Why the name Buteyko?

The Buteyko Breathing Method is “named after Russian Dr Konstantin Buteyko who discovered that breathing a volume of air greater than metabolic requirements negatively affects our health depending on genetic predisposition. Characteristics of overbreathing include; mouth breathing, regular sighs, regular sniffing, feeling an air shortage, irregular breathing, upper chest breathing, excessive breathlessness from physical exertion, waking up with a dry mouth and holding of the breath during sleep.” (Source – ButeykoClinic.com)

A selection of articles about The Buteyko Breathing Method

Buteyko article Maggie Cowan-Hughes Buteyko Bristol

Buteyko article by Maggie Cowan-Hughes (2012) – click image to read full article.

Buteyko article Runners Connect

Buteyko at Runners Connect (2013) – click image to read full article

Buteyko article Australian Nurses Journal

Article about Buteyko and Sleep Apnoea (2004) – click image to read full article

Buteyko article Dr Mercola

Article about Buteyko from Dr Mercola – click  image to read full article.

Buteyko article Scoop New Zealand

Buteyko article New Zealand (2012) – click image to read full article.

Buteyko article by Don Gordon of CascadeBreath LLC

Article about Buteyko and Sleep by Don Gordon of CascadeBreath LLC – click image to read full article

Buteyko article New York Times

Buteyko article New York Times (2009) – click image to read full article.

Buteyko article in the UK Guardian newspaper

Buteyko article UK Guardian Newspaper (2004) – click image to read full article.

Buteyko article in the UK Daily Mail newspaper

Buteyko article in UK Daily Mail (2011) – click image  to read full article

Health Authority and Medical Acceptance of Buteyko

UNITED KINGDOM – BRITISH THORACIC SOCIETY 2008

“Buteyko Breathing Technique may be considered to help patients to control the symptoms of asthma.“
Guidelines on the management of asthma 2008
NHS doctors can now prescribe Buteyko to help people with asthma.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH & QUALITY 2012

Buteyko, a hyperventilation reduction breathing technique, achieves:
“medium to large improvements in asthma symptoms and reductions in reliever medications”
Read more here.

Scientific Trials relating to Buteyko

Australia – Mater Hospital, Bristbane 1999
Results: 95% reduction reliever medication; 49% reduction inhaled steroids
New Zealand – Gisborne 2003
Results: 85% reduction reliever medication: 50% reduction inhaled steriods
United Kingdom – Nottingham 2003
Results: 100% reduction reliever medication: 41.5% reduction inhaled steroids
Scotland – Glasgow 2003
Results: 90% reduction in medication tested 6 months after taking course
New Zealand – Giborne 2006
Results: 66% reduction reliever medication: 41% reduction inhaled steroids
Canada – Calgary 2008
Results: 75% reduction in reliever medication; 41% reduction inhaled steroids
In addition to reduction in medication patients experienced significant improvements in measures of quality of life scores, symptom scores, and also a reduced number of courses of oral steroids.
“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.”
Dr. Robert Cowie, Resident Respirologist of Foothills Hospital in Calgary and head researcher on the Buteyko Breathing Technique Medical Trial. (October 2004 – April 2005)
Click here to watch a video of an interview with Dr Cowie