Limbic Breathing For Asthma
Majid Ali, M.D.
Patients with asthma require a threefold approach for control of asthma without drugs:
1. Protocols of environmental medicine (treatment of mold, food and pollen allergy with immunotherapy) (allergy injections), and avoidance of other triggers.
2. Nutritional therapy with protocols specifically designed to stabilize cell membranes and prevent spasm of the bronchial tree and related complications.
3. Auto-regulation and limbic breathing. In my experience, optimal immunologic therapy for allergy and appropriate nutritional protocols can be expected to give 60 - 75 % control of asthma without drugs. For complete control without drugs, the patient must learn methods of directed pulses and limbic breathing and practice auto-regulation with regularity.
We recently reported the results of an outcome study of forty patients with asthma at the Advanced Course of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy held in January, 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona. The criteria for inclusion of patients in this outcome study were as follows:
1. Patients must have been treated with drugs for asthma for at least one year before consulting us for non-pharmacologic treatment.
2. Patients must have a minimum follow-up period of one year after starting allergy, nutrition and self-regulation protocols.
3. Patients must be enrolled in the study in a consecutive fashion to avoid any selection bias.
The results showed that 29 of 40 patients (72.5 %) who completed the study were completely free of both asthma and the asthma drugs they had previously used. Another 5 patients ( 12.5 % ) used the asthma drugs at an average of less than four times a month. Three additional patients (7.5 %) required drugs 1-3 times a week. Only three patients (7.5 %) were still using the drugs with some regularity. Of these, one patient suffers from cat-induced asthma, has nine cats who often sleep with her, and has made a deeply personal decision not to live without cats. The second patient is an advanced state of emphysema. The third patient had been on steroids for several years with severely impaired immune system before she consulted us.
In this study, we did not make any attempts to establish a double-blind cross-over model for investigation. It was designed to be an outcome study.
Auto-regulation cannot be blinded. In my judgement, the principal weakness of the double-blind cross-over model for research is this: it reduces the patient to a mechanical device, a robot. By blinding the patient, it systematically excludes any role which the patient might, with his own healing power, play in his recovery from his disease. By blinding the physician, it precludes any role which the patient-physician relationship may contribute to the patient's recovery. I discuss this subject in the sections on The Scientific Basis of Auto-regulation and The Placebo-busters, Placebo-phobes, and Placebo-philes in the companion volume The Pheasant and Suffering in Illness.
Limbic Breathing For Hypertension And Other Non-Respiratory Disorders.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is caused by tight arteries. Tight arteries force the heart to work harder. As the blood is pushed through tight arteries, the pressure within these arteries rises. This is the essential nature of hypertension. The few exceptions to this are some rare tumors and other disorders. Left untreated, hypertension leads to structural disorders of the heart, kidney, brain, and other body organs. In my work with auto-regulation, I have found Directed pulses and Limbic breathing as the two most effective methods for loosening our arteries and normalizing raised blood pressure. Many researchers have shown the efficacy of some other self-regulatory methods for control of hypertension.
Hypertension serves as a good model for many other disorders which can be effectively reversed with self-regulatory methods used in conjunction with treatment protocols of nutritional and environmental medicines.
I wrote in the preface of this book that a surgeon's scalpel seldom heals. An internist's drug seldom heals. Molecules, cells, tissues, and organs have an innate ability to heal. What the surgical knife and drugs do is to remove the impediments in the way of healing. Limbic breathing and other methods of auto-regulation promote healing in exactly the same way.
I teach limbic breathing as an essential part of training in auto-regulation to every patient who consults me, regardless of the nature of her disease, intensity of her suffering, or the probability of quick or delayed recovery. This include patients with advanced cancer in whom surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy have failed to control the disease or have inflicted additional suffering upon the patient ( such patients need limbic breathing more than any thing else I know.
The term " limcor " is my abbreviation for limbic-cortical balance. I use this term to refer to a state in which a person learns to do his day's cortical work with a limbic awareness of his body tissues and organs.
Modern living is cortical living. By and large the burdens of modern life are the burdens of cortical living. Some people know this intuitively. They live outside the cortical barriers without ever trying hard for it. Others need to learn it. The cortical mode loves to analyze, argue, doubt and suspect. It does not let up easily. Indeed, the grip of the cortical mode on the body tissues is tightest for those who need the limbic mode most: patients in the throes of chronic unremitting illness.
Two issues must be seen clearly.
We cannot go back to living in caves.
We cannot go on suppressing with drugs the symptoms of chronic disease caused by stress, poor nutrition, food allergy, sensitivity to environmental pollutants, and damaged internal ecology of bowel, lung and other organs. The price paid by the patients for this is prohibitive. So, what then, is the solution?
The concept of limcor is neither difficult to understand at an intellectual level nor very hard to use in daily living. Auto-regulation is knowledge of biology and an enhanced perception of energy put to work for self-regulation and healing. Nutritional and environmental protocols are more effective when combined with a self-regulatory methods.
Limbic Breathing learned well and practiced regularly is, in my experience, the single best way to achieve Limcor.
Limbic Breathing In Tissue Sensing
Directed pulses, Limbic breathing, and Tissue Sensing are the three principal methods used in auto-regulation. These methods are listed in order of both their complexity and efficacy. In my experience, it is difficult for anyone to practice effective limbic breathing until he becomes well-versed with the principles and practice of directed pulses. The same holds for limbic breathing and tissue sensing.
In tissue sensing, one learns to breathe limbically and into the tissues under stress of injury or disease. It is an advanced and a specific method for self-healing for disorders of specific tissues. It is in the method of tissue sensing that limbic breathing finds its full value. See the chapter on Methods of Auto-regulation in the companion volume The Pheasant and Suffering in Illness.
Breathe into your pain and suffering and let go.
Breathing into pain and suffering and letting go? This may appear to be too abstract an idea to be of much practical use in clinical medicine for those who have never explored any methods for self-regulation. In practice it is rather a simple approach. Pain is localized easily by most people; suffering for most people seem to be largely located in chest.
With a limbic mode of breathing, we teach patients how to breathe slowly into their chests or in the areas of pain, sensing the energy with each breath (perceived as tissue rising with energy with warmth, flushing, throbbing, tingling, or pulsing). This is followed by a brief period of a few moments of holding breath, still aware of the sense of energy. Next, comes a period of slow, sustained, and even breathe-out period in which that person feels the tissues in the specific area settle down with energy. This is followed by similar cycles of breathe-in periods with tissues swelling with energy, and breathe-out periods with tissue settling down with energy. All during this time, the individual stays with the energy in his tissues, and away from all intellectual thoughts.
You have to keep breathing into your suffering. If you stop, the suffering returns