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Re: Alternate nostril breathing.
Posted By: Peter D'Adamo
In Response To: Re: Alternate nostril breathing. (Pat (A+) (INFP))
People can become autonomically unbalanced as a result fo stress or other biological problems. Most of the time the balance is with excessive sympathetic activity, which translates into increased adrenal 'fight or flight' chemical activity. A good example of this is panic atacks. The parasymapthetic nervous system (PNS) and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) are the 'automatic parts of the nervous system' controlling the functions which our bodies consider too important to trust our consciousness (or central nervous system, or CNS) with; like digesting our food, or controlling our heart rate. The PNS and SNS exist in a sort of antipathic relationship; if the heart rate gets to high (excess SNS) the branin kicks in and activates the PNS which releases other chemicals to slow down the heart. In the opposite situation, the vice versa is true.
The effects of alternate nostril breathing have been extensively studied. Here is an abstract which clearly shows systems effects. The rationale is that there are receptore for both the PNS and SNS in the back of the nasal cavities. Doing the breathing technique apparently helps to balance them out.
Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 1994 Apr;38(2):133-7
Breathing through a particular nostril can alter metabolism and autonomic activities.
Telles S, Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR
Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, Chamarajpet, Bangalore.
There is increasing interest in the fact that breathing exclusively through one nostril may alter the autonomic functions. The present study
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Phoebe O+ -- Friday, 1 October 1999, at 3:23 p.m.
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