Hyperventilation is not specifically defined as an illness but refers to a tendency to overbreathe. There is a natural instinctive tendency to control breath in times of stress. If very frightened we may hold our breath but with moderate levels of anxiety we may have a tendency to overbreathe. This is very often a necessary physiological response and not a problem, as is shown in exercising.
Without wishing to blind the reader with science, the need to hyperventilate or alternatively hold the breath is governed by the level of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream, which is measured in a part of the brain known as the respiratory centre. It is all based on a chemical equation:
H20+C02 ^ H2C03 ^ 2H++C032’
Keeping it simple, this equation shows how water (H.,0) and carbon dioxide (C02) react to form a chemical chain of two hydrogen ions (2H+) and a carbonate ion (C032~). The hydrogen ions are kept at a particular level to allow the body’s biochemical function. Any disturbance requires this equation to flow one way or the other. For example, when we exercise, our muscles produce more CO, as a waste product. This C07 is blown off by our breathing more swiftly. Because we are throwing out more C02, the equation moves to the left and the number of hydrogen ions in the body diminishes. This is a ‘good thing’ because we are also producing more lactic acid from our muscle use and if we did not get rid of the hydrogen atoms in our bloodstream we would become too acidic and many of our biochemical functions would fail.
If you have managed to follow this so far, then the relevance and importance of hyperventilation will be apparent. Hyperventilation most often occurs when we are frightened. We blow off the carbon dioxide causing a loss of hydrogen ions, and what is known as a respiratory alkalosis occurs, which makes us feel dizzy and faint. The time-honoured tradition of breathing in and out of a paper bag causes us to inhale our exhaled carbon dioxide thereby reducing the loss of hydrogen ions and rebalancing our blood acid/alkaline levels (pH). This in turn returns our biochemistry to normal and we stop feeling odd.
The important point of all this is the tendency of many of us to hyperventilate without realizing it. Being under pressure or stress, which so many of us are, constantly causes us to hyperventilate not at a level that causes dizziness and fainting but at a level that alters our blood pH. Living at a persistently mild alkaline level affects the biochemistry of the body and can have profound effects, particularly on the cardiovascular system and lungs. Asthma, heart attacks and stroke are the most researched problems but it is possible that other conditions, including cancer, may result from a persistent state of hyperventilation.
It is difficult to assess whether an individual is hyperventilating because breathing 14 or 15 times a minute is only wrong if you should be breathing 12 times a minute, and symptoms and problems may develop only after many years.
Recognition of chronic hyperventilation is not possible from a clinical standpoint. Orthodox blood tests are of little value because modern science has shown that the biochemistry of the body will take place at a set, narrow band (a pH of 7.34-7.48). The body is very good at maintaining these levels but may be putting a considerable strain on the tissues and cells in controlling this.
During inhalation the diaphragm contracts making the lungs expand. When exhaling the diaphragm expands forcing air out of the lungs.
It is this strain that may cause chronic and serious illness. The use of the Humoral Pathological Laboratory Test and bioresonance techniques may disclose an alkalosis or acidosis and such tests must be considered in chronic illness .
RECOMMENDATIONS /Acute hyperventilation from a shock, fright or an acutely anxious situation can be dealt with by placing a suitable container such as a carrier bag over the mouth and nose and re-breathing the exhaled carbon dioxide.
There will be a tender point either side of the shoulders between the neck and the shoulder tip. Gentle pressure on these will help. There will also be tender points 2 inches either side of the chest bone and 2 inches below the collar bone. Gentle application to these will also help.
Everybody should have training in breathing techniques can ensue. Any persisting membrane problem that does not respond to other areas of treatment should be considered as being possibly caused by hypoglycaemia.
Other than an excess of insulin, some conditions within the system can use up blood sugar rapidly. The biggest culprits are infections, especially abnormal bowel bacteria and yeast infections such as Candida. Symptoms of hypoglycaemia or chronic diseases of membranes in association with bowel problems may well be Candida-related.
It is also worth noting that hypoglycaemia may be physiological, not pathological, as is the case when natural processes use up the available blood sugars in pregnancy and after exercise. More sinister conditions such as cancer, which can also burn up sugars, have to be considered and ruled out.
Some Eastern philosophies place a central energy point or chakra on the midline at the top of the abdomen. This coincides with the pancreas and an energy block that prevents the vital force from moving through that area can interfere with digestion and insulin control.
A glucose tolerance test, most often used in establishing diabetes, can be used to diagnose hypoglycaemia .
A diet high in fibre and low in refined carbohydrates and sugars is essential.
Frequent small snacks throughout the day are better than three larger meals.
Several homeopathic remedies may match the symptoms and a reference to your preferred homeopathic manual should include reviewing the remedies phosphorus, Aconite, Veretrum album and Carbo vegetabilis.
Herbal treatments may be of benefit but should be taken only under the expert guidance of a holistic practitioner. In the case of bowel bacteria problems, a one-week course of 2 billion acidophilus pre-meals is indicated along with the consideration of the use of capryllic acid under the care of a complementary practitioner.