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)

Number of
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Normal breathing6 L/minMedical textbooks
Healthy Subjects6-7 L/min>400Results of 14 studies
Heart disease15 (+-4) L/min22Dimopoulou et al, 2001
Heart disease16 (+-2) L/min11Johnson et al, 2000
Heart disease12 (+-3) L/min132Fanfulla et al, 1998
Heart disease15 (+-4) L/min55Clark et al, 1997
Heart disease13 (+-4) L/min15Banning et al, 1995
Heart disease15 (+-4) L/min88Clark et al, 1995
Heart disease14 (+-2) L/min30Buller et al, 1990
Heart disease16 (+-6) L/min20Elborn et al, 1990
Pulm hypertension12 (+-2) L/min11D’Alonzo et al, 1987
Cancer12 (+-2) L/min40Travers et al, 2008
Diabetes12-17 L/min26Bottini et al, 2003
Diabetes15 (+-2) L/min45Tantucci et al, 2001
Diabetes12 (+-2) L/min8Mancini et al, 1999
Diabetes10-20 L/min28Tantucci et al, 1997
Diabetes13 (+-2) L/min20Tantucci et al, 1996
Asthma13 (+-2) L/min16Chalupa et al, 2004
Asthma15 L/min8Johnson et al, 1995
Asthma14 (+-6) L/min39Bowler et al, 1998
Asthma13 (+-4) L/min17Kassabian et al, 1982
Asthma12 L/min101McFadden, Lyons, 1968
COPD14 (+-2) L/min12Palange et al, 2001
COPD12 (+-2) L/min10Sinderby et al, 2001
COPD14 L/min3Stulbarg et al, 2001
Sleep apnea15 (+-3) L/min20Radwan et al, 2001
Liver cirrhosis11-18 L/min24Epstein et al, 1998
Hyperthyroidism15 (+-1) L/min42Kahaly, 1998
Cystic fibrosis15 L/min15Fauroux et al, 2006
Cystic fibrosis10 L/min11Browning et al, 1990
Cystic fibrosis*10 L/min10Ward et al, 1999
CF and diabetes*10 L/min7Ward et al, 1999
Cystic fibrosis16 L/min7Dodd et al, 2006
Cystic fibrosis18 L/min9McKone et al, 2005
Cystic fibrosis*13 (+-2) L/min10Bell et al, 1996
Cystic fibrosis11-14 L/min6Tepper et al, 1983
Epilepsy13 L/min12Esquivel et al, 1991
CHV13 (+-2) L/min134Han et al, 1997
Panic disorder12 (+-5) L/min12Pain et al, 1991
Bipolar disorder11 (+-2) L/min16MacKinnon et al, 2007
Dystrophia myotonica16 (+-4) L/min12Clague 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 sBody oxygen > 50 s
Energy levelMedium, low, or very lowHigh
Desire to exerciseNot strong, but possibleCraving and joy of exercise
Intensive exercise with nose breathingHard or impossibleEasy and effortless
Typical mind statesConfusion, anxiety, depressionFocus, concentration, clarity
Craving for sugar and junk foodsPresentAbsent
Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugsPossibleAbsent
Desire to eat raw foodsWeak and rareVery common and natural
Correct postureRare and requires effortsNatural and automatic
SleepOften of poor quality; > 7 hoursExcellent 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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