'Buteyko' is a system of gentle breathing exercises, named after its creator, Prof. Konstantin Buteyko, a Ukrainian doctor. It was developed in the 1950's and became widely used in Russia, gradually spreading to other countries, particularly Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Buteyko is best known in connection with asthma. There is extensive research to back its use in asthma, and in over 150 other conditions, including bronchitis, emphysema, allergies, sleep apnoea and snoring. See Links for more details.
I trained in Buteyko technique in 2000. I run introductory Buteyko courses in Totnes, South Devon. For your own peace of mind, please read my Terms and Conditions before using my services.
We all develop poor habits in life. Poor eating habits, poor posture, and poor breathing habits too. We are not aware of this. The way we breathe usually just feels normal! But poor breathing can lead to less oxygen in your blood, and this in turn can lead to many health problems.
Bad breathing habits include mouth breathing, snoring, panicky breathing, sniffing, and hyperventilation.
The British Guideline on the Management of Asthma, 2014, is issued by the British Thoracic Society. It grants permission for British health professionals to recommend Buteyko technique, stating that the method "can improve asthma symptoms, quality of life, and reduce bronchodilator requirement in adults with asthma". Buteyko technique is given the top grade, A, for quality of evidence. https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/document-library/clinical-information/asthma/btssign-asthma-guideline-2014/ British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, British Guideline on the Management of Asthma, Guideline no. 141. Edinburgh:SIGN; 2008
Never stop medication without professional guidance. A responsible Buteyko practitioner will never ask you to stop your medication, in fact, they will encourage you to take it as your doctor directs.
If you find that the breathing exercises lead you to need less medication, discuss this with your doctor.
Information on this site is for educational and personal use only, and is not intended in any way as prescription or diagnosis. It is not a substitute for medical advice. If you have a medical condition, or take prescription medication, do not neglect good quality medical support.
The terms 'treat' and 'treatment', or similar, do not promise or imply cure.
It is impossible to fit all the relevant research evidence onto this website, but there are some sources in the Links pages.