The most ZOMG breathing technique to relieve constipation I have ever heard of is the Ukrainian method Buteyko. It is claimed if you are able to hold enough carbon dioxide in your body for sufficient time - you have to sit on a toilet bowl as you put this technique into practice or suffer the consequences a minute later.
Can a certain method of breathing be really faster than enema, the fastest acting laxative? I would wait for more conclusive study results in the future, hopefully.
The runner-up on my ZOMG list is this shirtless white guy ( ----> video embedded on the right column ) totally demonstrating Chinese "kung fu" rather than teaching you to exhale for evacuation. Avid readers of Chinese martial art novel would link him to a practitioner of "Ha ma gong" or, "toad kung fu". Other than that, I do agree abdominal breathing make sense, but personally I prefer not to breath as loud as a toad.
WHY ABDOMINAL BREATHING?
We breath only abdominally as infants. Ah this explains why infants are so cherubic : abdominal breathing calms the nervous system immediately, acting like a beta-blocker minus the side-effects. As we grow up into chest breathers, past memories even from very long time ago can still make our gut twist in agony.
Perhaps this is the reason the belly button is thought to be the center of the sensitive gut, acting like a "fourth eye" that helps us experience worldly emotions and we tend to center on the belly button for relaxation.
Abdominal breathing " not only purifies sinus, cleans nasal passages, lungs and the whole respiratory system,but also improves the digestive functioning and relieves constipation," observes the book A Text-book of Gynecology: Designed for the Student and General Practitioner, Volume 3
Folks who need to retrain their pelvic floor reflexes, are advised to try abdominal breathing, tilting the pelvis forward during inhalation and backward during exhalation while flattening the lumbar spine - to help the pelvic floor feel the urge of rectum filling. This case, they have a legitimate reason to do it on a toilet bowl.
Apparently, biofeedback which includes breathing technique is more suitable than laxatives in helping constipation due to the pelvic floor muscle inability to relax during bowel movement. In a biofeedback session, patients are first taught to strain more effective and coordinate the expulsion with breathing.
There are lots of exercises such as abdominal exercises, yoga, qigong, meridian exercises and etc, that should be coordinated with abdominal breathing techniqe.
You can stand, sit, or lay down as long as you are comfortable. For instance, bending the knees if you feel discomfort in the waist or breathing.
The principle is to inhale all the way down to the belly button and then deflating the belly button towards the spine - in a relaxed mode. The mind plays an important role in abdominal breathing technique. You have to use the mind to concentrate on the path of your breathing, to dispel any disturbing thoughts, to focus on being relaxed.
Inhale with nose, exhale with mouth? Generally that's the "rule" presented by most breathing techniques. I have also come across instruction that doesn't indicate at all the nose or mouth usage! Frequency recommended : at least once to maximum of four times daily, each session about 10 minutes.
1. The Healthy Gut Workbook: Whole-Body Healing for Heartburn, Ulcers, Constipation, IBS, Diverticulosis, and More by Victor Sierpina
2. A Text-book of Gynecology: Designed for the Student and General Practitioner, Volume 3 by C. Cowperthwaite
3. The 5-Minute Consult Clinical Companion to Women's Health by Kelly A. McGarry
4. Meridian Exercise For Self-Healing: Classified By Common Symptoms by Ilchi Lee
5. 2007 Johns Hopkins White Papers: Digestive Disorders by Sergey Kantsevoy
6. Curbside Consultation of the Colon: 49 Clinical Questions edited by Brooks D. Cash