Breathing Retraining: From Sick/Victims to Superhumans

Buteyko breathing against autumn-winter increased incidences of diseases

(an article from the Russian national magazine "Meditsinskiy Sovet" (Medical Advice), September 2003)

Here is the time of autumn and winter now. Together with it, the chances of respiratory diseases increase, and, hence, we get attacks of asthma, colds, bronchitis, rhinitis, and allergies. It is enough to get overcooled while being outside, breathe cold air through the mouth or have wet feet, and during the evening one has rhinitis, heavy breathing, and necessity to use inhalers and drink antibiotics.

However, blocked nose can be treated within one minute using the simplest Buteyko breathing exercise: try, while slightly holding your breathing, to “hide” the movements of the chest and the abdomen during the process of breathing. Almost immediately there is a feeling of slight air hunger and desire to take a deep breath. Try to resist for one-two minutes this slight air hunger, and the nose will be free to breathe, as if there were no problem. This is not a medical pocus, but an elementary skill to control own breathing. That allows avoiding drugs, when there are first symptoms of the disease. The DIY (do-it-yourself) approach can be used only for this exercise in order to estimate its effect. Regular application of the Buteyko method for treatment of some diseases is possible only under supervision of the doctor.

Moreover, the Buteyko breathing exercises, apart from elimination of the main symptoms of the disease, have a powerful curative effect; and, therefore, they are widely used in medicine here and abroad for treatment of bronchial asthma, allergies, rhinitis, bronchitis, hypertension, and stenocardia.

Nowadays doctors are well aware that the Buteyko method increases immunity and makes the person resistant to viral infections and colds; and its immuno-corrective effects make it possible to fight various forms of allergy. Prince Charles of Wales, during his private meeting with K.P. Buteyko highly praised his scientific discoveries and expressed interest in their use in the British health system.

Yuri Kuklachev, the director and founder of the Theatre of Cats in Moscow, famous and loved in many countries of the world, when asked by his friends, ”How did you manage to get rid of allergy?” answered, ”The Buteyko method cured my allergy!”

To stop coughing, to normalize arterial pressure, or to cope with a cold without drugs – all these results are visible during the first day of the Buteyko treatment. Any asthmatic today knows, that the Buteyko breathing protects him from asthma in case of cold, but regular practice of the breathing exercises allows not only elimination of the symptoms of asthma, but also makes it possible to forget about the disease for 10-15 years. The longest remission of asthma, which was achieved as a result of the Buteyko method, is 35 years. Any form of bronchial asthma can be treated, independently from the severity and duration of the disease. For light and medium forms of asthma, the Buteyko method allows practically immediately to get rid of all medication, to abandon all dietary restrictions, to start physical exercises, and, hence, to return, from the first days, into the life that is normal for majority of people. In case of severe hormone-dependent asthma, the Buteyko breathing exercises allow to significantly reduce the dose of the hormones, to simplify the course of medication, and, with time, to completely wean off drugs.

Today the Buteyko method is modern, safe and efficient not only for asthma and hypertension, but also it is a real opportunity to influence on the processes, which accompany arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol level, abnormal metabolism and reduced immunity. The Buteyko method, in most cases, allows living without drugs and consists of simple breathing exercises and physical exercises adjusted to individual needs. Implementation of the session does not need any special conditions or restrictions. The breathing exercises can be done on the road to work, while a walk could be considered as physical exercise. The breathing exercises are not visible during their execution and they can be done in any circumstances. For example, one of the exercises requires the patient to breathe so quietly that the process of breathing is invisible to others. Small children like this exercise: to breathe quietly-quietly, as a mouse, so that a cat would not notice the mouse and, hence, the cat will not eat it.

The Buteyko Clinic offers several types of programs of treatment with duration from 5 days to 1 year. The duration of the program of treatment depends on the amount of conducted investigations and is defined during an appointment with a doctor. The efficiency of the treatment is very high, and that is proven by remission of bronchial asthma with duration 10-15-35 years.


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