Normal Breathing Defeats Chronic Diseases

Buteyko Method: Does It Increase Body Oxygenation?

Dr KP Buteyko, MD, PhD The Buteyko method (also known as the Buteyko breathing technique) is a breathing retraining method that include:
- breathing and physical exercises
- lifestyle changes.

This method was applied during best ever known clinical trials on cancer and asthma.

The theory developed by Buteyko suggests that chronic diseases develop (asthma, COPD, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and so forth) due to overbreathing (hyperventilation) that causes low body oxygen levels.

Let us consider clinical evidence related to these statements. Do people with chronic diseases have too heavy breathing at rest?

Minute ventilation rates (chronic diseases)

Condition Minute
ventilation
Number of
people
All references or
click below for abstracts
Normal breathing 6 L/min - Medical textbooks
Healthy Subjects 6-7 L/min >400 Results of 14 studies
Heart disease 15 (~+mn~4) L/min 22 Dimopoulou et al, 2001
Heart disease 16 (~+mn~2) L/min 11 Johnson et al, 2000
Heart disease 12 (~+mn~3) L/min 132 Fanfulla et al, 1998
Heart disease 15 (~+mn~4) L/min 55 Clark et al, 1997
Heart disease 13 (~+mn~4) L/min 15 Banning et al, 1995
Heart disease 15 (~+mn~4) L/min 88 Clark et al, 1995
Heart disease  14 (~+mn~2) L/min 30 Buller et al, 1990
Heart disease 16 (~+mn~6) L/min 20 Elborn et al, 1990
Pulm hypertension 12 (~+mn~2) L/min 11 D'Alonzo et al, 1987
Cancer 12 (~+mn~2) L/min 40 Travers et al, 2008
Diabetes 12-17 L/min 26 Bottini et al, 2003
Diabetes 15 (~+mn~2) L/min 45 Tantucci et al, 2001
Diabetes 12 (~+mn~2) L/min 8 Mancini et al, 1999
Diabetes 10-20 L/min 28 Tantucci et al, 1997
Diabetes 13 (~+mn~2) L/min 20 Tantucci et al, 1996
Asthma 13 (~+mn~2) L/min 16 Chalupa et al, 2004
Asthma 15 L/min 8 Johnson et al, 1995
Asthma 14 (~+mn~6) L/min 39 Bowler et al, 1998
Asthma 13 (~+mn~4) L/min 17 Kassabian et al, 1982
Asthma 12 L/min 101 McFadden, Lyons, 1968
COPD 14 (~+mn~2) L/min 12 Palange et al, 2001
COPD 12 (~+mn~2) L/min 10 Sinderby et al, 2001
COPD 14 L/min 3 Stulbarg et al, 2001
Sleep apnea 15 (~+mn~3) L/min 20 Radwan et al, 2001
Liver cirrhosis 11-18 L/min 24 Epstein et al, 1998
Hyperthyroidism 15 (~+mn~1) L/min 42 Kahaly, 1998
Cystic fibrosis 15 L/min 15 Fauroux et al, 2006
Cystic fibrosis 10 L/min 11 Browning et al, 1990
Cystic fibrosis* 10 L/min 10 Ward et al, 1999
CF and diabetes* 10 L/min 7 Ward et al, 1999
Cystic fibrosis 16 L/min 7 Dodd et al, 2006
Cystic fibrosis 18 L/min 9 McKone et al, 2005
Cystic fibrosis* 13 (~+mn~2) L/min 10 Bell et al, 1996
Cystic fibrosis 11-14 L/min 6 Tepper et al, 1983
Epilepsy 13 L/min 12 Esquivel et al, 1991
CHV 13 (~+mn~2) L/min 134 Han et al, 1997
Panic disorder 12 (~+mn~5) L/min 12 Pain et al, 1991
Bipolar disorder 11 (~+mn~2) L/min 16 MacKinnon et al, 2007
Dystrophia myotonica 16 (~+mn~4) L/min 12 Clague et al, 1994

Note that advanced stages of asthma can lead to lung destruction, ventilation-perfusion mismatch,
and arterial hypercapnia causing further reduction in body oxygen levels.

More about the Buteyko method

The more info about history of this technique, testimonials of Western physicians, clinical effects, medical trials, and other Buteyko-related topics, click here: Buteyko. and Alexander Stalmatski.

The Learning section of this site provides details of the Buteyko breathing exercises and required changes in lifestyle in order to achieve higher body oxygenation.

 The video on the left, provides details of the Buteyko body oxygen test.

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