While teaching breathing courses, I met many students who had problems, sometimes severe ones, with their cold hands and feet. Some of these students had Raynaud's disease. Many of them were using water bottles in bed to warm up their feet in order to fall asleep. Later, usually in 1-2 weeks, they reported that these symptoms and problems disappeared naturally with breathing retraining. However, before the course, all these students had less than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test indicating poor circulation.
Raynaud's disease is currently explained as a poorly understood condition with hyperactivation of the sympathetic system due to unknown causes. The overactive
sympathetic system causes the spasm of blood vessels in the hands and
feet leading to reduced blood flow and low oxygen levels in extremities.
Raynaud's syndrome has two major causes:
- arterial hypocapnia (low-arterial CO2) that leads to vasoconstriction since carbon dioxide is the most potent known vasodilator
- a lack of electrons in body cells due to insulation from Earth.
In most cases, both these factors are present. Since CO2 is the most powerful
known vasodilator, a lack of CO2 causes spasm of blood vessels. Deficiency of
electrons exacerbates perfusion and tissue hypoxia.
As a result of these deficiencies, people with Raynaud's disease have less than
20 seconds for the body-oxygen test, while the clinical norm is 40-50 seconds.
Obviously, vasoconstriction also causes low O2 levels in the brain, heart, and
all other vital organs. Therefore, it is common that people with Raynaud's
phenomenon also suffer from many other effects of hyperventilation, such as chronic fatigue and complains of being tired, low or depressive mood, poor sleep, and problems with insomnia (cold feet makes falling asleep much harder).
Raynaud's disease treatment
Each student with Raynaud's who increased their body oxygenation
above 20 seconds experienced a major reduction in severity
of cold hands and feet.
Generally, from a practical work of breathing teachers with
Raynaud's students, it is known that breathing retraining
is able to resolve the problem completely if the person gets
over X seconds for the body-oxygen test 24/7 (see more about
this number X below). This usually takes about 2-4
weeks for a person who can devote about 2-3 hours per day
to breathing exercises and physical exercise with nose breathing.
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Earthing, as an additional technique, leads to faster recovery. Earthing
during sleep is a very effective technique even without breathing retraining.
Quick relief of Raynaud's symptoms
As for immediate methods to relieve existing symptoms of
Raynaud's disease, one can apply a breathing exercise
How to Warm up Cold
Hands and Feet. This exercise involves breath holding (after an usual exhalation), and reduced breathing (breathing little less air that provides carbon dioxide for the lungs and blood in order to dilate arteries and arterioles that provide blood for extremities).
An additional measure that helps to get rid of symptoms of
Raynaud's disease in about 15-20 minutes is to use a feet or hands bath
(with sea salt and electrical grounding to Earth) that is explained on this web page:
How to Ground Yourself.
Over 90% of my students, when they practice the required amount of work, are able to treat their symptoms naturally and eliminate symptoms of Raynaud's completely.