Buteyko Method: Breathing Retraining Therapy that … Always Works

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- Updated on November 1, 2020

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

- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD

Dr KP Buteyko, MD, PhD Unlike yoga, meditation and any other health therapy, the major beauty of the Buteyko breathing retraining method is that, if one retrains his or her automatic breathing pattern, this always results in health improvements: less and fewer symptoms due to slower and easier breathing 24/7 with more oxygen in body cells. Eventually, the disease disappears. Thus, the method always works.

However, the method is not easy since making permanent changes in breathing requires lifestyle changes and daily efforts spent on breathing exercises and physical activity.

You surely know about yoga, meditation, mindfulness techniques, Buddhism, and many other things. The Buteyko method includes all these modalities since it provides a solid scientific explanation backed up with hundreds of clinical studies quoted on this site.

The main breathing exercise of the Buteyko technique is about 5,000 years old since it can be found in the most ancient mindfulness meditation Sanskrit text. See more here: mindfulness meditation and breathing.

The Buteyko method was applied during best ever known (in the history of research and medicine) clinical trials on cancer and asthma. See links on the side menu or search this site if you want to know more about that.

The Buteyko method (also known as the Buteyko breathing technique) is a breathing retraining method that includes:
– breathing and physical exercises
– lifestyle changes.

Buteyko Method: Breathing Retraining Therapy that ... Always Works 2

The theory developed by Buteyko suggests that chronic diseases develop (asthma, COPD, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and so forth) due to overbreathing (hyperventilation) that causes low body oxygen levels.

Let us consider clinical evidence related to these statements. Do people with chronic diseases have too heavy breathing at rest?

Breathing rates in healthy, normal people vs diseases

More about the Buteyko method

The more info about the history of this technique, testimonials of Western physicians, clinical effects, medical trials, and other Buteyko-related topics, click here: Buteyko. and Alexander Stalmatski.

The Learning section of this site provides details of the Buteyko breathing exercises and required changes in lifestyle in order to achieve higher body oxygenation and defeat asthma, bronchitis, COPD, and many other common conditions.

The video on the left provides details of the Buteyko body oxygen test. Dr. Artour Rakhimov explains how to perform the Buteyko CP (control pause) test. Resources of this site provide translated Soviet patents, Soviet and Russian medical trials, interviews, articles, and other details related to the Buteyko breathing technique.

Right below here, in the next paragraph, you can get a link to my analysis of the best ever-known clinical trial on cancer. This trial applied reduced breathing exercises (similar to meditation and mindfulness techniques, but with light air hunger) of the Buteyko method.

Follow this link: the Best Cancer Trial.


Below are authentic comments, questions, and testimonials from the same page on the old PHP site before we converted it to WordPress.

On 2015-04-18T05:20:20, Artour Rakhimov (mod) wrote:
If your morning CP is growing, the infection will be defeated.

On 2015-04-14T19:44:50, Anonymous wrote:
Hello, I love the Buteyko method, and thank you for your video tutorial. What if I have a cough with mucus? I would think if you have mucus or phlegm that is a virus or bacteria and if you don’t take care of antibiotics it can only get worse, getting bronchitis or even pneumonia. Am I right?

On 2015-03-18T07:46:43, Artour Rakhimov (mod) wrote:
Maybe your posture is not promoting passive exhalations. The straight spine assists easier breathing with an abdomen and diaphragm.
Yes, exhalations are passive.

On 2015-03-17T15:05:21, Anonymous wrote:
Hi Artour,
I would like to learn the Buteyko technique, but first I need to learn how correct breathing is performed. Due to anxiety, breathing and overbreathing have become a very conscious process, and I feel like I override the natural breathing pattern, it always feels like an effort. In Buteyko, I’ve read that the exhalation is passive (relax every muscle).

This I can do easily when lying down. But when sitting or even harder standing up and I relax every muscle in my abdomen, my belly comes out (full of air) and there is room for very little air to inhale. This means I have to actively exhale which is the opposite of when I’m breathing lying down. The inhale is then done by relaxing the muscles and air comes in. Should the exhale always be passive (lying down, sitting or standing)?

On 2015-01-13T08:11:11, Artour Rakhimov (mod) wrote:
Yes, it should be slower and/or with more breathwork and physical exercise. Andrey’s book “Living without asthma” explains the protocol. The topic is big, I can help if you hire me: http://www.normalbreathing.com/aaa-courses-fees.php

On 2014-12-21T13:16:24, Artour Rakhimov (mod) wrote:

On 2014-12-21T03:31:37, Harold wrote:
If your pulse is only a couple beats higher after an RB session is that mean the exercise was unsuccessful? I almost never get my pulse to drop but i do experience warmer hands more saliva and a higher cp every time.

On 2014-10-01T19:36:55, Josh wrote:
Hello Artour,
I have finished your book on sleeping well naturally. It was a very interesting and thoughtful book, thank you. For the past couple of weeks, I have recorded my CP during the day and in the morning to see how my CP fluctuates as you explain. The problem is my morning CP is usually just as high, if not quite a bit higher than my daytime CP. However, I’m still sleeping quite a bit, usually eight hours a night. What is going on here?

On 2014-07-14T21:44:35, Artour Rakhimov (mod) wrote:
Hard to tell, some personal factors can create this desire. It could be also a sign that you should not do it, like for people with IBD.

On 2014-07-14T18:13:57, Anonymous wrote:
Artour why I feel the need to drink water when I apply strong air hunger? Is this normal?

On 2014-06-19T16:24:42, Thomas wrote:
I understand you had it pretty rough before starting the Buteyko method.

How long did it take you to get 1 hour of exercise every day?

BTW I am starting to take my health back now that I am running on top of martial arts and increasing CP before bed. A lot of good info on this site.

On 2014-05-28T13:28:30, Artour (mod) wrote:
There has never been O2/CO2 balance: you either have both of them or none.
For yoga benefits, see exercise pages for causes: http://www.normalbreathing.com/benefits-of-physical-activity.php and http://www.normalbreathing.com/cardiovascular-endurance.php

On 2014-05-26T19:34:53, Selma wrote:
Also, what is the science/reasoning behind why deep sweating is good for O2/CO2 level balance? I’ve always been drawn to daily exercise and esp. getting a deep sweat, but have never really known why. I’ve also noticed when I do yoga in a very crowded class I feel great afterward…perhaps there is higher levels of CO2 I am breathing in???

On 2014-05-17T08:50:07, Artour (mod) wrote:
Then your morning CP is less than 40 s. Something is missing or wrong with the body since you get headaches. Maybe your CO2 sensitivity is not normal. This topic is covered in detail in one book only “Advanced Buteyko Breathing Exercises”. If I know changes in your pulse (after exercises) and many other details, I can help, but this requires private help.

On 2014-05-16T18:42:30, John wrote:
6 half hours almost always. I do not take any drugs. (neither in the past).

On 2014-05-16T06:59:52, John wrote:
Hello Artour, I have significantly raised my CP (70-80s). However, I get some headaches now when I do the exercises. Could it be my body adjusting to high CO2 levels? It’s been two days since it was raised to that point. My energy has improved, digestion as well. Should I stop the exercises now? It takes too much time to feel the air hunger now.. compared to three days ago. Blood oxygen is always at the highest (98-99).

On 2013-12-28T10:15:15, Anonymous wrote:
PS I have tried lots of things for these problems but no success

On 2013-11-24T19:36:21, Anonymous wrote:
I have breathing difficulties I have had it for months now, I hear it is air hunger I feel like I can’t breathe properly
thanks for this

On 2013-09-24T07:48:48, veritas wrote:
all these are wrong informations. blood CO2 and O2 levels are very balanced by body not by yourself. we are only responsible to set a good environment for body
but trying to change the blood level CO2 etc. all bullshit and doesnt have any scientific base. O2 and CO2 storedege controlled by many things,hemoglobin,Fe,
and other minerals like that…so please stop misinformation people.