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THE BUTEYKO METHOD FOR ASTHMA

 

Officially Recommended by Respiratory Specialists

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The Buteyko Breathing Method may be little known of in North East England, but it has been proven to be the most effective complementary method for treating asthma in the Western World.

It has undergone six successful, high quality, published clinical trials which are recognised by the medical establishment.

In fact, the official UK asthma clinical guideline used by NHS doctors, the BTS/SIGN British Guideline on the Management of Asthma, recommends the Buteyko Method (cat. B).  And it is the only complementary or alternative treatment to be so recommended.

The clinical studies referenced in the guideline report typical results of 85-90% decrease in the use of bronchodilator (reliever) drugs, and 49-50% decrease in the use of steroid (preventer) drugs, by those using the Buteyko Breathing Technique.

 

Extracts from the conclusions of these scientific trials read as follows:

Those practising BBT (Buteyko Breathing Technique) reduced hyperventilation and their use of beta2-agonists (reliever drugs). A trend toward reduced inhaled steroid use and better quality of life was observed in these patients ..  Bowler SD, Green A, Mitchell CA. Buteyko breathing techniques in asthma: a blinded randomised controlled trial. Med J Aust 1998;169(11-12):575-8.

BBT is a safe and efficacious asthma management technique. BBT has clinical and potential pharmaco-economic benefits that merit further study. McHugh P, Aitcheson F, Duncan B, Houghton F. Buteyko breathing technique for asthma: An effective intervention. N Z Med J 2003;116(1187):U710.

We conclude that the BBT may be effective in improving the quality of life and reducing the intake of inhaled reliever medication in patients with asthma.      Opat AJ, Cohen MM, Bailey MJ, Abramson MJ. A clinical trial of the Buteyko Breathing Technique in asthma as taught by a video. J Asthma 2000;37(7):557-64.

The Buteyko breathing technique can improve symptoms and reduce bronchodilator use but does not appear to change bronchial responsiveness or lung function .. Cooper S, Oborne J, Newton S, Harrison V, Thompson Coon J, Lewis S, et al. Effect of two breathing exercises (Buteyko and pranayama) in asthma: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax 2003;58(8):674-9.


The Buteyko Method is guaranteed to reduce asthma symptoms and the need for asthma medication

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