- Updated on August 13, 2020
Cause of nasal congestion
Relief and treatment of nasal congestion require the elimination of its cause: chronic hyperventilation that constricts blood vessels, reduces oxygen delivery to cells, and suppresses the immune system. Nasal congestion (also known as a “stuffy nose”) occurs only in people who have low body-oxygen levels (less than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test). Tissue hypoxia is caused by chronic hyperventilation, upper chest breathing, and habitual mouth breathing.
While main superficial causes of nasal congestion include bacterial and viral infections, low body-oxygen content, on a cell level, is the key factor that suppresses the immune system and creates conditions for bacterial infections and/or allergic reactions.
A stuffy nose can also be caused by allergies to some airborne substances (e.g., as in case of hay fever). However, even in this case, the hypersensitive state of the immune system is caused by chronic overbreathing. As a result, the cause of nasal congestion is the same, as you can see on the right diagram.
Natural nasal congestion relief
Over 90% of people with nasal congestion can get a relief in less than 2 minutes if they slow down their heavy breathing using a simple breathing exercise. This easy respiratory exercise to clear a stuffy nose was invented by Soviet MDs practicing one popular
breathing method. More than 180 MDs taught this most natural remedy to thousands of their patients with asthma, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic mouth breathing, rhinitis, and many other conditions.
This treatment and remedy also work for children, pregnant women, and those with symptoms of fatigue. The exercise can be applied before night-time sleep as well. Here is the link for the breathing exercise ” How to get rid of a stuffy nose” in less than 2 minutes.
If you slow down your automatic breathing (or get closer to the medical norm) and achieve more than a certain number X (in seconds) for the body-oxygen test, your frequent respiratory infections will disappear. Hay fever eradication requires a slightly better result for the body-oxygen test and avoidance of triggers, for a certain period of time, for desensitization of the immune system. If you want to find exact numbers for these results, they are provided down below here as your bonus content.
To be able to breathe through the nose, you need to have over 20 s for the CP test. To defeat hayfever, one should have 30+ s all the time and over 2 months of no-triggers to decondition the immune system.
Here is a video that explains how to unblock a stuffed nose with the easy breathing remedy, a simple exercise which is among the most ancient meditation techniques.
Study claims hyperventilation causes sinusitis
Bartley James, Nasal congestion and hyperventilation syndrome, American Journal of Rhinology, 2005 Nov-Dec; vol 19(6): p. 607-11.