- Updated on April 16, 2020
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
Cases of Dysautonomia Dysfunction and Complex POTS Disbalance
In this YouTube video, Dr. Artour provides examples of dysautonomia dysfunction related to sympathetic/parasympathetic imbalance.
When conducting the orthostatic pulse test from lying to standing positions, a person with complex dysautonomia (dis-balance or autonomous system dysfunction) can experience the following pattern of heart rate behavior:
In this example above (transition from the lying to the standing position), heart rate increases to its maximum stable value, but then decreases again (due to the parasympathetic system) and then rises to its final value showing parasympathetic autonomous dysregulation due to dysautonomia dysfunction.
Here is another example (below) related to the transition from the standing to the lying position. Here heart rate decreases to its minimum stable value, but then increases again (due to sympathetic contribution) and then falls to its final value showing sympathetic autonomous dysregulation, as an example of dysautonomia dysfunction.
Causes of dysautonomia: over-excited states of nerve cells
Historically, people breathed nearly 2-3 times less air at rest and had higher numbers for the body-oxygen test about 100-120 years ago and previously (see the Homepage for clinical studies, charts, and data). Modern people have 15 to 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test or the control pause. This means people have frequent breathing pattern and the body has less CO2 in the blood and nerve cells. Carbon dioxide has a powerful sedative effect for the nerve cells. When people over-breathe, their nerve cells become hyperactive causing many problems including those with the autonomic nervous system or ANS. This hyperactivity is manifested in over-excitable states of nerve cells of both parts of the autonomic nervous system: parasympathetic and sympathetic systems. Learn more about effects of carbon dioxide on nerve cells: CO2 effects on the nerve cells.
In this second YouTube video (below), Dr. Artour explains causes and natural treatment for dysautonomia.
When Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s students successfully slowed down their breathing patterns and when they breathed about 6 L per minute, they experienced no more symptoms of POTS or dysautonomia dysfunction. All students that use the Normal Breathing Method to improve their body-oxygen levels close to the medical norm (i.e. with about 35 to 40 seconds for their morning control pause/CP levels) can improve their overall health drastically, not only dysautonomia dysfunction or POTS.
Note: Breathing retraining requires various lifestyle changes and it is not simply about practicing breathing exercises. Preventing mouth breathing and avoidance of supine sleep are among most important initial lifestyle changes. Thus, taping and chin straps serve as useful tools to prevent a drop in oxygen levels overnight. (There are additional YouTube videos specifically on this subject on Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s YouTube channel.)
If you or a loved one suffers from POTS or dysautonomia dysfunction, it is recommended that you retrain your automatic or unconscious breathing. Breathing is also regulated by the ANS (autonomic nervous system). With chronic over-breathing (that is common in modern people and an exceptionally prevalent in chronic diseases – see the Homepage of this site), sympathetic overactivation and over-excited states of nerve cells (due to hypocapnia) are normal outcomes. Therefore, chronic over-breathing is a natural and common cause of various imbalances and cases of dysautonomia dysfunction.
The Youtube playlist for our dysautonomia videos is “Dysautonomia/POTS/SNS-PNS Dysfunction (Disorders of Autonomic Nervous System): Causes, Tests and Treatment” – the plain URL is https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrtVGVhjonCAtbTykgf9uIzgzok8MQyZw .