How Does Buteyko Work?

Imagine needing less medicine because your asthma symptoms are entirely under control...This is no longer the realm of fantasy, according to clinical trials of the Buteyko Method for asthma.

Several trials showed that uncontrolled medicated asthmatics who completed Buteyko Programs actually reduced their asthma symptoms by over seventy percent!
This in turn, allowed them to drastically reduce the need for rescue meds as they had no asthma attacks, and later, they were able to safely reduce preventer medications with their doctor's supervision.

Professor Buteyko's discovery:

The Buteyko method is a series of breathing exercises offered as a program that is tailored to suit the patients history.
The program was developed by Professor Konstantin Pavlovitch Buteyko in the 1950's.
The Buteyko Method (as it has become known) was controversial as it used lesser known scientific principles to increase oxygen delivery, instead of the usual customary deep breathing practices. Buteyko's method used no yoga, deep breathing, or meditation techniques and had high success rates although it seemed as if participants were not "doing" very much.

The program was developed to normalize stressed breathing patterns due to illness and to assist with reversal of metabolic symptoms created due to imbalance in homeostatic controls. Patients who were encouraged to do the breathing retraining exercises had great results for all manner of chronic illnesses.

Professor Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko's method was widely used in communist countries that could not access or afford the usual pharmaceutical health care, and only became known in the West in the early 1990s.

Professor Buteyko's interest in respiration and it's effects on overall health stemmed from observations of terminally ill patients and measuring their respiratory functions as a young medic.
He noted that people who are ill hyperventilate - or breathe more air - than people who are well, and hypothesized that if they could return the breathing pattern to normal this may have a beneficial effect.

His system of calming and normalizing the breathing had astounding results. In most cases he found that symptoms would greatly reduce or even disappear altogether due to the massive increases in oxygen and energy supply to the tissues when healthy breathing is restored.

Is there a test I can do to see if Buteyko will help me?

Click here to download a PDF symptom checklist to help determine whether you need to restore your normal breathing patterns. It sometimes helps to have someone else do the test for you - as many of us aren't always aware of how we breathe. If you scored higher than 3 points for six or more of the questions, then you can be certain that you need to address your breathing.

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    11-25 April 2018
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