Breathing Retraining: From Sick/Victims to Superhumans
Samozdrav: Review of the TFI Samozdrav Breathing Device
TFI Samozdrav (also known as Cosmic Breath or Cosmic
Health) is another Russian breathing device that
has been popular in Russia for about a decade for treatment of hypertension
(high blood pressure). It was patented in Russia in 2000
(see the reference below). The authors of the invention
are Academician Nikolai Alexandrovich
Agadzhanjan, Professor, Former Head of the Department of Normal Physiology
(Peoples' Friendship University, Moscow, Russia), Yury Nikolaevich Mishustin,
and Sergey Fedorovich Levkin.
Academician Nikolai Agadzhanjan worked for Soviet Cosmos (Outer Space Research) and wrote a book titled, "Function of the human organism in conditions of hypoxia and hypercapnia" (in Russian). He was aware of Dr. Buteyko's discoveries. Hence, as was the case with the Frolov breathing device, the Samozdrav was inspired by the legendary Buteyko breathing method.
Due to purely historical reasons, heart disease and hypertension became the
main applications for this respiratory device. The Samozdrav breathing device has a similar
physiological effect as the Buteyko breathing technique and the Frolov
breathing device: intermittent hypercapnic hypoxic training.
Whatever breathing methods, techniques, and
exercises we use, their effects depend on permanent changes in our
automatic or unconscious breathing patterns and improved body-oxygen test
results (see test instructions below).
Hence, if one uses the Samozrdav for
health improvement or sports performance, it is smart to consider one's
lifestyle factors based on Dr. Buteyko's discoveries. Otherwise, lack of nutrients, or insufficient amount of physical exercise
(with nose breathing only), or supine sleep, or mouth breathing can undermine or
halt any progress in breathing retraining. More info about the right lifestyle for higher body
oxygen levels can be found here: Learn the Buteyko Method.
How does the Samozdrav work?
The creators and promoters of the Samozdrav breathing device
provide advanced ideas related to effects of CO2 on blood vessels (vasodilation) and, hence,
improved oxygen transport to all vital organs. Additional effects of CO2 are
Diaphragmatic breathing during
breathing sessions is an additional factor that improves blood oxygenation
since most people are chest breathers. A large amplitude of respiratory movements is an excellent massage of
the abdominal organs and the lymphatic nodes located beneath the diaphragm.
In comparison with the Frolov breathing device training, the creators of
the Samozdrav suggest 4 stages of learning for people with high blood
pressure or hypertension and other health problems. For Level 1, first breathing
sessions are short (e.g.,
5-10 min depending on the health state of the student). Later, during
more advanced levels of learning, more resistance is created by limiting air flow
and by the application of an additional container (e.g., a large 1 Liter
glass jar or a third large plastic container). This makes breathwork even
more challenging, and higher CO2/body-oxygen levels are achieved. However, it is also
possible to use an additional or larger outer container for the Frolov
breathing device or the Amazing DIY
breathing device with the similar effects.
Another difference (in comparison with the Frolov device) is that
the Samozdrav comes with a special bag to measure minute
ventilation at rest (in Liters/min) and calculate approximate alveolar CO2 content. This is an additional
advanced tool to evaluate your breathing.
References (Russian patent of the TFI Samozdrav Breathing Device)
The Device for Creation of Bioactive Respiratory Mixture from Exhaled and
Normal Air, Russian Patent No. 2177334, Application No. 2000125042/14 from October 3,
Warning.Breathing exercises can cause powerful cleansing reactions and can be dangerous for
pregnant women, people with organ transplants, GI problems, and panic attacks, as well as those who take medication
for diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, and other conditions.
Consult your health care provider and follow special guidelines, which can be found
in the Module
Restrictions, limits, and temporary contraindications.