Severe Muscle Cramps and Chronic Constipation Have the Same Cause and Simple Solution

By Dr. Artour Rakhimov (

Superficially, cramps in muscles and constipation may look very different. However, there are many similarities. Indeed, constipation and cramps are quite unpleasant and sometimes even painful sensations caused by muscular contraction (spasm). Most physiologists believe that majority of cramps and cases of constipation are caused by increased excitability of the nervous cells that stimulate the muscles to contract.

Both symptoms are very common: majority of modern people experience constipation and muscle cramps during their life. Chronic constipation and and muscle cramps can happen due to dehydration, body fluid shifts, low blood calcium, magnesium, or potassium. Hence, there are many common features.

The Cause of Muscle Cramps

Over 50 years ago, Physiological Reviews published a comprehensive study with the title Physiological effects of hyperventilation by Dr. Brown. This medical doctor wrote, "Studies designed to determine the effects produced by hyperventilation on nerve and muscle have been consistent in their finding on increased irritability" (Brown, 1953). Muscle and nerve cells, in conditions of low CO2 in the arterial blood (called hypocapnia), become abnormally sensitive or overexcited.

Journal of Physiology published the study with the title Cortical CO2 tension and neuronal excitability. The authors showed that carbon dioxide has a strong sedative effect on excessive excitability of brain areas (Krnjevic et al, 1965).

According to a more recent study of Finnish doctors from the Laboratory of Neurology (University of Joensuu, Finland) published in the Experimental Brain Research, overbreathing or low CO2 "leads to spontaneous and asynchronous firing of cortical neurons" (Huttunen et. al, 1999).

There are even more serious effects of heavy breathing. It decreases oxygen level in body cells of all vital organs leading to such problems as cancer and diabetes. Some studies showed that it also causes hypoxia in muscle cells. Here is a mechanism of spasm in muscle cells caused by hyperventilation.

What about constipation

Chronic constipation has the same physiological foundation since it is caused by spasm in smooth muscles of the GI tract. This spasm is also triggered by hypocapnia (low arterial CO2), reduced perfusion (blood supply) to the organs of the digestive system, and low level of oxygen in the body.

Hence, both these problems are caused by chronic hyperventilation that is present in more than 90% of modern people (search the web for "Hyperventilation Prevalence Medical Research"). As a result, both symptoms have the same simple solution: a breathing exercise to get rid of cramps and constipation in about 1-2 minutes. It can be found in the resource box.

Get Rid of Cramps in 1-2 Minutes - Easy breathing exercise from
4 Home Remedies for Constipation - With a simple breathing exercise to relieve constipation in 1-2 minutes
Como deshacerse de los calambres (in Spanish) - How to get rid of cramps with the reduced breathing exercise from has hundreds of medical quotes and references, graphs and charts, tables, analysis of numerous respiratory techniques, results of clinical trials, free breathing exercises, lifestyle modules, manuals, techniques, and other resources to increase cell and body oxygen levels and improve health.

Causes of Muscle Cramps and Spasms

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artour 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for commenting

kcbiehl 3 years ago

I have a suspected ion channelopathy (andersen tawil syndrome) constipation was a horrifying problem for me as a young person,,your article makes total sense to me and all the research Ive read supports it..kcb

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