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Buteyko Breathing Method 101: The Basics

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Last Updated Sep 11, 2020

What is Buteyko?

The Buteyko Breathing Method is a series of lectures on breathing that teach people to understand the concept of "normal breathing" according to the physiological norms of the body. It is a drug free therapy that consists of breathing techniques and logical instructions for the client to follow.

The theory behind Buteyko is that people "over-breathe". When breathing normally, the oxygen level in the blood is around 96 to 98 percent. If you breathe more, the increase in oxygen level is negligible but you actually lose carbon dioxide, which is essential for the body to utilize oxygen correctly. If the levels of carbon dioxide drop, the oxygen level drops as well in something called the "Bohr effect" and it causes oxygen starvation in the tissues. The Buteyko Breathing Method corrects this over-breathing.

The Buteyko Breathing Method does not involve any complicated breathing exercises. As well as exercises, the therapy explains the origins of the problem and gives you ways of consciously controlling and preventing it. This simple exercises can even be done by children and can be done at any time of the day.

Conditions Treated

The Buteyko Breathing Method can help with a wide range of conditions including:

  • asthma
  • sleep apnea
  • snoring
  • emphysema
  • sinusitis
  • rhinitis
  • hay fever
  • blocked nose
  • allergies
  • bronchitis
  • bronchiectasis
  • panic and anxiety conditions

Benefits of Buteyko

The Buteyko Breathing Method can help to:

  • reduce asthma symptoms and the need for medication
  • unblock the nose and sinuses
  • restore nasal breathing
  • reduce snoring and apnea
  • reduce mucous production and the prevalence of allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
  • improve the ability to cope with stress
  • improve the immune system
  • reduce headaches and migraine
  • reduce anxiety and panic attacks
  • improve concentration
  • reduce irritability and depression
  • increase stamina and energy levels

To learn more, consult with a Buteyko Breathing Technique specialist in your area.

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Originally published on Aug 04, 2007

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