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Buteyko breathing method:
the only self-oxygenation natural
holistic medical therapy

Low body oxygen level is the normal feature for people with asthma, heart disease, chronic fatigue, bronchitis, cancer, acne, sexual importance, diabetes, and many other disorders. All patients with these conditions have tissue hypoxia.

While measurements of cell oxygen level require special equipment, you can do a simple test that is very sensitive to body oxygen level. Measure your stress-free breath holding time. How it is done? The prominent Russian physiologist who worked for the first Soviet spaceship missions Dr. KP Buteyko, MD was the head of the respiratory laboratory in the 1960s. He stated about 40 years ago, “Oxygen content in the organism can be found using a simple method: after exhalation, observe, how long the person can pause their breath without stress.”

After your usual exhale, pinch your nose and count your BHT (breath holding time) in seconds. Keep nose pinched until you experience the first desire to breathe. Practice shows that this first desire appears together with an involuntary push of the diaphragm or swallowing movement in the throat. (Your body warns you, “Enough!”) If you release the nose and start breathing at this time, you can resume your usual breathing pattern (in the same way as you were breathing prior to the test). Do not extend breath holding too long. This is the most common mistake. You should not gasp for air or open your mouth when you release your nose. The test should be easy and not cause you any stress. The BHT test does not interfere with your usual breathing.

This test became the main measuring tool for about 200 medical professionals who taught the Buteyko breathing method to hundreds thousands of Russian patients with asthma, heart disease, bronchitis, and other conditions. The Buteyko method has over 40 year history of use in the USSR and Russia.

Doctor Buteyko and his medical colleagues found that the following relationships generally hold true:
1-10 s of oxygen - severely sick, critically and terminally ill patients, usually hospitalized.
10-20 s - sick patients with numerous complaints and, often, on daily medication.
20-40 s of oxygen - people with poor health, but often without serious organic problems.
40-60 s - good health.
Over 60 s - ideal health, when many modern diseases are virtually impossible.

For the first time in the history of medicine, a group of doctors, after studying and curing thousands of patients, suggested the standard for ideal health (60 s of oxygen) that provide guarantee from such chronic conditions as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, COPD, arthritis, and many others. Doctor Buteyko followed the idea “Doctor, cure yourself” in relation to doctors that he trained. Thus, 60 s CP became the main requirement for a doctor to teach the Buteyko breathing method to Russian patients.

Their most surprising result is that healthy people breathe little (only 4-6 liters of air per minute), while sick patients breathe about 2-4 times more air than the medical norm. Indeed, there are hundreds of Western studies that found totally the same effect: patients with various health problems have deep and frequent breathing pattern at rest and …low body oxygenation. Hence, restoration of health, according to Doctor Buteyko and his system, should be based on slowing down one’s breath, the same as in hatha yoga. Light, slow, and easy breathing results in better oxygenation.

These ideas may sound counter-intuitive. However, you can apply your observation skills. Watch breathing of your very healthy friends and relatives and you will find out that their breathing is invisible and inaudible. Observe how sick people breathe and you will notice that their breathing is noisy and large. Hence, breathing less should be the goal for the sick.

Doctor Buteyko and some of his colleagues achieved up to 3 min of oxygen using variety of tools and activities (e.g., special physical and breathing exercises, taking cold shower, raw diets, and sleeping on the hard surface). Their maximum breath holding time then would be about 15 minutes! This is, they found, possible for anyone who can change one’s own breathing pattern to very shallow and light one, with only 3-4 breaths per minute at rest. Such people require only about 2 hours for sleep and have amazing clarity of mind.

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