- Updated on August 13, 2020
What causes asthma and its acute exacerbations? Six most effective clinical trials on asthma applied the same technique. The purpose of this breathing technique is to teach asthmatics how to breathe in accordance with medical norms for breathing at rest. Many people think that asthma can be caused by stress, infections, allergy triggers, dysfunctional immune system and many other factors. There is also exercise induced asthma and many other factors, such as overeating, laughing and talking.
All these factors trigger by chronic hyperventilation that leads to bronchospasm, cell hypoxia and the suppressed immune system (in a long run).
Medical evidence suggests that all asthmatics suffer from chronic hyperventilation. Here are the results of 5 clinical studies that measured breathing in people with asthma.
*One row corresponds to one research paper or medical science article
| All references or
click below for abstracts
|Normal breathing||6 l/min||–||0 %||Medical textbooks|
|Healthy Subjects||6-7 l/min||>400||0 %||Results of 14 studies|
|Asthma||13 (+-2) l/min||16||100%||Chalupa et al, 2004|
|Asthma||15 l/min||8||100%||Johnson et al, 1995|
|Asthma||14 (+-6) l/min||39||100%||Bowler et al, 1998|
|Asthma||13 (+-4) l/min||17||100%||Kassabian et al, 1982|
|Asthma||12 l/min||101||100%||McFadden & Lyons, 1968|
Overbreathing (or breathing more than the medical norm) causes alveolar hypocapnia (lack of CO2) that leads to constrictions of respiratory airways (due to CO2-bronchodilation effect). Regardless of the presence of ventilation-perfusion mismatch and arterial CO2 levels (it can be high in severe lung diseases), hyperventilation always leads to tissue hypoxia, anaerobic cellular respiration, generation of free radicals in cells, immunosuppression, predisposition to chronic inflammation, excessive production of mucus, and many other pathological effects that worsen health of asthma patients.
This YouTube video (on the right side) features Dr. Artour Rakhimov who explains the key causes of asthma.
If you follow to the NormalBreathing YouTube channel, you can find more videos with breathing exercises how to stop asthma attacks, how to get rid of chronic cough, how to fall asleep fast and many others.
Other pages of this site provide the details of the program to defeat asthma and restore normal lung function results using breathing normalization.
Overbreathing test and asthma causes
Hyperventilation provocation test (forceful deep and fast breathing), according to medical studies, triggers acute asthma attacks in 100% of patients. Hence, it is logical that breathing less can prevent or stop most asthma attacks, see “Stop acute asthma exacerbation” in 2-3 minutes with a simple breathing exercise (up to 90% of asthma exacerbations can be prevented without using ventolin or other broncnodilators).
Restoration of normal breathing parameters eliminates all signs and symptoms of asthma. Hence, the cause of asthma is chronic hyperventilation.
Related web pages:
– Asthma Overview – common symptoms, their mechanisms, research quotes, lifestyle factors and other resources for asthma patients
– Bronchial asthma: definition, causes and treatment
– Asthma treatment: the review of the most effective methods to treat asthma
– Effects of breathing exercises on asthma symptoms – How changes in automatic breathing patterns leads to elimination of all symptoms and clinical remission of asthmatics.