Treating Epilepsy with Buteyko Breathing
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders characterized by epileptic seizures. A pattern of repeated seizures is referred to as epilepsy. Episodes can vary from brief and nearly undetectable to long periods of vigorous shaking.
The Cause of Epilepsy
When nerve cells in the brain fire electrical impulses at a rate of up to four times higher than normal, it causes a sort of electrical storm in the brain, known as a seizure.
Two important studies have been done on the role of CO2 (and breathing) on the brain and epileptic seizures:
With the direct relationship between CO2 levels and the excitability of brain cells, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Professor Buteyko was able to revert epilepsy in many students. The main cause of epilepsy is overbreathing and low CO2 levels of the blood. When we correct the breathing and improve CO2 levels, the braincells calm down and epilepsy attacks can be a thing of the past.
Revert Epilepsy with our Buteyko Breathing course
Reverting epilepsy with Buteyko Breathing is a slow process that usually takes place over several months, where we gradually increase the body's CO2 content using the Buteyko Breathing approach. With better breathing, epileptic seizures become less intense and less frequent and when breathing is optimal, can be completely reverted. Progress depends on:
Doing the Buteyko Breathing course and keeping in touch with drs. Eduard Reuvers over the course of your practice, students can experience good results after 1 to 3 months of advanced Buteyko practice. The frequency and severity of the epileptic seizures goes down as students make progress.