This is the breathing exercise of a lifetime that helped Dr. Nguyen Khac Vien live for 50 years while having most of his lungs removed due to tuberculosis.
first. The creator of the method of nourishing breathing practice
Doctor Nguyen Khac Vien (1913 – 1997) was a researcher from a family of academics in Son Hoa commune, Huong Son grave, Ha Tinh province. Than was born as an old man named Hoang Giap Nguyen Khac Niem, a minister of the Ministry of Ceremonies and Ceremonies of the Nguyen Dynasty.
In 1933, Nguyen Khac Vien graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a baccalaureate in mathematics and a baccalaureate degree in western mathematics, and entered Hanoi Medical University and then went to France to continue his studies. In 1939 he graduated and worked as a resident doctor at the hospital Trouseau – the largest hospital in Paris.
There, he continued his studies and passed a doctor’s degree in parasitology and tropical diseases.
In 1942, he suffered from severe pulmonary tuberculosis and was hospitalized at Saint Hilaire du Touvet Hospital, Grenoble. At that time, the development of medicine was still limited, and there was no cure for tuberculosis.
During 6 years of treatment (from 1943 to 1948), he had to undergo many surgeries to treat tuberculosis including 7 operations, removal of 8 ribs, removal of the entire right lung and a third of the lung. left lung.
At this time, the breathing capacity in his lungs was only 1 liter, this is the breathing capacity of a very weak person. According to the diagnosis of French doctors, Doctor Nguyen Khac Vien only has about 2 years to live.
However, doctor Nguyen Khac Vien did not accept to wait for death. He studied many documents and found a breathing method to heal himself. As a result, he lived for another 50 years, at the age of 85.
During his life, Doctor Nguyen Khac Vien not only maintained good health for himself, but also thanks to that health, he actively worked, researched and left many works in the fields of literature. philosophy…
2. Breathing exercises “for life”
The breathing method of Dr. Nguyen Khac Vien is summarized in a poem with 12 easy-to-remember sentences as follows:
“Pull your belly out, breathe in and out, Your shoulders are motionless, Your limbs are relaxed, You are slow and deep, Focusing on monitoring, Flow in and out, Normally through your nose, When folding through your mouth, Standing or lying down, standing or lying down , Anywhere, Anytime.”
According to Professor Nguyen Lan Dung, breathing exercises can be combined most effectively when walking, suitable for elderly people. Going fast or slow, short or long depends on each person’s health.
While walking, combine with gentle and deep abdominal breathing according to the formula: 4 steps to inhale, remember to expand the abdomen, 2 steps to stop breathing, then 8 steps to exhale, tighten the abdomen. Breathing exercises will work better when walking in a place with fresh air and a relaxed spirit.
Breathe 4 equal strokes:
– Stage 1: Breathe in slowly and gently through your nose, take a deep, gentle inhale for as long as you can bear, and at the same time expand your abdomen.
Then 2: Hold your breath and hold your breath, the time is equal to when you inhale.
Stage 3: Exhale slowly, smoothly and prolong, at the same time, the abdomen retracts to the fullest, the time is equal to 1.
Tension 4: Hold your breath, the time is equal to 1. At the beginning of the practice, the practitioner can count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 in each phase. Then increase the time by counting to 7, 8, 9, 10…
3. Why is breathing practice good for health?
The breathing method of Dr. Nguyen Khac Vien is actually not completely new. It’s just a synthesis of qigong, meditation, yoga, tai chi, nourishing life… of the East since ancient times, seen by a physician’s modern respiratory physiology.
The reason why breathing exercises have a good effect on health is because the above way of breathing helps to bring the maximum amount of useful oxygen into the body and expel the maximum amount of Co2 gas, reducing the toxic air mass in the bottom of the lungs.
Doing this means that the practitioner has significantly increased the conversion of black blood into red blood, increasing the amount of oxygen in the body.
Breathing exercises mainly use the diaphragm to affect other organs such as the organs in the chest and abdomen, including the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, intestines, and other internal organs.
Not only affects the internal organs, the breathing process also affects the ribs, ribcage, spine, sternum and soft muscle parts in the chest and abdomen.
A panacea: Stomach breathing technique
Doctor Nguyen Khac Vien: I advise you: breathe belly-breath all your life. act like a baby, like two wrestlers… Of course, you have to master the PHONE
The following talk is excerpted from an essay in French by Dr. Nguyen Khac Vien with the title “Human: Dynamic”. Translator Nguyen Minh Kinh, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Labor Culture House Nursing Club
V: You’re out of breath too quickly. With breasts like yours, it’s a shame. Do you know why? Sit down here, breathe for strength
He can’t breathe. Here’s the first mistake: lift your shoulders in an attempt to maximize the upper part of your ribcage. But what about the first rib? They were all bones, rigid, going from the spine to the sternum, the upper part of the ribcage could not expand and contract easily. The lower ribs are soft, the top is cartilaginous, and the bottom ribs are coccyx (so must breathe with the lower part of the chest).
V: I recall the anatomy of the ribcage: the underside is completely soft, can expand to the maximum. Recall the physiology of the respiratory muscles.
M: Diaphragm is the main muscle, shoulder muscle neck muscle is accessory respiratory muscle
V: Then, when you practice breathing, you do the opposite of what anatomical physiology teaches: find a way to expand the hardest part, mobilize the auxiliary muscles, not paying attention to the main muscle.
M: People still teach breathing that way
V: Most of the doctors are bad sportsmen and many gym teachers don’t know physiology. The tragedy is there! For them, exercise is about creating a beautiful body, the chest muscles, shoulder muscles, back muscles are raised, they think that the breath is there. So what are those muscles used for?
M: To move both hands
V: The paradox is this: if you are using your hands, you can’t breathe through your shoulders, and if you breathe through your shoulders, you can’t move your arms and hands.
Look at him on camera: he’s holding his breath. Like a painter, like he is controlling a scalpel… Like a lady embroidering… All day long, each person (sometimes) stops breathing. No wonder they get tired quickly. Two wrestlers are hugging each other: they can’t breathe with their shoulders. Look at their bellies! Baby is sleeping: look at his belly
V: I advise you: breathe belly-breath all your life. act like a baby, like two wrestlers…
Inevitably, you must master the HOPE
In the center, the diaphragm rises and falls like the indent of a pump. Working together, there are abdominal muscles, perineal muscles, making the abdomen “pull” in and then “bulge” up and also add muscles attached to the ribs.
Pull in the abdomen, tighten the lower ribs, bring the diaphragm up, that is exhalation. This is the prime time. Then let all the muscles slowly return to the original position; the lower part of the ribcage expands, the diaphragm descends: that is inhalation.
In short: Exhale the abdomen, exhale, and inhale.
M: So the exact opposite of what people usually do, what a reversed world.
V: That’s right. We have to learn a lot, but we also have to forget a lot of things we have learned. Exhale, which was supposed to be passive, is now an active movement. Inhaling is the opposite.
M: Entering practice breathing… breathing… tired as if out of breath
V: Don’t break the lace furnace! Gently, gently… leisurely, leisurely. Gentle, leisurely. Oxygen is as precious as money. It must be used in moderation. Any excess is harmful. Carbon dioxide must be released, but not all of it. It is a matter of humoral balance. Balance – a key word, balance a physiological mechanism that needs daily use.
Now close your eyes. Don’t be so stiff. Legs loose. Like the dead! Breathe, slowly, gently. Do not move your shoulders. Then he opened his eyes again. In the first session, a minute or two is enough.
M: Is there any benefit to changing the way of breathing?
V: Let’s go back to the diaphragmatic system: the diaphragm, the abdominal belt muscles. The muscles of the chest, heart, lungs and all the organs in the abdomen such as the stomach, liver, intestines, kidneys, uterus… all depend on this system. At the beginning of its operation, this system acts on all of the aforementioned organs. When your heart suddenly stops beating, what do you do? When your heart fails, what do you do?
M: Heart massage… Give heart medication
V: As for me, when my heart is having trouble, I do it myself, not by outsiders, but from the inside, without taking heart medication, but for the second heart to work, which is the system. diaphragm and when it is difficult to breathe, eat and digest, do the same.
M: You don’t take medicine?
V: At least not taking medicine for heart or for easy digestion. The action of the diaphragm system replaces many drugs. It’s really cheap, everyone can do it themselves, anywhere, anytime. Do not import from any country;
M: I’ve put the doctors out of work. What a magic potion
V: It’s not over yet. Women with a well-trained diaphragm have a much easier birth.
Author: Thai Phong -TH (Theo Soha)