The Buteyko Breathing Method

K.P. Buteyko

In the 1950s a Russian medical scientist, Konstantin Buteyko, discovered the link between disease and breathing.

Very simply, Professor Buteyko found that our breathing determines whether we get the diseases of civilisation – and how badly we get them. That’s because the average depth and volume of our breathing has a profound effect on the uptake of oxygen, metabolism and all bodily systems.

Healthy humans breathe 3-4ltr of air a minute

You can measure the average amount of air we breathe – just like our pulse, blood pressure and temperature. Here are the healthy norms quoted by physiologists:

  • body temperature 98.6 C
  • pulse 60 – 70 beats a minute
  • blood pressure 120/80
  • breathing (or respiration) 3 – 4 litres a minute.

Professor Buteyko’s exhaustive research led him to this immutable conclusion:

Hundreds of chronic diseases can be explained from habitually breathing above the healthy norm. The more you over-breathe, the more disturbed your body chemistry and the more severe your chronic disease

The tendency to involuntarily and habitually over-breathe is known as chronic hyperventilation syndrome (CHVS). It’s extremely common – afflicting (to various degrees) over 80% of all people.

If you’re ill, stop overbreathing

Exhaustive research showed that all sufferers of asthma, allergies, diabetes and some 200 separately named diseases share one thing. They all ventilate or breathe significantly above the physiologically recommended norm. And people who breathe within the healthy norm do not get any diseases of civilisation.

It occurred to Professor Buteyko that if he could retrain the breathing pattern so that it reverted to the healthy norm then he could reverse these diseases.

The method corrects your breathing to reverse disease

After years of tests, Professor Buteyko found a way to normalise the breathing pattern. This system or approach has become known as The Buteyko Method.

Over the past 50+ years, The Buteyko Method has helped tens of thousands of people reverse their chronic diseases and attain robust health. The Method teaches you to recondition your involuntary breathing pattern.

Basic training usually takes from 5 – 20 days depending on

  • the severity of health problems
  • what medication you’re on
  • how disturbed your breathing is.

You should only practise the method under the supervision of a qualified Buteyko Practitioner.



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