Regardless of opinions of medical charlatans from ScienceBasedMedicine.org, who in their article title wrote Buteyko Breathing Technique - Nothing to Hyperventilate About, real science tells us that hyperventilation is the norm among people with chronic diseases. It is now the LAW (see the Chart with numbers from 40+ studies).
The Buteyko method was applied clinically during the best ever known clinical trials on cancer and asthma (6 trials).
This breathing technique was created by Doctor Konstantin
Pavlovich Buteyko, MD, PhD, a leading Soviet physiologist. In the early 1960's,
he became the
Manager of the Respiratory Laboratory created for classified scientific research
for Soviet Cosmos and the first outer space missions (including the 1964 flight of Yury Gagarin, the first man in space).
The Buteyko breathing technique (also known as the Buteyko method or
Buteyko breathing method) is a system of activities that include:
- Reduced breathing exercises (similar to meditation in tidal volume, and to pranayama in relation to CO2 increase)
- Daily physical exercise with 100% nose breathing
- Lifestyle changes.
The goal of the Buteyko technique is to normalize one's automatic breathing
pattern (learning how to breathe in accordance with medical norms 24/7)
so as to increase body and brain oxygenation.
Trials and clinical experience suggest that
the method is effective for many other conditions such as heart disease,
diabetes, bronchitis, sleep apnea, and so forth.
Buteyko breath technique and chronic diseases
Dr. Konstantin Buteyko suggested and confirmed using thousands of his patients
- People with chronic health conditions suffer from alveolar hypocapnia (a lack of CO2
in the lungs) due to chronic hyperventilation syndrome
- If these people normalize their unconscious breathing, their symptoms and
diseases are going to disappear.
Key features of the Buteyko breath technique:
- The Buteyko method is approved by
the Russian Ministry of Health
- Used by over 180 Soviet and Russian medical doctors personally trained by Dr.
- Applied by medical doctors on more than 100,000 asthmatics, over
30,000 people with cardiovascular problems and thousands of patients
with other conditions (bronchitis, sleep apnea, diabetes, cancer, HIV, liver
cirrhosis, and so forth)
- Tested by clinical trials both in the USSR and in the West, including 6
Western randomized controlled trials of the Buteyko technique on asthma (with over 90% reduction in
medication) and Soviet trials on HIV-AIDS, radiation disease, heart disease
(cardiovascular disease), liver cirrhosis, hepatitis B, and metastatic cancer
(with 6 times reduction in 3-year mortality).
The technique leads to a better quality of life especially for people with
active lifestyles such as athletes or recruits.
For more information about the history, testimonials of Western physicians,
clinical effects in relation to specific health conditions, clinical trials,
persecutions by Siberian KGB (Soviet secret service), and other
Buteyko-related topics, please use the menu located on the one of the sides.
The major modules that describe Buteyko breathing exercises and
its crucial lifestyle changes are located in the Learning section:
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