Anxiety Free

By: Patrick McKeown,
author of “Anxiety
Free: stop worrying
and quieten your

How you breathe significantly
contributes to;
• Anxiety
• Attention deficit
• Behavioural issues/ADHD
• Racing mind
• Panic attacks
• Poor concentration

the respiratory centre in the brain is reset to maintain the habit. breathing too much. . •Prolonged hyperventilation (for more than 24 hours) seems to sensitize the brain. In other words. •During prolonged overbreathing. leading to a more prolonged hyperventilation.More specifically: over-breathing /chronic hyperventilation •Breathing a volume of air greater than metabolic requirements.

school teachers.vicious circle) . sales etc. • Asthma – (symptoms.Modern living causes overbreathing • • • • • • Processed foods / overeating Lack of exercise Stress Belief good to big breathe High temperatures of houses Public speaking.

Breathing through the mouth Hearing breathing during rest Sigh regularly Regular sniffing Irregular breathing Taking large breaths prior to talking Yawning with big breaths Upper chest movement Lot of visible movement .Overbreathing can be recognised by.

What happens when you breathe too much? .

• This results in less oxygen being released from the blood into the tissues and organs. • Breathing through the mouth. The heavier you breathe. hearing breathing during rest indicates that you are heavy breathing. blood. sniffing. the more your body is being starved of oxygen.The Bohr effect • Heavy breathing causes a loss of carbon dioxide from the lungs. . tissues and cells. noticeable breathing. sighs.

” Haughe et al 1980 cited in Multidisiplinary approaches to breathing pattern disorders by Leon Chaitow. Dinah Bradley and Christopher Gilbert .Blood vessel constriction “Every 1 mmHg drop of arterial CO2 reduces blood flow to the brain by 2%.

the main blood vessel going to the brain. The extent of constriction depends on genetic predisposition but has been estimated by Gibbs (1992) to be as much as 50% for those with anxiety and panic attacks. Cited in Anxiety Free: stop worrying and quieten your mind . This finding is also supported by Ball & Shekhar (1997).Lower carbon dioxide within the blood causes a constriction of the carotid artery.

have demonstrated that CO2 reduces cortical excitability. including Balestrino and Somjen (1988) and Huttunen et al. As a result.” Cited in Anxiety Free: stop worrying and quieten your mind . by regulating breathing.Other researchers. the brain gets literally out of control due to appearance of spontaneous and asynchronous (‘self-generated’) thoughts. “breathing too much makes the human brain abnormally excited due to reduced CO2 concentrations. (1999).” Balestrino and Somjen (1988) in their summary directly claimed that. “The brain. controls its own excitability.

the more blood vessels open.Oxygenate all tissues and organs • Quiet breathing ensures optimum partial pressure of carbon dioxide within the lungs. enabling better circulation and distribution of oxygen throughout the body. tissues and cells. blood. • The calmer and quieter you breathe. To oxygenate your brain.breathe correctly . The release of oxygen from the blood depends on the presence of carbon dioxide. including the brain.

which may affect any part of the body.“Hyperventilation presents a collection of bizarre and often apparently unrelated symptoms.the tip of the iceberg . and any organ or any system.” Claude Lum: Hyperventilation.

However. the patient might be told after a series of tests that there is nothing wrong with him or her. thus increasing the size of the patients’ file and further adding to his or her anxiety. because chronic hyperventilation is overlooked in most instances.He further labels hyperventilation syndrome as the fat file syndrome. . noting that patients go from doctor to doctor in an attempt to get help for their symptoms.





Vicious Circle .

Only by bringing your breathing volume to normal levels can you deal with the physiological aspects of stress and anxiety. the more CO2 is washed from the lungs. causing carbon dioxide to be washed from the lungs. It increases breathing volume. . The more you breathe out. Long-term stress is exhausting and is known to result in many illnesses. the more your breathe out. Remember: The more you breathe in.

• Prolonged overbreathing resets the respiratory centre in the brain to tolerate a lower partial pressure of CO2. tissues and cells. the heavy breathing habit is maintained as a result of chemoreceptors in the brain being reset. even when the initial stress is removed. . the partial pressure of CO2 is reduced in the blood.• As CO2 is washed from the lungs. • Therefore.

counsellors. However. unless chronic overbreathing is addressed.An anxious person may attend many psychotherapists. . he or she will be at a significant disadvantage in making progress. psychologists and psychiatrists in an effort to get to the root of his or her condition.

.Level and correct breathing volume allows normalisation of the partial pressure of carbon dioxide within the lungs. thus improving oxygenation of the brain and resulting in far less brain cell excitability.

Reverse the circle .

professor of psychology. which has repeatedly been shown in the case of chronic hyperventilation. states that “the first stage of chronic graded hypoxia (insufficient oxygen). is depression of mood and activity.• Dr Robert Fried. .

• In the late Professor Buteyko’s words. This reduces oxygen supply.” . “Exhaling Carbon Dioxide from the organism brings about spasms in bronchi. making one’s breath heavier. leading to oxygen deficiency. etc. vessels and intestines. thus completing the vicious circle.

What is involved with Buteyko? • Unblocking of the nose • Switching from mouth to nasal breathing • Correction of breathing volume to more normal levels • Various guidelines regarding physical exercise. . stress and sleeping. diet.

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