Heart Rate Variability Improved With Limbic Breathing

Majid Ali, M.D.

Calming An Overdriven Heart With Limbic Breathing


Emotional and lifestyle stressors can dramatically alter autonomic homeostasis. Reduction of stress by various self-regulatory methods— autoregulation, in my terminology — can be expected to affect autonomic parameters. Furthermore, such changes can be expected to be more pronounced in subjects with oxidative dysautonomia. Any or all autonomic parameters — including supine and upright heart rates, blood pressure values, and ratios between high-frequency and low-frequency signals — may be affected.


A  42-year-old man who suffered from severe depression and fibromyalgia. He missed his exit from a highway, developed reaction to automobile exhaust, and then became very annoyed at the barking of his dog.

His heart rate was 117 per minute and jumped to 135 per minute as he stood up for orthostatic challenge. He was advised to practice autoregulation with limbic breathing for fifteen minutes after which the power spectral analysis was repeated. His heart rate came down to 90/min.

For a complete study of  the findings of power spectral analysis and changes in various autonomic parameters recorded before and after stress reduction, I refer the reader to my book Integrative Cardiology, the sixth volume of The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine Volume (2005), available at http://www.aliacademy.org, for the figures cited above. In this volume, I present an in-depth discussion of the subjects of oxidative dysautonomia and clinical value of power spectral analysis of heart rate variability,


I refer the reader to my book Integrative Cardiology, the sixth volume of The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine Volume (2005), available at http://www.aliacademy.org, for the figures cited above.

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