Buteyko Method: Does Breathing Less Increase Body O2?

Dr KP Buteyko, MD, PhD You surely know about yoga, meditation, mindfulness techniques, Buddhism and many other things. The Buteyko method includes all these modalities since it provides a solid scientific explanation backed up with hundreds of clinical studies quoted on this site. The main breathing exercise of the Buteyko technique is about 5,000 years old since it can be found in the most ancient mindfulness meditation Sanskrit text. See more here: mindfulness meditation and breathing.

The Buteyko method was applied during best ever known (in history of research and medicine) clinical trials on cancer and asthma. See links on the side menu or search this site if you want to know more about that.

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

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?

Breathing rates in healthy, normal people vs diseases

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 and defeat asthma, bronchitis, COPD and many other common conditions.

The video on the left, provides details of the Buteyko body oxygen test. Dr. Artour Rakhimov explains how to perform the Buteyko CP (control pause) test. Resources of this site provides translated Soviet patents, Soviet and Russian medical trials, interveiws, articles and other details related to the Buteyko breathing technique.

Right below here, in the next paragraph, you can get a link to my analysis of the best ever-known clinical trial on cancer. This trial applied reduced breathing exercises (similar to meditation and mindfulness techniques, but with light air hunger) of the Buteyko method.

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