Cleansing Reaction and Body Detox (Buteyko Breathing Technique)

- Updated on October 29, 2020

Cleansing Reaction and Body Detox (Buteyko Breathing Technique) 1By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author

Guide for Training, By K.P. Buteyko

[Translation of Small Buteyko Manual] Voskresensk, 1994

Translation of Small Buteyko Manual 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. See the video below which features Dr. Artour Rakhimov explaining body detox and gut detox techniques.

Note. Out of numerous students (those who used DIY methods or trained with other teachers) who claimed to have cleansing reactions and who sought Dr. Artour’s help during last years, there were no cases when a student had any real cleansing or clearing reaction.


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 allergopathological responses.

Deep respiration impairs the functioning of the 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 for 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 the 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 the 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 the CO2 content in the 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 turn.

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;
• rigor:
• body temperature of 39.4 C especially in pulmonary patients;
• headaches;
• 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 shortened.

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 urination (of red or dark-brown color), dysmenorrhea, scaling, hair bulbs atrophy and loss of hair. All excretions can contain blood admixtures and have a smell of drugs administered earlier.

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 number 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 learned as the recovery sometimes is observed a few hours after the exercise.

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 the 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 teaspoonfuls) dissolved in 1 liter and to induce vomiting. To eliminate constipation a cleansing enema (1-2 liters 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)


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.

In this YouTube interview (see below), Dr. Artour Rakhimov clarifies gut and body detox from heavy metals providing details about Buteyko sanogenesis cleansing reaction.

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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