artour Rakhimov addresses the question, “What are the causes of poor circulation and how to treat it?”. Reduced blood flow or poor perfusion is a common experience for beginner breathing students. It is also common for poor circulation to be experienced in various organs. When people have problems with specific organs, doctors prescribe medical drugs to improve blood flow to these organs. For example, the kidneys, brain, liver and lungs are some of the organs that can experience poor circulation.

This NormalBreathing page provides details about causes and treatment for problems related to reduced perfusion . The Spanish version of this page is “Circulación deficiente: causas y síntomas” .

Thousands of top medical scientists are looking for a solution to this problem. The most potent vasodilator that dilates arteries and arterioles is carbon dioxide or CO2. This is the gas that we exhale. For clinical studies related to carbon dioxide and vasodilation, see and its Spanish translation “Vasodilatación y Vasoconstricción: La verdadera historia” .

Do people with problems such as diabetes and cancer have a reduced level of CO2 in their arterial blood? There are more than 30 studies on which measured ventilation for people with chronic diseases. All these studies testified that people with chronic diseases breath 2 to 3 times more than the medical norm. Also, 20 historical graphs show how breathing in the normal population has changed during the last one hundred years. Previously, people use to breath 4 to 5 litres per minute. This is a very small amount that would provide higher oxygen levels because of higher CO2 levels. When people have easy and quiet breathing their level of CO2 is high. Therefore, their blood vessels are expanded and they have better circulation to all of their vital organs and extremities. In contrast, modern people mostly hyperventilate. Additionally, most people believe that if you breathe more you will get more oxygen but the opposite is true. When we hyperventilate, we get reduced oxygen to all our vital organs. There are numerous such studies on the spleen, colon and many other organs. This information can be found on and in Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s books.

The answer to improving poor circulation relates to breathing retraining. People slow down their breathing with breathing exercises and physical exercises using only nasal breathing. Also, lifestyle changes and sleep factors are used. The body-oxygen test (CP test) is utilized and it correlates to circulation levels. Someone with poor circulation will have a small number of only 10 to 15 seconds on the test. When people practice breathing retraining, they will get up to 20 to 25 seconds and there is a dramatic increase of circulation to the vital organs. Afterwards, when students get 30 to 40 seconds, there are tissue changes that will dramatically improve whatever health condition people experience.

The next very powerful substance that the human body produces is nitric oxide or NO. It is one of the most researched topics because it is a powerful hormone. Nitric oxide a very strong vasodilator probably second to carbon dioxide. We produce nitric oxide in our sinuses and we inhale it into our lungs. This makes it very beneficial to breathe through our nose. More about strongest vasodilators is here “Vasodilator Definition and Most Potent Vasodilators: CO2 and NO (nitric oxide)” . The Spanish translation of this NormalBreathing page is “Definición de vasodilatador y los más potentes vasodilatadores: CO2 y NO” .

People notice that if they switch to mouth breathing there are lots of negative effects. While reduced breathing and making sure you breathe with your nose (even at night) has lots of positive effects. Other useful elements such as diaphragmatic breathing and lifestyle changes are written about on They are also discussed on Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s Youtube channel.

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The video features Chris Prokop who interviewed Dr. Artour Rakhimov, health educator, writer, breathing teacher and trainer, and the author of the website

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