- Updated on August 3, 2019
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall (nasal septum) between your nostrils is displaced to one side. Your septum anatomically separates your left nasal cavitiy from your right nasal cavity. The septum, in healthy people, is situated in the center of your nose, equally separating left and right sides. However, due to genetic factors (it can run in families) and nasal injuries (common in childhood), these are the main official causes, the nasal septum can become and remain displaced. This makes one nasal passage smaller than the other.
When a deviated septum is severe, it can block one side of your nose and reduce airflow, causing difficulty breathing, nosebleeds and other symptoms.
Natural treatment for deviated septum: Retrain your breath
Treatment of a deviated septum, as most doctors believe and use it, can include adhesive strips and medical drugs that allow reducing some symptoms. It is believed by most doctors that to correct a deviated septum, surgery is necessary.
However, the experience of hundreds of Buteyko students and those who applied the Frolov/Amazing DIY breathing devices testify that it is possible to reverse all symptoms of a deviated septum, and even normalize structural anatomy due to deviated septum either completely or nearly completely with breathing retraining.
Here is one of the typical stories about their life with a deviated septum, and we have heard similar stories from our students many times.
Hi, I don’t know how old this article is but I hope you’re still answering people. I’ve been a mouth breather all my life. It just feels natural. When I try breathing through my nose, it feels like I’m not getting enough air and have to breathe deeply. Also, I’ve tried closing my mouth and breathing through my nose for a few minutes and I find I can’t breathe that way naturally or automatically: I have to work at it myself, my body won’t take over subconsciously, and soon I feel like I’m suffocating and have to breathe through my mouth again, even having to take a deep mouth breath. Now I am having trouble breathing, I feel like I’m not getting enough oxygen and have to take a deep breath every few minutes, yet, paradoxically, it feels sometimes like I am flooding my lungs with too much air at times. A deviated symptom in the nose runs through my family and my nose was broken when I was a kid, so I wonder if that has anything to do with this? My nose is basically “dead”: I can’t breathe through it and it always feels full, stuffy, and heavy, it feels like a brick sitting on my face! Any thoughts on what is wrong with my nose? Or how I can train my subconscious to breathe through it automatically? Anything helps. Thanks.
Here is Dr. Artour’s answer: Yes, genetics play a role, but deviated septum is a lifestyle disease meaning that severity of symptoms correlates with your lifestyle. For clinical studies related to causes of common lifestyle diseases, see the Homepage of this site. Treatment: If you apply consistent efforts and follow a program of breathing retraining to slow down your automatic (24/7) breathing with real measurable progress, you can certainly eliminate symptoms and have normal nose breathing 24/7. The purpose of breathing retraining is to slow down unconscious breathing 24/7. According to Dr. Buteyko, many structural abnormalities (including nasal polyps and deviated septum) appear to prevent the organism from excessive losses of carbon dioxide.
Find below here the result for the body oxygen test and pulse that you need to achieve to reverse symptoms of deviated septum and how long could it take to get even anatomical improvements (in some students).
40+ seconds for the morning CP and 24/7 with less than 70 for pulse ar rest sitting. If you achieve this goal, it takes about 2-3 months to experience improvements in nose anatomy, but in all people. All people though enjoy a lot of energy, great sleep, dynamic digestion and other benefits of high body oxygenation.