How to Unblock a Stuffy Nose in 1 Min (Breathing Remedy)
nose and mouth breathing are classical signs of hyperventilation (see the image
with effects of overbreathing on brain oxygenation). This simple
breathing exercise (the most natural remedy) to clear a stuffy nose was developed by Russian
doctors. Around 200 MDs taught it to hundreds of their patients with stuffed
noses. Most patients, according to clinical experience of these doctors, could get rid of the
blocked nose naturally and resume their nasal breathing in about one-two minutes. This remedy also works for people with chronic nose problem
and symptoms of fatigue. This exercise to clear nasal congestion can be applied
at night as well.
Remedy: How to clear a blocked nose
Pinch your congested nose and walk fast with your blocked nose pinched and
your mouth closed all the time. You likely will be able to make around
20-30 steps. While walking, you should hold your breath until a strong
urge to breathe. Then sit down with your spine totally straight and
focus on your breath. After you release your nose, resume your usual
breathing (not with deep breaths) and keep the mouth closed. Hence, instead of
taking a big inhalation, take a smaller inhale and then relax all
muscles for exhalation, especially the upper chest and other respiratory
muscles. Take another (smaller) inhale and again relax. With each
inhalation, practice this reduced or shallow breathing while remaining
Your purpose is to maintain air hunger for about 2-3 min with
total relaxation of body muscles. The breathing can be frequent during
this reduced breathing or shallow breathing, but this is OK.
The success rate is over 90%. The results are better if a person is able
to have diaphragmatic breathing during this exercise while trying to clear a
If later your breathing becomes heavy, your nose will get blocked
again. Then you can repeat this exercise.
How to get rid of a stuffy nose at night naturally (home remedy)
Lie on your left side or chest and relax all bodily muscles. Pinch
your nose and follow the above instructions related to breath holding
and reduced breathing so that to get a quick relief. If your nose gets
blocked again and again, you should increase your body-oxygen levels up to 20 seconds
(a permanent remedy).
Breathing patterns and congested nose (sinusitis)
Our automatic breath pattern has powerful effects on cell
oxygenation and blood supply to all tissues. As soon as breathing becomes little
deeper or faster, oxygen delivery to body cells decreases. What are the possible
breathing negatively affects hundreds of physiological processes and reactions in
the human body. Sleeping on one's back makes breathing almost 2 times
bigger (in terms of minute ventilation), reducing body oxygenation and
leading to mouth breathing, sleep apnea, snoring, anxiety, panic attacks,
headaches, cramps, and other problems.
If you retrain your automatic breath pattern so that after your
usual exhalation you can easily hold your breath for 25 or more seconds (no
stress at all) 24/7, your problems with sinusitis or rhinitis (blocked
nose) will disappear and you will not need to unblock the nose again.
Hence, the ultimate natural home remedy to the problem with a blocked nose is to acquire
normal breathing parameters 24/7 so as to maintain good body-oxygenation all
the time. Thus, breathing retraining is necessary. More info about breathing-retraining methods and techniques is provided on web pages of this website.
Bartley James, Nasal congestion and hyperventilation syndrome,
American Journal of Rhinology, 2005 Nov-Dec; vol 19(6): p. 607-11.
Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand.
BACKGROUND: This article evaluates the prevalence of
hyperventilation syndrome (HVS) in patients who continue to complain of
ongoing nasal congestion, despite an apparently adequate surgical
result and appropriate medical management.
METHODS: Prospective case series of 14 patients from June 2002 to
October 2003 was performed. Patients, who presented complaining of
nasal congestion after previous nasal surgery and who appeared to have
an adequate nasal airway with no evidence of nasal valve collapse, were
evaluated for HVS. When appropriate, nasal steroids and oral
antihistamines also had been tested without success. Three patients had
end-tidal P(CO2) levels measured and five patients underwent breathing
RESULTS: All patients had an elevated respiratory rate (>18
breaths/minute) with an upper thoracic breathing pattern.
Twelve of the 14 patients complaining of nasal obstruction had an
elevated Nijmegen score indicative of HVS. An average number of 2.5
procedures had been performed on each patient. End-tidal P(CO2) levels
were < or = 35 mmHg in the three patients who had expired P(CO2)
levels measured. Breathing retraining was successful in correcting the
nasal congestion in two of five patients.
CONCLUSION: HVS should be included in the differential diagnosis of
patients presenting with nasal congestion, particularly after failed
nasal surgery. One possible explanation is increased nasal resistance
secondary to low arterial P(CO2) levels. Another possible explanation
is reduced alae nasae muscle activity secondary to the reduced activity
of serotonin-containing raphe neurons. Additional surgery may
not necessarily be the answer in HVS patients complaining of nasal
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