Hyperventilation affects all systems of the body and it is for this reason that asthmatics suffer from such a puzzling array of symptoms.
The most common symptoms of hyperventilation below are grouped by category:
Respiratory System Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in chest
  • Over sensitivity of airways
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Over-production of mucus
  • Long term blocked or running sinus
  • Excessive yawning and sighing.
  • Nervous System Symptoms:
  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Poor concentration
  • Numbness
  • Tingling and coldness especially in the hands and fingers and often in the face. In severe cases, loss of memory or loss of consciousness.
  • Cardiac Symptoms:
  • Pounding heart
  • Palpitations (skipped beats)
  • Tachycardia (racing heart beat)
  • Psychological Symptoms:
  • Degrees of anxiety
  • Tension
  • Apprehension
  • "Unreal" feeling
  • Urge to flee
  • General Symptoms:
  • Mouth dryness
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Belching
  • Flatulence
  • Easily tired
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • General weakness
  • Chronic exhaustion
  • Fatigue
    For Asthmatics the most common signs of hidden hyperventilation are:
  • Breathing through your mouth
  • Frequent sighing or yawning often
  • Upper chest breathing - using the chest muscles instead of the diaphragm to move air in and out
  • Other Conditions

    It was not only Dr.Buteyko, but many other doctors who have made the connection between chronic, mild-to-moderate hyperventilation (which no one takes notice of) and some diseases.

    Asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure, migraine, immune system malfunction and adult-onset diabetes are just a few.
    It is believed that these diseases are caused by the results of chronic hidden hyperventilation. These results include:

  • Blood pH being slightly more alkaline than usual
  • Tightened smooth muscle wrapped around airways, blood vessels and glands
  • Extra sugar is released into the blood stream
  • Nerve cells become agitated
  • Extra histamine is released into the blood stream
  • Adrenaline is pumped throughout the body
  • Immune system doesn't work as effectively
  • Blood flow is directed away from the extremities