The Buteyko method is named after its founder Doctor Konstantin Buteyko. It is the most effective drug-free approach for the management of asthma and other breathing related problems. It can be practiced by both adults and children, and gives quick and consistent results.
The Buteyko method is neither a medical treatment nor procedure. It does not involve any medication, homeopathy or herbs. It is series of lectures related to breathing which enables people to understand a concept of ‘normal breathing’ or breathing according to physiological norms. It contains simple breathing techniques and logical instructions to follow. It also gives the means of controlling breathing parameters without any technical appliances. Buteyko method brings the physiological parameters of the body to the norm. It can be easily incorporated into the daily life of any contemporary person. It does not require you to interrupt your everyday activities to perform any sophisticated procedures similar to yogi’s ‘asana’. You can use the concept of the method at any time in any situation.
The success of the Buteyko method in the treatment of asthma is backed by hard scientific data. Clinical trials funded by the Australian Association of Asthma Foundations in 1994 at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane demonstrated that asthmatics were able to reduce their symptomatic medication intake by 90% and their steroid medication by 30%. This reduction in medication was accompanied by improvements in their general health and quality of life.
Definition of the method by its founder Dr. K.Buteyko
“Thirty seven years have passed since the time I found the cause of several of the most wide spread diseases which belong to so called “civilisation diseases” (bronchial, cardiovascular, allergic etc.). These diseases have one common cause – alveolar hyperventilation or deep breathing. It had occurred to me: reduction in depth of breathing or normalisation of breathing may treat such diseases. An experimental study proved the validity of this presumption; more so, as it was based on the laws of physiology, biochemistry, biology and other disciplines.
…The essence of the method is to decrease the depth of breathing by will power and by relaxation of breathing muscles until one achieves a slight feeling of lack of air. All mentally healthy adults and children from the age of three can use the method.”
Dr. Konstantin Buteyko
(from the preface to the collection “Buteyko Method: the experience of the implementation in the medical practice”, (in Russ.), Odessa, TITUL, 1991)
I have damaged lungs and am on supplemental oxygen for several years now. I take no drugs and do not use inhalers. I do take Guaifenesin several times every day. This is the first new thing that I have found that appears to offer any help. A lot more information may be found here: Buteyko Method Breathing I first read about this from Dr Mercola Learning to Breathe Correctly