Does the Frolov Device Encourage Mouth Breathing?
Q: Dr. Buteyko stresses using only the nose for both inhalation and
exhalation and yet the Frolov device involves breathing in and out through the
A: Furthermore, Dr. Buteyko, as a physiologist, even provided an indirect but
absolutely logical answer to this question.
"And finally one should not confuse the following concepts: we are
speaking about breathing, which goes on day and night, about our basal
breathing, foundation of life. Meanwhile, the system of yogi has
separate breathing exercises. Therefore, it is practically unimportant
for us how and what you do: feet upwards or downwards, through the
right or left nostril, or by right or left side. We are interested in
where you will arrive as a result of these exercises. If carbon dioxide
increases, and breathing decreases, with each day, then this will
ensure the transition of man into a super-endurance state."
Dr. Buteyko Lecture in the Moscow State
Now my questions are following. What is going on with carbon
dioxide in the lungs during Frolov breathing device exercises? Are you going to
breathe less or more after the breathing session?
We again can find out the answer in these Dr. Buteyko quotes:
Next is about physical activity, labor, and sports. Here again the fact
that in our press and everywhere else, there are people who are illiterate
in physiology. They have imposed upon us a thought, and again contrary to
the truth, that physical activity, sport and labor deepen our breathing.
This is quite the opposite! It is wrong to consider any function
bureaucratically, as a fact detached from life. After all, breathing
is done to ensure metabolism.
Therefore, breathing must be considered in parallel with metabolism. It
turns out that physical labor, sports, and workouts increase metabolism,
i.e., they increase production of carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide
increases, during exercise, in the blood, while oxygen is reduced. This is
what physical exercise does.
Because carbon dioxide [production] increases. Additional CO2 stimulates
the respiratory center and intensifies breathing. How much? Well, only to
the extent that would not further increase carbon dioxide. Thus, the more
intensity, the more carbon dioxide in the blood, and the greater the
irritation of the respiratory center and deeper breathing. But it is deeper
only formally! And if we take into account our initial assumptions from the
beginning, then carbon dioxide in the blood increases, oxygen decreases, and
breathing becomes shallow, not deep. It decreased in relation to the
metabolism. Here's the reason why exertion and sport are useful: they
increase carbon dioxide, the foundation of life, in the body. This is why
sport, exertion, and physical labor are useful.
During prolonged intensive exercise, the receptors which control breathing,
adapt to increased CO2. If the person regularly works and toils, then he
practically follows our method: he is decreasing his breathing using
exercise. Dr. Buteyko Lecture
in the Moscow State University (1969)
I can ask more questions so
that it is easier to see the truth. During intensive exercise you breathe
heavily, typically up to 10-15 times more air per minute than at rest. Do you
similarly breathe heavily after physical activity or does physical activity helps
you to breathe easier later, especially during the next night sleep? Are we mechanical
or biochemical machines in terms of regulation of breathing or respiration
control? If you decrease your breathing using the Frolov device, do you
practically follow the Buteyko method or your breathing becomes heavier?
Now, we can approach the main question "Does the Frolov Device Encourage Mouth Breathing?"
from the body oxygen level viewpoint. The
CP after breathing exercises with the Frolov device gets higher, while there
is a following link between the body-oxygen content and chances of mouth
Relationships between body oxygen
level and chances of open mouth
||Chance of mouth breathing,
especially during sleep
|Less than 10 s
Finally, it is a common situation that, if a student, who has a
completely blocked nose, uses the Frolov device, he will have good nose breathing
immediately after the session. If several clinical trials have found that
the Frolov device therapy improves health of asthmatics and mouth breathing,
as it is well known, worsens the airways inflammation and the symptoms of asthma,
how could the Frolov device encourage mouth breathing?
Related links and web pages (Frolov breathing device):
- Frolov breathing device - Overview
- Frolov device history
- Frolov device: How does it work
- Frolov device effects
- Acute asthma
exacerbations clinical trial
- COPD breathing exercises
- Buy Frolov breathing device
with 30 min online support from Dr. Artour Rakhimov
- How to Use Frolov Device (Instructions)
- Breathslim and Samozdrav - Prototypes of the Frolov breathing device.
1998 USA Frolov Device Patent - USA Patent No. 5,755,640 from May 26,
of Safety and Effectiveness - Frolov Respiration Training Device,
Case #K992256, Office for Device Evaluation, Center for Devices and
Radiological Health, FDA, January 11, 2000.
The main Frolov-device page provides interesting facts about the Frolov device and its popularity in Russia.
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