Definition/Causes of sighs and its treatment – Interview with Dr. Artour Rakhimov


Breathing exercises and breath retraining are to get rid of and treat causes of sighing. These same breathing exercises are helpful for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, COPD, HIV-AIDS, cancer, asthma and other health issues. In this video, Dr. Artour Rakhimov addresses the question, “What are the causes of sighing and how to treat it?”. The medical definition of sighing is exhaling 1.5 to 2 times more than the usual tidal volume. Tidal volume is the amount of air we inhale and then exhale. When people sigh they take a larger than usual inhale and exhale about the same amount.

There is a strong correlation between people that suffer from health problems and people that sigh frequently. Sighing according to Soviet doctors relates to the desire of the lungs to stretch. Organs stretch to prevent an accumulation of toxins. They require maximum expansion and contraction in order to have good health. In a way, sighing is a positive reaction if you view it only from this point of view. From Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s experience sighing mostly occurs for people that very little physical exercise. Individuals that are in hospitals and that require lots of attention frequently sigh to maintain stretching of their lungs.

Here is a web page from the NormalBreathing site about “The Sigh and Meaning of Sighing: Dysregulation of Breathing” . The same page is availabel in Spanish “Suspiros y su significado: Desregulación Respiratoria” .

When we exercise our metabolism speeds up and we use 8 to 10 times more energy. Also, we generate more CO2 and we require more oxygen. Our breathing is increased by about 10 times. All these parameters increase together. When we increase our ventilation rate per minute, it is increased by about 10 times. The medical norm of ventilation is 6 liters per minute. So light physical exercise will increase this to about 60 liters per minute. This is a significantly large amount. Physical exercise is a healthy way to provide stretching to the lungs. Also, engaging in physical exercise with 100% nasal breathing is the safest and most beneficial way to exercise. In modern times there has been a switch to people exercising with mouth breathing because overall most people hyperventilate. On historical changes of breathing are displayed.

Sighing is a symptom that reflects too low amounts of physical exercise. Dr. Buteyko in Russia observed that healthy people needed about 4 to 5 hours of moderate exercise or 2 to 2 and a half hours of more intensive exercise daily. These physical requirements were to maintain an already good state of health. While people that are sick can not engage in these levels of exercise. When sick people have 10 seconds for the body-oxygen test(CP), they should engage in walking. Walking for hours per day with a 100% nasal breathing would be very beneficial for them.

When Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s students get 20 seconds or higher on the CP test, they can start running with 100 % nasal breathing. This activity would lead to even better body oxygen results and prevent sighing. Sighing can be eliminated naturally with physical exercise. Some students that had COPD, asthma and other respiratory disorders were not able to use all parts of their lungs. These people can not even walk and instead they should use breathing devices. For example, the Frolov device and the DIY device (Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s invention) can be used until they reach higher CP levels. Then the sick patients should engage in physical exercise for greater benefits.

The YouTube URL of this video is: /.

The video features Dr. Artour Rakhimov, health educator, writer, breathing teacher and trainer, and the author of the website Dr. Artour was interviewed by Chris Prokop who also created this YouTube description.

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