By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author - Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD - Last updated on August 9, 2018
A bronchodilator is a chemical that is a relaxant of smooth muscles in airways. It causes natural dilation of bronchi and bronchioles while improving air flow to alveoli and preventing bronchospasm. Bronchodilators
are divided in endogenous bronchodilators
(produced in the human body, like CO2 and nitric oxide), and medical drugs.
Chemical bronchodilators have side effects. They
are highly toxic and include potent poisonous substances
such as albuterol, bitolterol, ephedrine, isoetharine, isoproterenol,
pirbuterol, racepinephrine, ritodrine, terbutaline and many others. For more
details related to their toxicity, you can visit www.nih.gov (National Institute
of Health in the USA):
side effects of bronchodilators.
These chemicals are used for a treatment of
asthma, COPD, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory conditions.
However, these bronchodilators are generally unnecessary since most cases of
acute bronchospasms, such as asthma attacks or exacerbations due to
bronchitis, can be prevented using a simple natural remedy that addresses the
cause of bronchospasm. The cause of bronchospasm can be found after analyzing
Since people with these health problems breathe about 2 times more than the norm
they have reduced levels of CO2 in airways and alveoli. CO2 is a very
potent bronchodilator. It is possibly the most potent
bronchodilator since CO2 is the
most potent relaxant of smooth muscles of arteries or strongest known
vasodilator. CO2 deficiency
causes spasm of smooth muscles in airways and increased resistance and work of
breathing. CO2 deficiency also promotes injury to lungs (see links to medical
studies below) and tissue hypoxia (deficiency of oxygen in body cells) leading
to immunosuppression, an appearance of allergic reactions, and the inability of the
organism to eliminate chronic inflammation (also a proven medical fact).
Therefore, chemical bronchodilators
can save lives of critically ill people, but there is no need to use them day
after day. All 3 components of bronchospasm (spasm of smooth muscles, chronic
inflammation and extra mucus due to irritation or allergic response) relate to
hyperventilation or low CO2 levels in airways.
Hence, an educated way to deal
with bronchospasm is to increase CO2 levels in airways. Normal alveolar CO2
eliminates spasm of airways and improves oxygen delivery to body cells. One can
apply easy breathing exercises for acute exacerbations that are freely provided
on this site, instead of using chemical bronchodilators.