How to Stop or Prevent Seizures in 2-3 Min (Breathing)
Leading Soviet Physiologist Doctor KP Buteyko, MD, PhD and over 180 of his medical colleagues developed and applied
this breathing exercise to stop and prevent seizures naturally on hundreds of epileptics in the Russia and the USSR. This was possible because over 180 MDs, Dr. Buteyko's pupils, used the
Buteyko medical breathing technique to treat various types of partial and simple seizures.
A seizure can develop within seconds and, therefore, speed is crucial for success.
Fortunately, the affected person often knows and is able to predict an
upcoming absence seizure or complex seizure due to some signs and symptoms (e.g.,
overheating, low or high blood sugar due to meals, strong
emotions, flashing lights, stress, etc.). As a result, the person is able to
apply this breathing exercise in order to control their respiration
and thereby prevent the usual development of events so as to stop the
Many western doctors also reported that their patients could stop or reduce
the severity or duration of seizures with either CO2 or better breathing
control (for abstracts see the links below). Furthermore, breathing
normalization provides a guarantee that one will prevent all types of
seizures at all.
This breathing exercise isn't an alternative for one's medication or any
other medically supervised therapy. It should only be practiced as a
supplementary approach to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Consult with your medical doctor for more
Practical actions (how to prevent or stop a seizure naturally)
Start this exercise as soon as you anticipate or feel that something
problematic or symptomatic is going on with your body and/or mind. Be aware
that fear and anxiety
often trigger ineffective respiratory pattern. At these times breathing usually becomes deeper,
faster and more irregular. These are symptoms of overbreathing or
Your goal is to do the opposite - to breathe less, not more. How? Relax in a
comfortable armchair, if possible. Breathe regularly and only through the nose, but only while taking
small or short inhalations using the diaphragm, instead of taking your large and
using the chest muscles.
In order to exhale just relax the diaphragm and count for about 3 seconds for each exhale. You have to breathe
regularly all the time during this exercise.
Due to this shallow or "reduced breathing" exercise, you should feel "air
hunger" or desire to breathe more. This air hunger should appear in 10-20 seconds after you
start the exercise. Maintaining this air hunger increases carbon dioxide in
your blood and brain. Extra CO2 will calm down your overexcited nerve cells and
increase their threshold of excitability, restoring it closer to normal
numbers. CO2 will also improve blood supply for the brain. Improved blood
supply to the brain will raise oxygen and glucose transport, which are also
crucial for its normal work. This is the physiological mechanism and cause of success for
Additional factors for success (stop and prevent seizures)
Epileptics are chest breathers.
This significantly decreases oxygenation
of the brain. How? The lower parts of the lungs do not get fresh air.
Hence, any time you breathe using your chest, your drastically increase
chances and severity of seizures. Consequently,
the success rate for this exercise is much higher if you can employ your
diaphragm or abdomen for your inhalations, instead of chest -
Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing.
Mouth breathing is another factor that worsens symptoms of seizures and can lead to more
severe types of seizures. Therefore, you should take actions to ensure that
you have nasal breathing
24/7 (including sleep, physical exercise, and speaking). This will help
present seizures and stop them long before you get any signs of seizures. Use this Manual
to get rid of your mouth breathing "How
to maintain nasal breathing 24/7".
How to prevent seizures during night sleep
Some epileptics have seizures during the night without even being aware about
them when waking up in the morning. There are, on the other hand, special
techniques how to stop seizures during sleep too. The crucial factors
- nasal breathing
only during sleep (learn and apply mouth taping technique, if your mouth is
sometimes dry when you wake up in the morning),
- prevention of
sleeping on back
- normal heat exchange
(do not use too warm blankets or clothes while sleeping)
- high body oxygen level when you
go to sleep (hence, do not eat just before sleep; if you have to, sleep in a
sitting position in an armchair)
More details about prevention of seizures during sleep are in the article "
to Prevent Seizures During Sleep".
While this exercise provides only a solution for some types of seizures (how to
stop them quickly and naturally), the main goal of the Buteyko breathing method
is to normalize one's breathing pattern or to breathe in accordance with the
medical norm so as to prevent all types of seizures
and achieve clinical remission of epilepsy.
This program is explained in Treatment of
Seizures Program (90% Success Rate). Once you have more than 30 seconds for
the body-oxygen test 24/7, you will be free from all types of
Electrical grounding of the body to the Earth (called Earthing) is an
independent factor in prevention of seizures. It has a profound effect on
normalization of nerve function and can prevent many times of seizures
(including sleep seizures). See Earthing webpage
for more detail.
Medical research (over 20 references) related to brain CO2 and O2 levels, breathing, hyperventilation,
and treatment of seizures with CO2 and breathing techniques is summarized on these pages:
* Seizure Threshold Controlled by
Breathing Pattern and Blood Gases
* The Cause of Seizures: Abnormal
Breathing Leading to Low CO2 and O2 tension in the Brain
* Medical Studies Treated Seizures with CO2 or 100% naturally
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