Studies: Conscious breathing is powerful. Changes in the rate/depth of breathing produces changes in the quantity and type of peptides that are released from the brain stem. And vice versa! By consciously either holding your breath or breathing extra fast you cause the peptides to diffuse rapidly throughout the cerebrospinal fluid. Since many of these peptides are endorphins, you can even reduce pain. (Pert, Candace, PhD. Molecules of Emotion. p 186-187. NY: Scribner, 1997.)

Alter primary breathing from one nostril to the other to achieve changes in short-term hemispheric processing. If you want to alter an unwanted state, breathe through the more congested nostril. Breathe through left nostril to stimulate the right hemisphere and vice versa. (Wonder, Jacquelyn and Priscilla Donovan. Whole Brain Thinking. p 45-47. NY: Ballantine Books, 1984.)

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