How to Unblock a Blocked Nose in 1 Min (Breathing Remedy)
Blocked 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 unblock a nose was developed by Russian doctors. Around 200 MDs taught it to hundreds of their patients with blocked noses. Most patients, according to clinical experience of these doctors, could unblock 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 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 relaxed.
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 blocked nose.
If later your breathing becomes heavy, your nose will get blocked again. Then you can repeat this exercise.
The YouTube video on the right side explains the exercise (video duration is about 2 minutes): How to Unblock a Blocked Nose.
How to clear a blocked nose at night 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 blocked 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 causes?
Mouth 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 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.
Related articles and web pages:
How to Tape Mouth at Night or mouth taping technique to prevent mouth breathing during sleep.
Mouth vs. Nose Breathing (Medical review of main physiological effects)
Clear Stuffy Nose in 1-2 Min (Another easy breath-work with permanent solution)
Sinusitis (Cause and proven medical treatment)
Internet Lies About Ideal Sleep Positions (Over 90% of internet resources advice sleeping on one's back)
Sleep Positions (What is the best way to sleep for maximum body oxygenation?)
How to Prevent Sleeping on One's Back (Practical techniques and permanent solutions)
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 reeducation.
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 congestion.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and medical facts:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- 6 breathing myths: Myths and superstitions about breathing and body oxygenation (prevalence: over 90%)
- Hyperventilation: Definitions of hyperventilation: their advantages and weak points
- Hyperventilation syndrome: Western scientific evidence about prevalence of chronic hyperventilation in patients with chronic conditions (37 medical studies)
- Normal minute ventilation: Small and slow breathing at rest is enjoyed by healthy subjects (14 studies)
- Hyperventilation prevalence: Present in over 90% of normal people (24 medical studies)
- HV and hypoxia: How and why deep breathing reduces oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
- Body oxygen in healthy: Results for the body-oxygen test for healthy people (27 medical studies)
- Body oxygen in sick : Results for the body-oxygen test for sick people (14 medical studies)
- Buteyko Table of Health Zones: Clinical description and ranges for breathing zones: from the critically ill (severely sick) up to super healthy people with maximum possible body oxygenation
- Morning hyperventilation: Why people feel worse and critically ill people are most likely to die during early morning hours
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in tissues
- Cell oxygen levels: How alveolar CO2 influences oxygen transport
- Oxygen transport: O2 transport is controlled by vasoconstriction-vasodilation and the Bohr effects, both of which rely on CO2
- Free radical generation: Reactive oxygen species are produced within cells due to anaerobic cell respiration caused by cell hypoxia
- Inflammatory response: Chronic inflammation in fueled by the hypoxia-inducible factor 1, while normal breathing reduces and eliminates inflammation
- Nerve stabilization: People remain calm due to calmative or sedative effects of carbon dioxide in neurons or nerve cells
- Muscle relaxation: Relaxation of muscle cells is normal at high CO2, while hypocapnia causes muscular tension, poor posture and, sometimes, aggression and violence
- Bronchodilation: Dilation of airways (bronchi and bronchioles) is caused by carbon dioxide, and their constriction by hypocapnia (low CO2)
- Blood pH: Regulation of blood pH due to breathing and regulation of other bodily fluids
- CO2: lung damage: Elevated carbon dioxide prevents lung injury and promotes healing of lung tissues
- CO2: Topical carbon dioxide can heal skin and tissues
- Synthesis of glutamine in the brain, CO2 fixation, and other chemical reactions
- Deep breathing myth: Ignorant and naive people promote the idea that deep breathing and breathing more air at rest is beneficial for health
- Breathing control: How is our breathing regulated? Why hypocapnia makes breathing uneven, irregular and erratic.
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