Breathe Better, Be Healthier!
with the Buteyko Breathing Method
“Few people, lay or
professional, know that (1) breathing directly regulates body chemistry,
electrolyte balance, blood flow, hemoglobin chemistry, and
kidney function, and that (2) breathing is a behavior subject to the
same principles of learning as any other behavior, including the role of
motivation, reinforcement, emotion, attention, perception, and memory.
Bringing together these two simple facts means integrating the
biological and behavioral sciences in profoundly practical ways relevant
to the lives of millions who have unwittingly learned breathing
behaviors that compromise respiration and acid-base balance.
Fundamental to good respiration is the proper allocation of carbon
dioxide; some of it is excreted in the lungs, but most of it is
necessarily restored to the body for moment-to-moment acid-base
regulation. Learned over breathing behavior results in a carbon dioxide
deficit (behavioral hypocapnia) leading to an increased pH level in
blood plasma (respiratory alkalosis) which may have profound immediate
and long-term effects that trigger, exacerbate, and/or cause a wide
variety of emotional (anxiety, anger), cognitive (attention, learning),
behavioral (public speaking, test taking), and physical (pain, asthma)
changes that may seriously impact health and performance. And,
unfortunately, these kinds of symptoms and deficits typically go
“unexplained” or are mistakenly attributed to other unrelated causes,
e.g. an easy off-hand reference to stress. Over breathing is the most
common form of faulty breathing in the nation, accounting for up to
sixty percent of the ambulance runs in the nation’s major cities.”1
Buteyko Breathing method is a natural way of correcting poor
health and reducing the symptoms of asthma, allergies,
sinusitis, panic attacks, stress, snoring, and sleep apnea and
other disorders caused by a dysfunctional breathing
pattern (chronic over-breathing).
is a holistic approach that includes the special Buteyko breathing
techniques and principles about exercise, nutrition and sleep that Dr.
Konstantin Buteyko considered vital to good health. It consists of
series of exercises designed to normalize the breathing pattern and
reset the respiratory center. Clinical trial results show improved
quality of life with reduced asthma symptoms, as well as a 96% reduction
in reliever use and a 49% reduction in preventer medication three months
after adopting the Buteyko method.
Buteyko Breathing Method was developed by Russian doctor and
respiratory specialist Konstantine Buteyko, in the 1940’s. His method
underwent extensive research in the ’50’s and was finally implemented
into widespread use by the medical community in the 80’s. The Buteyko
method is virtually unknown in the USA, but has received considerable
recognition in Europe and Australia with six independent published
trials in respectable medical journals, inclusion as an asthma therapy
by a number of hospitals, debated in UK House of Parliament and offered
by health insurance companies as a members's benefit.
M. and Tsuda, Akira Good breathing, bad breathing. L’Esprit
D’aujourdhui (2006); 8 (1), 47-57.
(In Japanese, long version in English available at
Come and learn the underlying causes of asthma, sleep apnea, snoring,
allergies, dental malocclusion, TMJ & other breathing related illnesses
and drastically Reduce or End Symptoms of these conditions and/or
eventually eliminate the need for medication, machines or appliances
that are associated with these disorders.
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