Buteyko testimonials - success stories about breathing retraining
This page contains Buteyko success stories, as well as Buteyko medical testimonials (see below down the page) from general practitioners, nurses and other health professionals, from formerly sick people and those who used the Amazing DIY breathing device and/or Buteyko method to increase their body oxygenation.
If you found this website useful, add your Buteyko or breathing testimonial to
the comment box below and it will be posted on this page. Success stories from
previously sick people are arranged according to health problems and concerns:
- Multiple chemical sensitivities
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Epilepsy seizures
- Chest tightness
- Hypertension and anxiety
- Chronic cough
- General/social anxiety
- Multiple health problems and symptoms.
Buteyko testimonials and success stories from formerly sick people
From: Steve, 46
From: Margaret, 58
From: Ahmed Hussein, 45
From: Greg Neil, 34
From: Anna, 51
From: Marek, 27
2 months ago I found Buteyko method that learned me that doing classic relaxation (3 sec inhale 6 sec inhale) is incorrect. I tried my CP and that was about 5 sec. My respiratory system was always at strong tense. I bought several books about Buteyko (included your Advanced Buteyko method, which is probably the best and the most educative) and I began to create air hunger all the days.At the beginning it was extremely hard for me because I was always suffocated.
Although I used to weight lift 3x per week, my stamina/endurance was extremely terrible. Therefore, I bought a bike and stacionary bike and I am working on it at least 30 min per day at pulse 130-150.
After a month I began to feel MUUUCH BETTER and today my CP is usually 20-25 sec.
(... His questions – for details, see http://www.normalbreathing.com/diseases-anxiety-breathing-disorders.php)
Thank you very much.
From: Mike, 26
From: Susan, 56
From: Andrea, 27
From: Sandra Henderson, 67
From: Bret, 23
From: Rick, 37
From: Otto, 63
From: Mary, 45
From: Huan, 27
From: Michelle, 29
From: Randy-Wayne: Fricke
From: Larry, 21
Using the FREE breathing exercises on this site, I have eliminated: constipation, blocked nose, a desire to cough, cold hands and feet, an inability to sleep, a lack of focus, sleepiness in the morning, and nervousness (or stage fright).
I will definitively be working to improve my CP as well.
Artour, thank you for this priceless information.
Following lifestyle suggestions and breathing exercises from this site has improved my periods cramps from extremely painful to mild and painful benign breast lumps to almost non existent. Headaches almost gone, by following instructions on removal of focal infections.
Also it use to take me 1 hour to fall asleep, now it takes 10 minutes.
I've got a long way to go as my MCP is 13, with a painful skin condition and bad digestion problems, but so far it has been worth it.
Thank you for your dedication in sharing this valuable health knowledge. Words can't express how helpful this understanding has been.
From: Volker, 40
I am forty years old. My daily cp is between 50 and 60 depending on exercise and food. My pulse is around 55 when relaxed. I started with 25-30cp in the day and 17 in the morning, probable because I did sports all my life. Mouth taping, exercise (with mask, the DIY breathing device and reduced breathing very often) and some other things made me double my cp quite fast. The effects of the method in my case:
I don't drink coffee no more, because I never get tired anymore. And my heart rate rises 10-20%, wich feels uncomfortable, if drinking it. I cant stand smoking no more, although I was a weekend smoker with 0-10 cigarettes a month all my life. I can run 10 km with elevation-mask every day easily, as well as additionally hours of other activities... all with fun. Working 60 hours or more a week are normal (which is mostly fun also). I use less blankets and never feel cold. I fall to sleep very fast now. My concentration is way better leading me to better skills in all areas (social, science, music, wushu and yoga ec.). I only sleep 5 to 6 hours and probable could live excellent with even less. I lost 8 pounds without aiming it. I feel spiritually empowered and I am able to understand the essence and logic of everything I am dealing with, if I intend. The only problem: I want to help many people, because they have big problems. This often is not possible, because of suppressed knowledge of Dr. Buteyko, the lack of intelligence in people (because of wrong breathing) and because of my little experience with explaining it in a way, that is appropriate for the individual in a psychological and intellectual sense. Thank u very much Artour. I was looking 20 years for the key. I read hundreds of spiritual or philosophical books. And I had very experienced masters in different areas for long. But now it feels, as if I came to some final solutions. The method is the answer for questions I carried around for decades. I hope I can stay motivated to get to 180 cp...probable it will be very surprising.
His update from March 2013. The combination of RB in the sauna, 25m diving after exhalation in the pool 10 times and one time 50m after inhalation, 40 min yoga with RB and 40 min rowing and cycling with the Training Mask in the morning took me over 70 s CP today. I love to be creative with exercise!!! Thanks Artour for inspiration...without you I would still breath through my mouth at night for 8-9 hours instead of 5 (or less) without that bad habit. Oh dear... I should count the extra hours from now on! What a priceless gift you presented to us. I hope next morning my CP will be nice too And my passion for exercise makes me very curious about your book [about Buteyko breathing exercises], although I have three of yours already.
Buteyko Testimonials of Medical Practitioners
Dr. S. N. Paschenko, MD, Zaporozhsky State Institute of Further Medical Education, Zaporozhie, Ukraine, from the best ever known clinical trial on cancer: "It was established that the elimination of hyperventilation and hypocapnia in patients with breast cancer (T1-2N1M0) after the completion of the special treatment led to an increased three-year survival rate, better quality of life, including released fear of unfavorable outcomes of the treatment, improved working ability, easier social adaptation and relief of edema of upper extremities... the three-year survival rate after surgeries was 95.5% in patients of the main group, and 75.5% in the control group (p<0.05)."
“Those practising Buteyko Breathing Technique reduced
hyperventilation and their use of beta2-agonists. A trend toward
reduced inhaled steroid use and better quality of life was observed in
these patients without objective changes in measures of airway calibre.”
"The simple fact is that 34 patients, prior to Buteyko, were costing
$15,000 for their asthma medication," he said. "After Buteyko, they
were costing $5,000. That's a reduction of two-thirds in their drugs
bill. If this was extended to the rest of the country, very significant
savings could be made."
"I have experienced the Buteyko breathing technique both personally
and professionally and found it to be a very effective treatment for
asthma. I experienced substantial relief and improvement for my
lifelong asthma and rhinitis within 3 days of starting my treatment
seminar and the results have proved to be long-lasting. I was so
impressed that I have now trained as a Buteyko practitioner."
"Professor Buteyko's principles are entirely consistent with the
physiological facts established by medical research 120 years ago. The
Buteyko system makes use of the person's own resources and trains them
in taking responsibility for their own health. They become less
dependant on outside agencies such as hospitals, doctors and
physiotherapists, thereby reducing the costs to the health service".
"I've been astonished and also very pleased with the excellent
result. There is no disruption of their life at all by their disease:
normal activities; not waking at night; not needing to use any reliever
medications. It's just great...75% control is about as good as anyone
has got in any study of asthma. The neat thing about it is that it has
no side effects. It's very safe. The Buteyko technique certainly has
been shown to be an important adjunct to treatment."
"It changed my life. Before, I could barely walk up stairs now I can
manage a 10-mile hike. I was using my puffer four times a day as well
as steroids and now I"m off all drugs."
"The Buteyko Institute Method provides a comprehensive approach to
achieving safe and effective asthma control. I find that the Buteyko
Institute Method helps control asthma through simple breathing
exercises and asthma education, rather than medication. the method
respects the doctor-patient relationship, teaching patients to control
their reliever medication, only stepping down steroids under rather
than medication. The method respects the doctor-patient relationship,
teaching patients to control their reliever medication, only stepping
down steroids under medical supervision. This is in line with accepted
'best practice' asthma management worldwide."
"Over the last two years I have examined many patients before and
after the [Buteyko] course and found the improvement to be repeatable
to the degree that patients in over 90% of cases can stop medical
treatment, or reduce it to less than half, of that, which was
previously required. I attended the tutorials and found the approach,
tuition and the method to be responsible and safe. As a medical doctor
and Naturopath, I am impressed and surprised at the effectiveness and
safety of this natural approach..."
"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Buteyko Technique
works," said Doctor Bob Cowie MD, resident Respirologist at the Foothills
Hospital and Manager of Calgary Buteyko Clinical Trial. "The results of this
study shows it is a wonderful adjunct to conventional treatment of Asthma. We
had super results that no one else has been able to match even with the best
"This study clearly demonstrates that teaching people with asthma to
breathe correctly with the Buteyko Institute Method provides
significant improvements. The Buteyko Institute Method will be the key
in reducing patients' reliance on their inhalers and helping people
manage their asthma with significantly less medication and feeling more
in control of their condition."
"... My book, Every Breath You Take, was the result of six years of
research into the Buteyko Method and the results it has achieved for
asthma sufferers. The results are astonishing and suggest a direct link
between our breathing patterns and our level of health."
"As lung specialists we know from clinical experience that even
spending a small amount of time teaching patients how to manage their
condition and control their breathing appropriately can reduce both the
number of asthma attacks and improve their quality of life."
“This method was originally designed to help people overcome asthma,
yet the benefits extend to many different maladies. If you have asthma,
snoring, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, high blood
pressure, chronic cough, anxiety or panic, insomnia or any other
stress-related condition, I would encourage you to learn more about
this. If it sounds a bit like snake oil, it’s only because breathing,
specifically poor breathing technique, is the cornerstone to so many
breathing disorders. Learning to breathe properly can result in a
dramatic improvement in your health and significantly reduce the amount
of medication used for chronic conditions.”
"Having heard remarkable reports from my patients who did the
Buteyko course, my son and I tried it out. I learned how to eliminate a
migraine headache and my son's asthma, made worse by cold and exercise
was noticeably better just by doing the exercises. At the six weeks
follow-up everyone had made progress, e.g. from asthma, fatigue from
sleep problems, snoring, sleep apnea, anxiety, panic attacks and
improvement in athletic performance. And there was a sense of
confidence that the exercises could continue to provide relief of
symptoms. I noticed my sleep quality was better too. I feel confident
in recommending this course to my patients who have asthma, sleep
problems, anxiety and panic attacks and sleep apnea. I believe every
health professional should experience the course for themselves. The
theory in itself is well worth hearing as it makes sense and its
practical application is the evidence of its efficacy. It's quite
possible that Buteyko breathing could have much wider health
"I work in General Practice and the knowledge that I gained from
Glenn’s course has been invaluable to my understanding of some the
health problems presenting in the people I see. I cannot imagine
practising medicine without the understanding I now have of the impact
of faulty breathing on health. I highly recommend the Buteyko Course.
It is very useful for asthma but also chronic hay fever and snoring and
has a role to play in the management of anxiety."
"Glenn has helped many of my patients and empowered them to move
beyond their asthma. With his Buteyko techniques they have been able to
reduce inhaler use significantly. He has been particularly successful
with children – they love Glenn's enthusiastic style. I have no
hesitation in recommending Glenn and his techniques to patients."
"As a General Practitioner for twenty five years I have often been
dissatisfied with the disease control and quality of life achieved by
my asthmatic patients. The common thread despite their use of
medication correctly has been poor perception and attitude towards
their illness, often with fear of loss of control. All of my patients
who have been referred to Buteyko have returned with a much stronger
attitude towards monitoring symptoms and controlling their condition.
This has for every patient resulted in much greater self-confidence and
improved enjoyment of life, often with reduced need for medication,
especially during exacerbations. I have found Glenn extremely
consultative about my patients, completely professional in his
approach, and especially co-operative about my recommendations for
medication. At no time has he suggested alteration to inhaler
programmes without full consultation and I have been impressed to find
that his suggestions have invariably been wise treatment changes. I
therefore have complete confidence in referring my patients to him for
Buteyko teaching and enjoy their renewed enthusiasm for life and
control of their asthma."
“The ability to produce marked reductions in asthma-drug utilisation
suggests that the pharmaco-economic implications of BBT merit further
study. Clarification of the mechanisms underlying the effectiveness
of BBT is a further goal, given that BBT appears to represent a safe,
efficacious alternative for the management of asthma...All published
studies on the Buteyko breathing technique, including one which we
performed in Gisborne, have shown positive results. Reductions of
reliever medications averaged 85 to 95 per cent and reductions in
preventer medication 40 to 50 per cent.”
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