The Buteyko Breathing Method is a series of exercises and teachings developed by a Russian Medical Doctor, Dr. Konstantin Buteyko, (1923-2003), to correct abnormal breathing patterns and restore health. In his third year of medical school, Buteyko was given the assignment to study the breathing of people nearing death. He observed that people who were dying breathed significantly deeper than those who were healthy. Buteyko also noticed that when he asked healthy people to breathe deeply, they immediately exhibited a variety of detrimental symptoms. Applying these revelations with the Bohr Effect¹, Dr. Buteyko realized that deep/over-breathing (hyperventilating) caused decreased carbon dioxide levels, and consequently oxygen is unable to reach and sustain the organs and tissues of the body. Symptoms such as shortness of breath, snoring, sleep apnea, sinus pain and infections, allergies, fatigue, anxiety, foggy thinking, etc. are common for people who hyperventilate.
Dr. Buteyko successfully treated thousands of people with his Breathing Method, and attributed many of our “civilisation-induced diseases” to chronic over-breathing. To see if the Buteyko Breathing Method can help you, click here: “I don’t hyperventilate, do I?”
Dr. Glass began studying the Buteyko Breathing Method after experiencing severe asthma attacks. Now asthma-free, she enjoys kayaking, walking, gardening, and other outdoor activities. Dr. Glass decided to become a teacher of the Buteyko Breathing Method to provide her clients with the enhancement of health that she continues to experience. She is especially fond of the Buteyko technique as an exemplary manifestation of the Naturopathic principle that calls ND’s to identify and treat the root cause of disease.
Exciting News Validating the Effectiveness Of Using The Buteyko Breathing Method To Treat People With Asthma: In September, 2012 the governmental Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a report containing their results of comparing 22 different breathing techniques for their comparative effectiveness in treating people with asthma. Of all the techniques reviewed, the AHRQ only cited the Buteyko Breathing Method as warranting promise and further investigation. You may read more about this report at Buteyko Education or this NY Times Blog.
¹Bohr Effect: Coined in 1904 by Danish physiologist Christian Bohr, the Bohr Effect states that when carbon dioxide levels are low, hemoglobin has a strong affinity to oxygen – i.e., it holds onto the oxygen, refusing to release it to the parts of the body that need it to function properly.
Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your Buteyko class. I took it even though I was suspicious about the possibility that it could help. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 12. and since then have struggled with it to varying degrees. At its worst I ended up hospitalized, and at its best I can exercise normally – as long as I have been taking my steroid inhaler and always have my rescue inhaler with me. Having asthma has compromised my quality of life: it is hard to sit around a campfire, I cannot just “go hiking” without taking medications that have awful side effects, and when I get a cold it goes straight to my lungs.
Since finishing the Buteyko class 3 weeks ago, I have gone from using my inhaler twice a day to using it just 3 times. I even got a cold during that period, and not only did I recover much more quickly than usual, the cold never settled in my chest. Using the Buteyko breathing method and techniques you taught us in class has allowed me to breathe my way out of several situations in which I would normally use my inhaler.
For the first time in 20 years, I feel in control of my breathing.