- Updated on October 29, 2020
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD
How To Stop Itching All Over (Natural Breathing Remedy)
There is a simple natural breathing remedy to stop itching all over the body explained below with three crucial steps that are shown in the diagram below. You need to increase blood flow to skin cells of the body and calm nerve cells naturally even for those who have eczema or psoriasis.
Most cases of itching, and even itching all over the body, are not life-threatening. However, if you have serious additional symptoms such as difficulty breathing/dyspnea, swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or mouth, you may have anaphylaxis and require immediate medical attention.
First of all, it is important to avoid skin irritation and chronic inflammation caused by allergic reactions. Do note that some allergic reactions (to food, synthetic clothes, laundry detergents, physical contact with various materials, and so on) can sometimes be hard to notice due to their sluggish expression and time delay that can at times be several hours before these triggers begin to cause itching all over.
Why is this exercise “How to stop itching” so successful? This respiratory exercise’s efficacy relates to its ability to address the root cause of why we itch all over: breathing too much air! Common triggers and causes of itching all over typically concern factors that intensify breathing or make your breathing faster and deeper, such as stress, anxiety, panic, over-eating, mouth breathing, over-heating, talking too much, sighing, coughing, sleep, and many others.
People with normal body-O2 levels and normal breathing patterns do not struggle with itching all over. When our breathing is above the norm, we begin to suffer from low body O2, overly-excited nerve cells, and a hypersensitive immune system.
Itching all over the body and allergies can appear only when one’s body and brain O2 levels are less than 20 seconds. The normal value for the DIY body-oxygen test is 40 seconds. Tissue hypoxia and hypocapnia (CO2 deficiency) are caused by ineffective breathing (too fast and heavy breathing) at rest. Over-breathing makes the nerve cells irritable and the immune system hypersensitive (see the links to medical studies below). Additional causes of low body and brain O2 and CO2 values are chest breathing (causing lower blood oxygenation) and mouth breathing (leading to increased losses of CO2 blood levels).
How to stop itching all over (Breathe-Easy natural remedy)
Pinch your nose and start walking fast. (Note: Your mouth should be closed all the time.) You need to get more CO2 into the blood to dilate arteries and arterioles (CO2 is the most potent dilator of arteries and arterioles), which will then pacify nerve cells (CO2 is a sedative of nerve cells – see other pages of this site for clinical studies).
While walking, you should hold your breath until you get a strong desire to breathe. You’ll most likely make it to around 15 to 25 steps. Afterwards, sit down on a chair with your spine straight. After you release your nose, you are to start reduced breathing (breathing about 20-30% less air than before this exercise). How can you do that? Instead of taking your usual big and deep inhalations, take a smaller inhalation which uses the diaphragm only (see the graph below). Then, relax all muscles for an exhalation. Repeat the cycle: make another short inhalation and, again, just relax to exhale. Practice this reduced breathing while remaining relaxed.
The purpose here is to maintain air-hunger (a shortage of air) for 1-2 minutes with total relaxation of body muscles.
If your skin gets itchy all over again (i.e., in 30-60 minutes), then you should increase your body O2 using the same breathing exercise and lifestyle changes.
Stop itching all over body during sleep at night
You need to lie on your left side or chest and relax all bodily muscles (sleeping sitting causes fewer problems with a runny nose.) Pinch your nose and then follow the same instructions as above, but without walking.
The same breathing remedy will also help you to fall asleep naturally, and much faster too! For better sleep and fewer problems with itching, additional lifestyle ideas may be required (see the links below).
Stop itching all over for good
Over 120 Soviet and Russian MDs tested and cured thousands of people with different skin conditions such as eczema, neurodermatitis, and many others, who commonly suffer from problems with itching all over the body. They found that:
– If your body-O2 test results are over X (see below) seconds all the time, your immune system will be much stronger, and you will not suffer from almost any skin problems. (Note: Psoriasis is the only condition which may still occur in some people when this body O2 level has been attained.)
– If, in addition to the previous condition, if you follow one other requirement, your immune system can get desensitized to allergic triggers. Therefore, you can permanently get rid of itching all over and all your allergies (to tree pollen, cat proteins and other triggers).
This number (X), as well and the additional condition, are provided below as your bonus content.
You need to get over 40 seconds for the CP test 24/7.
2. Avoid all your allergic triggers for about 2 months in order to normalize the immune system and get rid of allergies completely.
For many people, itching becomes worse at higher CPs. Applying coconut oil on skin can provide a relief in some of these cases, but also check which detergents you use for washing your clothes.
Students with really high morning CPs often cannot tolerate, for example, ordinary commercial hand soaps used in public washrooms. These chemicals can cause severe skin rashes right after using them. The reaction commonly appears only at high CPs, but not when the same person had 10-25 s morning CP.
Thus, using hypoallergenic or dermotalogically-tested detergents (or those made for babies) with double rinse (or extra wash with water only) is required. All pillow cases and bed linen would need to be washed as well.
If this does not help, keeping diet with less than 20 g carbs daily is the next step. See ketogienic diet resources on this site.
Here are more details about stop itching all over for good with clinical effects of the Buteyko breathing method on skin conditions, including eczema or psoriasis.
– This page in Spanish: Cómo detener la picazón en la piel: Detenerla en todo.
Related web pages:
How to Tape Mouth at Night – Mouth taping technique to prevent mouth breathing during sleep
Mouth vs. Nose Breathing – Medical review of main physiological effects
Sleep Positions Medical Research (26 studies – What is the best way to sleep for maximum body oxygenation?
How to Prevent Sleeping on One’s Back – Practical techniques and permanent home remedy
Internet Lies About Ideal Sleep Positions – Over 90% of internet resources advice sleeping on one’s back, which makes skin to itch all over and worsen eczema and psoriasis.