Buteyko testimonials - success stories about breathing retraining By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author - Last updated on August 9, 2018
page contains Buteyko success stories, as well as Buteyko medical testimonials
(see below down the page) from general practitioners, nurses and other health
professionals, from formerly sick people and those who used the Amazing DIY
breathing device and/or Buteyko method to increase their body oxygenation.
If you found this website useful, add your Buteyko or breathing testimonial to
the comment box below and it will be posted on this page. Success stories from
previously sick people are arranged according to health problems and concerns:
- Multiple chemical sensitivities
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Epilepsy seizures
- Chest tightness
- Hypertension and anxiety
- Chronic cough
- General/social anxiety
- Multiple health problems and symptoms.
Buteyko testimonials and success stories from formerly sick people
From: Steve, 46
I was an asthmatic for over 30 years since my early
teens. In my late teens, I gained about 40 pounds and got all kinds of awful
health problems. I was on two different inhalers (10-15 times a day) and
nebulizers (1-2 a day). I was in the emergency room every month. During each
trip I felt miserable and disgusting there. When I found Buteyko, my CP was 8
seconds. I started to practice breathing exercises with my own DIY device 3
times per day and my morning CP went up to about 25 s after 4 weeks. I was truly
amazed. Now I'm in control of my personal health again: no medication at all. I
am not reacting to triggers like mold, dust mites or other airborne irritants
anymore. Even if you had asthma for decades, the Buteyko therapy can make a big
difference! All my symptoms are gone… I breathe shallowly through my nose, and
that has been the foundation of my success. Thank you, Artour, for your care
about simple people.
From: Margaret, 58
I've had asthma since infancy..… Solution? It involves
breathing exercises practiced diligently until the body learns to breathe
normally. This program (www.normalbreathing.com) with the DIY breathing device
is phenomenal. I have not used my puffer once since starting a month ago,
compared with 15-20 puffs a day prior. My initial CP was about 9 s! In 3 weeks I
was getting up to 25-30 s of oxygen in the body… Every day I go for a 7 km walk
and not once have I feel tired or short of breath. In fact I felt strong and
could have kept going. Every other time I have needed to stop for breath and use
the puffer. The secret was/is the nose breathing. Close the mouth and breathe
exclusively through the nose, even when you exercise. It is a miracle in my
life. I am very thankful to you Artour for this manual.
From: Ahmed Hussein, 45
I am 45 years old and have been an asthmatic
virtually all my life. I have had sinus problems most of my life. I had my first
asthma attack at the age of 28 and was in the hospital for 5 days after coming
close to death. My breathing stayed very heavy since then: I'd be winded walking
from my bed to the bathroom in the morning. My drugs were at about $1,000
dollars a month for years... I found the DIY breathing retraining manual on the
internet and after the second day of intensive breathing retraining, my sinuses
cleared, the tightness in my chest disappeared, my lungs cleared and the
secretions stopped. In addition I felt more relaxed, alert and generally well. I
have been off all drugs in 2 weeks. My CP tripled since I started the breathing
exercises and I am determined to get up to 60 s CP. Please, let me express here
my gratitude for your help.
From: Greg Neil, 34
I had extremely bad asthma: using a ventolin inhaler
very frequently and taking becloforte (corticosteroid, 6 puffs 3 times a day);
uniphyllin tablets (twice a day); and prednisolone tablets (another
corticosteroid, 10 to 20 mgs a day depending on my state). I was hospitalized a
few times, including two times in an ER: oximeter reading of 40, steroids and
about 8 nebulizers in the ER alone with my pulse over 160. When I started
Buteyko and DIY device exercises I had less than 10 s CP. I hated the idea of
taping up my mouth but tried it. Now I tape up each night! It makes a huge
difference in the morning. By the end of the first week, I stopped using
ventolin and uniphyllin completely. In 3 weeks I have cut down all my
medication, but my morning CP is still only about 18 s. The Buteyko method does
require conscious awareness of our breathing for a year or more. Even if it
takes longer than this to breathe shallowly automatically I will continue to
apply the method and practice exercises with my breathing device as it has made
such a huge difference to my asthma.
From: Anna, 51
I used to get a stuffy nose very easily and had multiple chemical sensitivities.
My sense of smell was increased and I was highly sensitive to semi-strong scents
like cigarettes, perfume, and paint. I got tightness in my chest every once in a
while and upon regular exercise got easily winded. I noticed that upon starting
breathing exercises, my nose cleared up within days. The biggest problem that
existed for about five years before the course was an allergy-like reaction to
cigarette smoke. This problem decreased after a week of the breathing exercises.
It used to be that I had to run from the smell if I was anywhere near a lit up
cigarette. Now I can even be in the same car with someone smoking, and not have
to worry because I react like a regular person. You have no idea how that makes
me feel after years of suffering and feeling like an outcast due to it. There's
no way I will ever go back to the way I used to breathe. My morning CP is about
32 seconds. I am able to breathe normally around smoke without feeling sick for
the first time in five years.
From: Marek, 27
Sorry for long message, but I would like to share my experience with the Buteyko method and also ask some questions if it is possible.
I am 27 years old from Slovakia and I’ve been suffering from severe general/social anxiety (very anxious and intrusive thinking, tightness in neck and chest, strong chest pain, pain in stomach, feeling of electricity and strong pressure in head, depersonalization etc. etc. ) for 6 years. During that time I’ve spent more than 3000 euros on frauds and charlatans working with methods like one brain, eft, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, regress methods, energies etc. During those 6 years, I’ve done more than 1000 hours of classic relaxation exercises. Also been attending psychologists with almost no success. Also, I’ve been attending psychiatrist for 3 years, just one antipsychotic drug helped me to some degree, but my anxiety was still there.
2 months ago I found Buteyko method that learned me that doing classic relaxation (3 sec inhale 6 sec inhale) is incorrect. I tried my CP and that was about 5 sec. My respiratory system was always at strong tense. I bought several books about Buteyko (included your Advanced Buteyko method, which is probably the best and the most educative) and I began to create air hunger all the days. At the beginning, it was extremely hard for me because I was always suffocated.
Although I used to weight lift 3x per week, my stamina/endurance was extremely terrible. Therefore, I bought a bike and stationary bike and I am working on it at least 30 min per day at pulse 130-150.
After a month I began to feel MUUUCH BETTER and today my CP is usually 20-25 sec.
(... His questions – for details, see https://www.normalbreathing.com/diseases-anxiety-breathing-disorders.php)
Thank you very much.
From: Mike, 26
The breathing course has significantly changed my life. For over 3 years I
was being treated for chronic bronchitis. I was getting more and more of
steroids, antibiotics, and bronchodilators. Then I decided to try Buteyko
breathing retraining using the DIY breathing device. Just after 1 month of
breathing exercises with the DIY breathing device, I have had no bronchitis and
no medication at all. I can easily go running now for 40 minutes with breathing
only through the nose. My sleep and energy level are about 10 times better. I
wish to thank you again for your sincere concern for helping us to overcome our
From: Cecilia, 47
I was panting at the slightest exertion, even from walking 50 m or climbing
as few as 10 stairs. Since starting my breathing sessions (November 2009) I am
now off all medication. This winter (2010) I have had no colds, flu or
bronchitis. My immune system and general health has dramatically improved, all
thanks to you Artour and to Buteyko.
From: Dorothy, 31
For 2 years I was desperate. I had severe chronic bronchitis. Winters were
horrible: one bout of pneumonia or bronchitis after the other. My health was
worsening month after month. One day I came across the Buteyko method on the
internet. Then I downloaded the manual “Amazing DIY breathing device” from
Artour. Within 3 weeks I reduced my medication to one puff in the morning. My
general health has improved dramatically. I have not had a single infection
after starting the Buteyko method. Thanks to you for committing your time to
teach this valuable information.
From: Susan, 56
I only had 25% of my lungs left when I begun using the DIY water device I'm
getting a lot better. Before starting this work, I was on a nebulizer machine
every three hours 24/7 and that means I was up every three hours at night also
and sometimes every hour. I was on every inhaler you can imagine. My doctors
told me there was nothing else they could do for me. I was at the emergency room
three times a week and in the hospital once a month sometimes for a week at a
time and sometimes two weeks at a time. Today, it has been almost 3 years since
I've used the DIY device. I started with a miserable 7 s CP. My lungs are now
over 60% now and I can go days without using the nebulizer machine. If I have to
use it, I will use it only once instead of 15 or 20 a day. For the first time in
twelve years I'm beginning to have a life and hope, and it is all because of
Buteyko. My morning CP is now about 25 s. I can take long walks now! I practice
for 60 min every day (3 breathing sessions for 20 min with the DIY device) and
will continue doing so. Thank you, Artour, for all your great work in writing
and sharing this invaluable knowledge.
From: Arnold, 51
I suffered from sleep apnea for over 10 years and emphysema for 3 years. It
got so bad that I was hospitalized 4 times to an emergency room. I was so
breathless that I literally could do nothing more then lie on the couch while
waiting for my wife to find me. I began the use of bronchodilators and steroids,
as well as 24 hour O2 therapy. Once browsing the net, I downloaded the manual
about breathing retraining and the DIY device. I re-read it 4 times. Within
three days after getting the manual - I stopped bronchodilators and put aside
the oxygen tanks. It has been hard but it works! In 5 months of practice I feel
better than I have felt in 7 years. What are the changes? My sinuses are clear,
no wheezing, no coughing; I have lost over 20 pounds, my sleep is great …
From: Mike, 68
I had emphysema and snoring with horrible mornings and
foggy head. I used to wake 3-4 times in a night with a very dry mouth and need to
get up to drink water. My medications before the Buteyko course: Pulmicort,
Prednisone, Atrovent, Rani, etc. After one month of breathing through my
favorite toy (the DIY device), I cut all medication except 2 puffs of Pulmicort
per day. My sleep is now perfect. Now I am waking up in the morning with a
clearer head (thanks to mouth taping and higher MCP) and have also stopped
snoring. I will persist until I get my lungs normal and my CP is up to 60 s or
more. It is very important to do breathing exercises daily and follow all other
ideas related to lifestyle factors. Each of them (nasal breathing only,
sleeping on the left side or chest, eating only when really hungry, proper
nutrients, etc.) are crucial for success. Many thanks for all your help.
From: Andrea, 27
I used to suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Since 2004 I had to stay in
bed for weeks feeling totally exhausted. I was so tired, I could hardly move my
body parts. Two weeks after starting the breathing retraining my chronic fatigue
is gone. My initial CP was 6 seconds. By the end of the first week I had built
it up to 20 seconds. Now it is in the mid thirties. I am much more calm and
relaxed. My cravings for coffee and sugar are gone. I am a different person. I
am in control of my health and life.
From: Ron, 59
My chronic fatigue started about 15 years ago. For the
first 4 years my health was getting progressively worse. Previously, I enjoyed
daily runs, up to 15-25 km per day for about 2 decades. After getting sick, my
physical fitness was greatly reduced. When I tried light jogging for 20-40 min
only (it was too hard to run more) in cold weather, I would get sick with
infections for the next 2-3 days: fever (over 38 degrees), a very sore throat, a
husky voice, a totally blocked nose and a lot of mucus. My sleep was up to 11-12
hours per night and it was horrible: waking up several times every night,
tossing in the bed for 30-60 min or more, and I also had headaches… My first CP
measurement was 7 seconds. In 1 week of breathing retraining I was up to 20 s.
In 2 months, I was up to 50-60 s of oxygen in the morning. My sleep is down
to 4 hours now: I fall asleep in about 1 minute and wake up in what feels like a
moment later only to find out that 4 hours passed in a flash. After my sleep, I
am again full of energy and have no desire to sleep more. I haven’t had a single
infection after I started my breath retraining. What is even more surprising is
that when I got over 40 s MCP, I started to crave physical activity. I do not
run, I virtually fly above ground with … light nasal breathing. I go running for
1.5-2 hours every day and feel even stronger than I was 20 years ago! It is the
most incredible health therapy I ever tried and experienced.
From: Sandra Henderson, 67
I was diagnosed with Grand Mal Epilepsy when I was 17. I am now 67. After
taking Artour Rakhimov's classes on Buteyko Breathing, I went off all medication.
It has been 1 1/2 years and I am seizure free. My heart rate has gone down; I
have more energy and sleep soundly through the night.
From: Bret, 23
I had problems with sinuses for many years. My nose was
totally blocked all the time. I lost all sense of smell. My initial CP was about
9 s. After finding out about Buteyko and his method, I got a manual and made my
personal DIY breathing device. In a week I was able to breath through my nose
most of the time. In less than a month I achieved over 20 s CP 24/7. I can now
sense different smells and aromas and my nose is clear. I should thank Dr.
Buteyko and you, Artour for this amazing method.
I suffered from extreme air hunger/difficulty
breathing/chest breathing/labored breathing for 14 years. All the tests run by
my doctors came back normal and there was no help in sight. No amount of yoga,
pranayama, or any other holistic living practices gave me any relief in terms of
my breathing problem. Three weeks ago I found this awesome website. I started
applying the breathing techniques and within 2 days I found immense relief. My
constant chest tightness of 14 years disappeared like it never existed. I am
breathing comfortably with the help of my diaphragm instead of my chest. I also
purchased the Frolov Breathing Device. It accelerated my progress severalfold.
My constant yawning and air hunger have dramatically subsided after just 2 weeks
of Buteyko and three nights of Frolov. I feel alive again. I am so very
From: Rick, 37
I'm a singer, this is half the reason I
bought the product... 15 minutes of using this product on the second day and it
awakened my diaphram into into the full singing shape it was 2 years ago when I
was getting daily voice lessons. I do not attribute this to muscle memory
because I have been trying for weeks to get my diaphragm activated, I think you
just saved my singing career...
From: Otto, 63
After three weeks of the DIY device practice my blood pressure went down to a
normal level and it has stayed there ever since. My sleep and digestion have
improved, I breathe easier and I can even run 5 km without feeling tired. It has
been the most amazing change in my health and life! Thank you for your great
From: Mary, 45
Thanks to breathing exercises I learned how to control
panic attacks (when I feel that they are approaching) and keep my blood pressure
normal. I do not take any blood pressure medication anymore. My CP increased
from about 12 to 30 s. Another of the benefits of the breathing exercises is
that I sleep really well, only for 6 hours, and wake up feeling refreshed. In
the past, 9 hours of sleep were not enough. I plan to increase my physical
activity up to 1.5-2 hours per day and get an even higher CP.
From: Huan, 27
I got problems with chronic coughing after severe carbon monoxide
poisoning. On top of that weeks later I developed various digestive problems
(bloating, irritable bowel, GERD, etc.). For over 3 years I tried almost
everything: supplements, herbs, fasting, colonic irrigation, acupuncture, etc.
Some of these things could improve by symptoms but only for a few days. While
searching the internet, I stumbled over Buteyko, but I dismissed it. Finally,
out of desperation, I tried the breathing retraining program from the DIY-device
manual written by Artour (www. Normalbreathing.com) and within the first 3 days
I started to sleep much better and my cough bouts become about 4-5 times shorter
in duration. Eventually, when my CP got up to 30 s, all coughing has stopped. I
have even more energy now than prior to Buteyko. Thank you, Artour, for your
From: Michelle, 29
My 9-year son developed a chronic hacking cough at 7. His mouth and
throat were always full of mucus and required clearing. For two years we were
going from one specialist to another (respirologist, ear-nose-throat, allergy)
and they could not find the cause. None of the drugs they suggested and we tried
worked. After practicing the breathing exercises (“Amazing DIY Breathing
Device”) for just one month, his cough is absolutely gone!
From: Randy-Wayne: Fricke
I had been a 3 to 4 pack a day Marlboro Man for many years. I never had a cough
while I was a smoker though. A cough developed AFTER I quit cigarettes. I went
as pure as I could in my environment. Room air filtration systems, not being
around other smokers, moving to the country, the works. Nothing seemed to help
until I discovered Artour's "Stop Coughing' videos on YouTube. Since practicing
his techniques my cough has subsided by at least 90%. I now can go for hours even
days without coughing. Thank you Artour for your fabulous work.
From: Larry, 21
Using the FREE breathing exercises on this site, I have
eliminated: constipation, blocked nose, a desire to cough, cold hands and
feet, an inability to sleep, a lack of focus, sleepiness in the morning, and
nervousness (or stage fright).
I will definitively be working to improve my CP as well.
Artour, thank you for this priceless information.
Following lifestyle suggestions and breathing exercises from this site
has improved my periods’ cramps from extremely painful to mild and painful
benign breast lumps to almost nonexistent. Headaches almost are gone, by
following instructions on removal of focal infections.
Also, it uses to take me 1 hour to fall asleep, now it takes 10 minutes.
I've got a long way to go as my MCP is 13, with a painful skin condition and
bad digestion problems, but so far it has been worth it.
Thank you for your dedication in sharing this valuable health knowledge.
Words can't express how helpful this understanding has been.
From: Volker, 40
I am forty years old. My daily cp is between 50 and 60 depending on
exercise and food. My pulse is around 55 when relaxed. I started with
25-30cp in the day and 17 in the morning, probably because I did sports all
my life. Mouth taping, exercise (with a mask, the DIY breathing device and
reduced breathing very often) and some other things made me double my cp
quite fast. The effects of the method in my case:
I don't drink coffee anymore, because I never get tired
anymore. And my heart rate rises 10-20%, which feels uncomfortable, if
drinking it. I can’t stand smoking no more, although I was a weekend smoker
with 0-10 cigarettes a month all my life. I can run 10 km with
elevation-mask every day easily, as well as additionally hours of other
activities... all with fun. Working 60 hours or more a week is normal
(which is mostly fun also). I use fewer blankets and never feel cold. I fall
to sleep very fast now. My concentration is way better leading me to better
skills in all areas (social, science, music, wushu, and yoga etc.). I only
sleep 5 to 6 hours and probably could live excellent with even less. I lost
8 pounds without aiming it. I feel spiritually empowered and I am able to
understand the essence and logic of everything I am dealing with if I
intend. The only problem: I want to help many people because they have big
problems. This often is not possible, because of suppressed knowledge of Dr.
Buteyko, the lack of intelligence in people (because of wrong breathing) and
because of my little experience with explaining it in a way, that is
appropriate for the individual in a psychological and intellectual sense.
Thank u very much Artour. I was looking 20 years for the key. I read
hundreds of spiritual or philosophical books. And I had very experienced
masters in different areas for long. But now it feels as if I came to some
final solutions. The method is the answer for questions I carried around for
decades. I hope I can stay motivated to get to 180 cp...probable it will be
His update from March 2013. The combination of
RB in the sauna, 25m diving after exhalation in the pool 10 times and one
time 50m after inhalation, 40 min yoga with RB and 40 min rowing and cycling
with the Training Mask in the morning took me over 70 s CP today. I love to
be creative with exercise!!! Thanks, Artour for inspiration...without you, I
would still breath through my mouth at night for 8-9 hours instead of 5 (or
less) without that bad habit. Oh dear... I should count the extra hours from
now on! What a priceless gift you presented to us. I hope the next morning my CP
will be nice too And my passion for exercise makes me very curious about
your book [about Buteyko breathing exercises], although I have three of
Buteyko Testimonials of Medical Practitioners
Dr. S. N. Paschenko, MD, Zaporozhsky State Institute of Further Medical Education, Zaporozhie, Ukraine, from the best ever known clinical trial on cancer: "It was established that the elimination of hyperventilation and hypocapnia in patients with breast cancer (T1-2N1M0) after the completion of the special treatment led to an increased three-year survival rate, better quality of life, including released fear of unfavorable outcomes of the treatment, improved working ability, easier social adaptation and relief of edema of upper extremities... the three-year survival rate after surgeries was 95.5% in patients of the main group, and 75.5% in the control group (p<0.05)."
“Those practicing Buteyko Breathing Technique reduced
hyperventilation and their use of beta2-agonists. A trend toward
reduced inhaled steroid use and better quality of life was observed in
these patients without objective changes in measures of airway caliber.”
Simon D Bowler, FRACP, Thoracic Physician, Charles A Mitchell, FRACP,
Associate Professor, Australia
"The simple fact is that 34 patients, prior to Buteyko, were costing
$15,000 for their asthma medication," he said. "After Buteyko, they
were costing $5,000. That's a reduction of two-thirds in their drugs
bill. If this was extended to the rest of the country, very significant
savings could be made."
Doctor Gerald Spence, GP, Glasgow, the UK
"I have experienced the Buteyko breathing technique both personally
and professionally and found it to be a very effective treatment for
asthma. I experienced substantial relief and improvement for my
lifelong asthma and rhinitis within 3 days of starting my treatment
seminar and the results have proved to be long-lasting. I was so
impressed that I have now trained as a Buteyko practitioner."
Doctor Kevin Treacy, New Zealand
"Professor Buteyko's principles are entirely consistent with the
physiological facts established by medical research 120 years ago. The
Buteyko system makes use of the person's own resources and trains them
in taking responsibility for their own health. They become less
dependant on outside agencies such as hospitals, doctors, and
physiotherapists, thereby reducing the costs to the health service".
Doctor Godfrey Nelson, M.B.B.A, F.R.A.C, G.P., the UK
"I've been astonished and also very pleased with the excellent
result. There is no disruption of their life at all by their disease:
normal activities; not waking at night; not needing to use any reliever
medications. It's just great...75% control is about as good as anyone
has got in any study of asthma. The neat thing about it is that it has
no side effects. It's very safe. The Buteyko technique certainly has
been shown to be an important adjunct to treatment."
Doctor Bob Cowie, Calgary Trial of the Buteyko Method, Canada
"It changed my life. Before I could barely walk up stairs now I can
manage a 10-mile hike. I was using my puffer four times a day as well
as steroids and now I"m off all drugs."
Doctor John Stanley of the British National Public Health Laboratory.
"The Buteyko Institute Method provides a comprehensive approach to
achieving safe and effective asthma control. I find that the Buteyko
Institute Method helps control asthma through simple breathing
exercises and asthma education, rather than medication. the method
respects the doctor-patient relationship, teaching patients to control
their reliever medication, only stepping down steroids under rather
than medication. The method respects the doctor-patient relationship,
teaching patients to control their reliever medication, only stepping
down steroids under medical supervision. This is in line with accepted
'best practice' asthma management worldwide."
Doctor Anand, MBBS MRCGP, Newcastle upon Tyne, the UK
"Over the last two years, I have examined many patients before and
after the [Buteyko] course and found the improvement to be repeatable
to the degree that patients in over 90% of cases can stop medical
treatment, or reduce it to less than half, of that, which was
previously required. I attended the tutorials and found the approach,
tuition and the method to be responsible and safe. As a medical doctor
and Naturopath, I am impressed and surprised at the effectiveness and
safety of this natural approach..."
Doctor Paul Ameison, MBBS, MD, DAC, ND, the UK
"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Buteyko Technique
works," said Doctor Bob Cowie MD, resident Respirologist at the Foothills
Hospital and Manager of Calgary Buteyko Clinical Trial. "The results of this
study shows it is a wonderful adjunct to conventional treatment of Asthma. We
had super results that no one else has been able to match even with the best
Doctor Bob Cowie, Calgary Trial of the Buteyko Method, Canada
"This study clearly demonstrates that teaching people with asthma to
breathe correctly with the Buteyko Institute Method provides
significant improvements. The Buteyko Institute Method will be the key
to reducing patients' reliance on their inhalers and helping people
manage their asthma with significantly less medication and feeling more
in control of their condition."
Jill McGowan, Medical Nurse, Nurse Lecturer and Educator, Glasgow, Scotland
Recipient of Great Scot Award 2001, Pride of Britain Award 2002
"... My book, Every Breath You Take, was the result of six years of
research into the Buteyko Method and the results it has achieved for
asthma sufferers. The results are astonishing and suggest a direct link
between our breathing patterns and our level of health."
Doctor Paul Ameison, MBBS, MD, DAC, ND, the UK
"As lung specialists, we know from clinical experience that even
spending a small amount of time teaching patients how to manage their
condition and control their breathing appropriately can reduce both the
number of asthma attacks and improve their quality of life."
Dr. John Harvey Chair of the British Thoracic Society communications
committee, the UK
“This method was originally designed to help people overcome asthma,
yet the benefits extend to many different maladies. If you have asthma,
snoring, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, high blood
pressure, chronic cough, anxiety or panic, insomnia or any other
stress-related condition, I would encourage you to learn more about
this. If it sounds a bit like snake oil, it’s only because breathing,
specifically poor breathing technique, is the cornerstone to so many
breathing disorders. Learning to breathe properly can result in a
dramatic improvement in your health and significantly reduce the amount
of medication used for chronic conditions.”
Dr. Larry Greenblatt, family and sports medicine physician, Issaquah,
WA, New Zealand
"Having heard remarkable reports from my patients who did the
Buteyko course, my son and I tried it out. I learned how to eliminate a
migraine headache and my son's asthma, made worse by cold and exercise
was noticeably better just by doing the exercises. At the six weeks
follow-up everyone had made progress, e.g. from asthma, fatigue from
sleep problems, snoring, sleep apnea, anxiety, panic attacks and
improvement in athletic performance. And there was a sense of
confidence that the exercises could continue to provide relief of
symptoms. I noticed my sleep quality was better too. I feel confident
in recommending this course to my patients who have asthma, sleep
problems, anxiety and panic attacks and sleep apnea. I believe every
health professional should experience the course for themselves. The
theory in itself is well worth hearing as it makes sense and its
practical application is the evidence of its efficacy. It's quite
possible that Buteyko breathing could have much wider health
Anne O'Reilly MB BCh FRNZCGP, New Zealand
"I work in General Practice and the knowledge that I gained from
Glenn’s course has been invaluable to my understanding of some the
health problems presenting in the people I see. I cannot imagine
practicing medicine without the understanding I now have of the impact
of faulty breathing on health. I highly recommend the Buteyko Course.
It is very useful for asthma but also chronic hay fever and snoring and
has a role to play in the management of anxiety."
Mimi Irwin MBCHB, Dip Obs, D MF Homeopathy London, Fellow of the Royal
New Zealand College of General Practitioners, New Zealand
"Glenn has helped many of my patients and empowered them to move
beyond their asthma. With his Buteyko techniques, they have been able to
reduce inhaler use significantly. He has been particularly successful
with children – they love Glenn's enthusiastic style. I have no
hesitation in recommending Glenn and his techniques to patients."
Graeme Kidd MBChB, FRNZC, GP Howick, New Zealand
"As a General Practitioner for twenty-five years, I have often been
dissatisfied with the disease control and quality of life achieved by
my asthmatic patients. The common thread despite their use of
medication correctly has been poor perception and attitude towards
their illness, often with fear of loss of control. All of my patients
who have been referred to Buteyko have returned with a much stronger
attitude towards monitoring symptoms and controlling their condition.
This has for every patient resulted in much greater self-confidence and
improved enjoyment of life, often with the reduced need for medication,
especially during exacerbations. I have found Glenn extremely
consultative about my patients, completely professional in his
approach, and especially co-operative about my recommendations for
medication. At no time has he suggested an alteration to inhaler
programmes without full consultation and I have been impressed to find
that his suggestions have invariably been wise treatment changes. I,
therefore, have complete confidence in referring my patients to him for
Buteyko teaching and enjoy their renewed enthusiasm for life and
control of their asthma."
Graeme F Washer MBChB, FRACS, New Zealand
“The ability to produce marked reductions in asthma-drug utilization
suggests that the pharmaco-economic implications of BBT merit further
study. Clarification of the mechanisms underlying the effectiveness
of BBT is a further goal, given that BBT appears to represent a safe,
efficacious alternative for the management of asthma...All published
studies on the Buteyko breathing technique, including one which we
performed in Gisborne, have shown positive results. Reductions of
reliever medications averaged 85 to 95 percent and reductions in
preventer medication 40 to 50 percent.”
Bruce Duncan MB, ChB, MSc, MRCGP, MFPHM, FAFPHM, DCH, Gisborne
Doctor Patrick McHugh, BMedSc, MB, ChB, DipGUMed, Dip MSM, Emergency
Department, Gisborne Hospital, Australia
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