Effects of Breathing Exercises on Blood Clots (Thrombus)
Learning the Buteyko method by modules
Module 8-A. Restrictions, side effects, limits, and temporary contraindications
Easy and slow breathing with high body O2 levels (over 40 seconds, as medical textbooks suggest) naturally prevents formation of thrombus (blood clots). This is a great preventive value of normal breathing. Breathing retraining dilates blood arteries and arterioles since CO2 is the most potent known vasodilator. Therefore, it makes perfusion (or blood flow) to all organs easier. In addition, breathing retraining is able to reduce blood viscosity. All these and other factors explain why high body oxygenation naturally treats thrombus making blood less clotted.
However, this great natural remedy for blood clotting can be abused by overdoing the right thing. How?
Too sudden increases in CO2 levels due to maximum pauses or too intensive Buteyko reduced breathing exercises increase blood flow possibly. This can cause problems for people with blood clots. Reduced breathing dilates arteries and arterioles and makes blood thinner so that existing blood clots can get gradually dissolved, but it could also get loose and travel via the blood. The released clot may block blood flow through the artery leading to the brain or heart muscle and cause death. Therefore, there are obvious benefits to dissolve the blood clot naturally, but one needs to be cautious.
A person with a blood clot will benefit from avoiding maximum pauses, extended pauses, control pauses and other breath holds that cause sudden dilation of arteries and arterioles. Breathing exercises (the Buteyko technique, the Frolov and DIY devices, and so forth) should be short and weekly CP (control pause or body oxygen level) growth should be limited to X seconds only (more details are below). It is better in such cases to focus on defensive measures in relation to breathing retraining (prevention of CP drops due to sleep, mouth breathing, slouching, overheating, and so on). These defensive activities prevent periods of hyperventilation that make blood thicker and the clot larger.
Blood clots and lifestyle
There are two specific suggestions that are especially important for people with thrombus in order to reduce their blood viscosity (i.e., make blood thinner) and reduce clotting. These 2 suggestions and the number X (how fast they can progress in breathing retraining in order to prevent stroke and other complications) are provided right below here as your bonus content.
Other beneficial lifestyle changes are right changes in relation to sleep hygiene and good diet. In particular, a raw vegetarian diet and natural enzymes or supplements can be great assisting factors to dissolve the blood clot naturally.
Later, when the clot is dissolved or removed, the person can follow the common program of breathing retraining adjusted to their new health state. Depending on diet and CP fluctuations, the natural process of blood clot dissolving takes place between 20 and 35 seconds. The same CP numbers are generally necessary to prevent appearance of blood clots naturally.
- This page in Spanish: Efectos de los ejercicios de respiración en la formación de coágulos.
- Vasodilation: Clinical studies and facts
- Heart disease: Overview of causes and treatment
- CO2, blood pH, and respiratory alkalosis
- Best vasodilators are natural substances: CO2 and NO (nitric oxide)
- Heart disease causes.
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