Breathing Retraining: Health Therapy That Always Works

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- Updated on July 29, 2023

Breathing Retraining: Health Therapy That Always Works 1By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author

- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD

Breathing slower and less: the greatest health discovery ever

Yet, to my knowledge, it is one of the most challenging health therapies since the students are required to make changes in their automatic (or unconscious) breathing patterns in the right direction. Which direction?

Breathing Retraining: Health Therapy That Always Works 2While breathing 2-3 times more than the medical norm, most people believe that they have good or “normal” breathing.

Some of them even say that their breathing is barely noticeable. But normal breathing is so tiny that healthy people experience virtually no sensations in relation to their breathing at rest.

Over 90% of modern people suffer from breathing problems. The common problems include chest breathing, mouth breathing, and hyperventilation (increased minute ventilation). All of these factors reduce oxygen levels in body cells and promote chronic diseases.

Minute ventilation rates (chronic diseases)

Condition Minute
Number of
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Normal breathing 6 L/min Medical textbooks
Healthy Subjects 6-7 L/min >400 Results of 14 studies
Heart disease 15 (+-4) L/min 22 Dimopoulou et al, 2001
Heart disease 16 (+-2) L/min 11 Johnson et al, 2000
Heart disease 12 (+-3) L/min 132 Fanfulla et al, 1998
Heart disease 15 (+-4) L/min 55 Clark et al, 1997
Heart disease 13 (+-4) L/min 15 Banning et al, 1995
Heart disease 15 (+-4) L/min 88 Clark et al, 1995
Heart disease 14 (+-2) L/min 30 Buller et al, 1990
Heart disease 16 (+-6) L/min 20 Elborn et al, 1990
Pulm hypertension 12 (+-2) L/min 11 D’Alonzo et al, 1987
Cancer 12 (+-2) L/min 40 Travers et al, 2008
Diabetes 12-17 L/min 26 Bottini et al, 2003
Diabetes 15 (+-2) L/min 45 Tantucci et al, 2001
Diabetes 12 (+-2) L/min 8 Mancini et al, 1999
Diabetes 10-20 L/min 28 Tantucci et al, 1997
Diabetes 13 (+-2) L/min 20 Tantucci et al, 1996
Asthma 13 (+-2) L/min 16 Chalupa et al, 2004
Asthma 15 L/min 8 Johnson et al, 1995
Asthma 14 (+-6) L/min 39 Bowler et al, 1998
Asthma 13 (+-4) L/min 17 Kassabian et al, 1982
Asthma 12 L/min 101 McFadden, Lyons, 1968
COPD 14 (+-2) L/min 12 Palange et al, 2001
COPD 12 (+-2) L/min 10 Sinderby et al, 2001
COPD 14 L/min 3 Stulbarg et al, 2001
Sleep apnea 15 (+-3) L/min 20 Radwan et al, 2001
Liver cirrhosis 11-18 L/min 24 Epstein et al, 1998
Hyperthyroidism 15 (+-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 (+-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 (+-2) L/min 134 Han et al, 1997
Panic disorder 12 (+-5) L/min 12 Pain et al, 1991
Bipolar disorder 11 (+-2) L/min 16 MacKinnon et al, 2007
Dystrophia myotonica 16 (+-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 a further reduction in body oxygen levels.

Breathing parameters in ordinary people are slightly better. However, this is much worse than it was during the first decades of the 20th century.
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Hence, normal breathing corresponds to a healthy organism” Dr. K. P. Buteyko, Dr. Buteyko’s Lecture in the Moscow State University on 9 December 1969.

Among the main causes of over-breathing in the modern population are drastic changes in diet and a lack of physical exercise with 100% nose breathing.

During the 1960’s-70’s, consumption of carbohydrates (both, sugars and starches) was dramatically increased, the Food Pyramid was invented and became popular, and dietary fats became enemies.

This website has over 500 web pages. It is based on hundreds of clinical studies quoted here. It is very possible that you can improve your health, become free from your medical problems, and achieve normal or even superior fitness following the ideas described on this website.

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Best ever-known clinical trials on asthma and cancer: breathing exercises

The best ever clinical trials on cancer (6 times less mortality for an experimental group with metastatic cancer) and asthma (over 90% reduction in medication in 6 independent Western trials) involved the same breathing exercises of one breathing technique.

This breathing technique is officially approved by one Ministry of Health and the BTS (British Thoracic Society) to treat asthma. In fact, in 2015 the BTS provided an A++ score to this breathing technique for the treatment of asthma.

This is far better than meditation, any yoga modality, or any other alternative health option. The team of over 150 medical doctors also had successful clinical pilot trials (approbations) of the same therapy on people with hypertension, radiation disease, hepatitis B, liver cirrhosis, and even HIV-AIDS.

The bonus content provides the name of this legendary breathing technique and links to these astonishing results.

The name of this therapy is the “Buteyko breathing method”.

See also the best cancer trial and all Buteyko clinical trials.


Natural lifestyle choices before and after breathing retraining

Lifestyle factor: Body oxygen < 30 s Body oxygen > 50 s
Energy level Medium, low, or very low High
Desire to exercise Not strong, but possible Craving and joy of exercise
Intensive exercise with nose breathing Hard or impossible Easy and effortless
Typical mind states Confusion, anxiety, depression Focus, concentration, clarity
Craving for sugar and junk foods Present Absent
Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs Possible Absent
Desire to eat raw foods Weak and rare Very common and natural
Correct posture Rare and requires efforts Natural and automatic
Sleep Often of poor quality; > 7 hours Excellent quality; < 5 hours naturally

While this breathing technique and its breathing exercises may sound new to most people, they are in fact over 5,000 years old. You can find out the same and similar meditation and mindfulness breathing exercises in the ancient Sanskrit texts.

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This site also offers effective natural home remedies to get rid of a stuffy nose, stop coughing (even at night), relieve constipation and fall asleep fast using the reduced breathing meditation exercise and lifestyle techniques.

The typical success rates for these remedies are about 80-90%, and these methods work in 1-3 minutes since they address the cause of symptoms and health problems. Check out the side link for specific solutions.

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