Cleansing Reaction and Body Detox (Buteyko Breathing Technique)
Guide for Training, By K.P. Buteyko
[Translation of Small Buteyko Manual] Voskresensk, 1994
This page provides a translated part of the Buteyko manual about the cleansing reaction or sanogenesis reaction known as body detox. The main page related to natural body detox is located here: cleansing the body naturally.
IX. CLEARANCE REACTION (SANOGENESIS)
1. Physiological Grounds for Clearance Reaction
Deep respiration interferes with metabolic processes in cells,
causes oxygen starvation, eliminates vital substances from the body
(sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus) to compensate internal
alkaline shifts, distorts immune reactions and results in the
accumulation of incompletely oxidized products and substances which
come into contact with incoming protein allergens and can provoke
Deep respiration impairs the functioning of kidneys, liver,
intestines and other organs. As a result, a large amount of metabolites
is accumulated in the organism, i.e. incompletely oxidized products,
waste salts, residual drugs, toxins which cause focal infections,
elevate the blood cholesterol and enhance calcium and phosphorus
depositions in joints and blood vessels etc.
With the liquidation of deep respiration the metabolic
processes become normal improving the excretory functions and clearing
the body of harmful products. In addition, the vascular and muscle
tones also become normal, but in the course of recovery all these
manifestations can resemble the disease symptoms.
Since the symptoms of deep-respiration diseases (bronchial
asthma etc.) have never been eliminated completely earlier, then nobody
could observe the above clearance reaction prior to the VCDB method [=
Buteyko method] development. Nevertheless, this reaction is often
observed in a greater part of patients after application of the VCDB
method. Such reactions are not permanent and can occur irregularly, in
cycles, depending on carbon dioxide levels reached as the result of
elimination of CO2 deficiency and its normalization, and do not depend
on the training duration. Thus the organism is accumulating power for
the excretion of all harmful substances formed in the course of disease
and the preceding courses of treatment.
We have discovered the four main levels of a clearance
reaction corresponding to 4, 4.5 5.5 and 6.5 percent of CO2 content in
alveolar air, the latter being in conformity with a control interval
which is equal to 10, 20, 40 and 60 s, respectively.
Generally speaking, the clearance reactions resemble the
disease reverse development (like a film rewinding). The symptoms which
appear first, at the very beginning of a disease, disappear in the last
2. Precursors of a Clearance Reaction
The precursors of a clearance reaction are as follows:
• growth of CO2 content in the organism (increase in a control interval
and its approximation to corresponding or a greater level);
• nervous excitation;
• superficial sleep or sleeplessness;
• body temperature of 39.4 C especially in pulmonary patients;
• pains in muscles, joints, intestines and other organs which have been
damaged by the deep respiration disease;
• recurrence of slightly changed old symptoms.
Before the clearance reaction occurs, the control interval
becomes longer and then during the reaction period it is sharply
3. Basic Manifestations of Clearance Reaction
A clearance reaction is often accompanied by excessive
salivation, eyewatering, sweating, nasal cold, sputum, pus in nasal
passages, vomiting, diarrhea, frequent urinations (of red or dark-brown
colour), dysmenorrhea, scaling, hair bulbs atrophy and loss of hair.
All excretions can contain blood admixtures and have a smell of drugs
Reactions last from several hours to several weeks, but more
frequently they cease in 1-2 days. The heavier the disease and the
greater the amount of drugs taken earlier, the stronger is the reaction
which in such case is longer.
The patient's condition can be rather unusual - through
tortures he comes to recovery: high temperature, anorexia,
foul-smelling, excessive sweating, abundant sputum, liquid stools,
gnawing pains in bones, joints, itching especially in places of
injections made earlier - all these emerge against the background of
the disease symptoms manifested previously.
In about one third of patients such reactions are not
accompanied by severe manifestations and are of a moderate character.
4. Personnel and Patients' Behaviour During Clearance Reactions
The teacher administering the VCDB method must foresee the
beginning of a reaction and provide a patient with appropriate
recommendations. This is usually done after the VCDB technique has been
learnt as the recovery sometimes is observed a few hours after
A teacher who has been specially trained in the VCDB method
application can predict the pattern of a clearance reaction for a
patient from a test group for, in general, such reaction will resemble
the symptoms of the disease; a number of concerned clearance pathways
will be employed in the process: abundant sputum in asthmatics, nasal
discharge in those who suffer chronic rhinitis, vomiting in patients
with liver disorders, etc.
The teacher must prepare a patient for the reaction to occur
so that the latter would not have been frightened, convince him to
continue with training and try to eliminate the symptoms by means of
the VCDB method. In some cases such symptoms are not eliminated but on
the contrary get more vividly expressed after the training. It
testifies to an accelerated reaction and serves as an indication for
retaining the achieved training intensity. Yet the training must not be
interrupted otherwise the depth of respiration will grow and the
clearance reaction will not be completed. If the depth of respiration
returns to initial level, then the disease will also come back. This
concerns primarily such symptoms as headaches, retrosternal and other
pains associated with sodium, potassium and, occasionally, with other
(magnesium, calcium, phosphorus) ions deficit which have been
eliminated from the organism by deep breathing. In this case the
teacher will recommend corresponding preparations: sodium chloride (0,5
teaspoonful), potassium (1 g), magnesium sulfate (2 g) per glass of
water (drink in little swallows until the symptoms disappear or become
weaker), a teaspoonful of chalk, 2-3 tablets of calcium
glycerophosphate (chew to crushes) etc. Sometimes the drug preparations
which had a good effect formerly can be administered, but the dose is
to be reduced by a half.
A patient ought to restrain from physical overstrain but make
every effort to walk as much time as possible in the open air.
Recommended is a reduced diet, but it does not concern liquids (mineral
water is advisable).
The pulmonary patient whose condition is satisfactory,
especially the asthmatic, is recommended to take a steam bath, the
sauna being preferred (nevertheless, the patient must not interrupt the
use of the VCDB method).
During the clearance reaction assistance should be provided to
the organism. If vomiting, the patient should drink as much warm water
as he can with sodium bicarbonate (1 g) and table salt (2 teaspoonful)
dissolved in 1 litre and to induce vomiting. To eliminate constipation
a cleansing enema (1-2 litres of warm water), hot shower (in a sitting
position), hot-water bath (if a patient's circulatory system is
satisfactory) etc. are recommended.
After the clearance reaction the patient's condition will be
improved or he will completely recover if the normalization of
breathing will be confirmed by the control interval indices.
Common Mistakes Observed When Using DVBM (extract)
by S. S. SOULIAGIN
Sanogenesis reactions appear with each rise of CO2 at 0.5%,
which corresponds with a 10 second control pause. Such rises can last
several months and they can manifest themselves by aggravation of old
diseases, even against an improving general well-being. Some not fully
informed people can perceive this as a return of his illness. At these
times a patient considers himself incurable and jumps to a wrong
conclusion about the non-effectiveness of DVBM. Falling back again into
conventional medicine arms such a patient becomes a "living example" of
the method's failure. That is the reason why we have to ask our
patients to keep a diary and have control check-ups. Local people
should come for an examination once every one or two years. Monitoring
of patients should be conducted until their full recovery and not less
than 3-5 years.
For more information about how to avoid or reduce the effects of the cleansing reaction, visit Module 11 "Major Nutrients Guide for Better Breathing and Body Oxygenation".
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